RECAP: @UTTylerBaseball rallies to sweep Cowboys
Hardin-Simmons (10-16)
#4 UT Tyler (24-4)
4/1/2017 | Tyler, Tx | Attendance: 250
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Win: Cody Brown (4-2) 7.030014
Loss: Ritzel (1-2) 0.002230
Beasley (HSU) 301000
Parker (HSU) 301000
Berryman (HSU) 301000
Graham Welch (UTTBB) 201010
Ben Romines (UTTBB) 301100

Saturday, April 1, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist ||

TYLER – Graham Welch ripped a two-run triple down the right-field line and Dalton Smith came through with the walk-off hit as No. 4-ranked UT Tyler rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to take a 6-5 win and series sweep of Hardin-Simmons on Saturday at Irwin Field.

Down 5-0 through five innings in the series finale, the Patriots (25-4, 14-1 ASC) would extend a seven-game winning streak after also earning a 2-0 win in the second game of the series to start the day. UT Tyler improved to 15-2 at home with the win and have now swept four straight conference series.

The Patriots would make the finale back into a game in the seventh inning with Gunnar Quick driving in a run with a groundout before Daniel Williams drilled a double off the right-field fence to score Blake Wilson who had walked. UT Tyler went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the eighth and trailed 5-3 going to the ninth where Tim Hunter would reach on his third walk of the game. Hunter, who has reached base in 20 straight games, was on second after a wild pitch and was joined on the bases by Quick who walked. With runners on first and second, Welch pulled the first pitch he saw down the right-field line and sprinted to third base as Quick and Hunter touched home plate to tie the game. HSU would intentionally walk Ben Romines and Josh Burns to load the bases with one out in the inning to bring up Smith. After taking a ball to start the at-bat, Smith drilled a pitch to a drawn-in center field to score Welch from third and send his teammates into a celebration frenzy on the infield.

“We got two great at-bats from Tim and Gunnar to set the table and then Graham rips the triple,” UT Tyler head coach Brent Porche said. “At that point, I felt like we were going to get it done. We had momentum and Dirty (Smith) put a great swing on that ball. I couldn’t be more excited for him. He is a guy who works every day and with some injuries is getting an opportunity and is making the most of it.”

Reese Read (1-0) would earn the win for the Patriots after shutting the Cowboys down in order in the top of the ninth after Chris Stodolka had thrown a flawless eighth to keep getting the offense back to the plate. Cason Adams started and went four innings and would not receive a decision in the game where Ben Romines led the offense with a 2-for-3 game.

Cody Brown (4-2) earned the win in Saturday’s opener after taking a no-hitter into the fourth inning and finishing with a three-hit complete game shutout. Brown would strike out four got 13 ground outs in the seven-inning contest with Williams hitting a sacrifice fly RBI and Romines an infield single to drive in a run for the Patriots in the first inning. The 2-0 lead after the first inning would hold up throughout with Brown cruising. Romines had one hit and Welch the other for the Patriots who were limited to a season-low two hits but won their sixth straight before the finale’s heroics.

“Cody was dominant in the first game and we did just enough with what they gave us in that first inning to squeak it out,” Porche said. “The offense was silent most of the day until the back end of the second game. We did a great job of executing and putting together good at-bats to get into their bullpen and our guys never stopped believing we could get it done. It’s huge for our guys and their confidence to mount a comeback like that. Cason and the bullpen shut them down after the first two innings and that allowed us to creep back into the game. The home crowd was great and the atmosphere was awesome here on Alumni Weekend. This is a special group of guys and I’m looking forward to this ride as we near the home stretch and the postseason.”

Romines led the Patriots in the series by going 5-for-9, while Welch had three hits, four walks and two RBI. Williams drove in four more runs during the series and now has 36 RBI through 29 games. UT Tyler returns to action at 4 p.m. on Tuesday in a non-conference game against Millsaps at Irwin Field before traveling to play at Louisiana College next weekend in Pineville, Louisiana.