@UTTylerBaseball advances to Blue Bracket finals
#3 UT Tyler (34-7)
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Concordia (28-14)
5/6/2017 | Tyler, Tx | Attendance: 654
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Win: Matthew Williams (6-2) 2.010013
Loss: Hunter Palmer (1-2) 0.201110
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Gunnar Quick (UTTBB) 403010
Trenton Buchhorn (UTTBB) 413101
Blake Wilson (UTTBB) 403100
Bret Leiferman (CTXBSB17) 513200
Michael Evan (CTXBSB17) 403200

Saturday, May 6, 2017

TYLER – The No. 3-ranked UT Tyler baseball team advanced to the American Southwest Conference Championship – Blue Bracket finals after earning a 14-10 elimination-game win over Louisiana College following an 8-5 loss to Concordia on Saturday at Irwin Field.

TOURNAMENT CENTRAL

The Patriots (35-7) and Tornados (28-14) will play at 1 p.m. on Sunday with UT Tyler needing to win two games, while Concordia would win the ASC Blue Bracket with one win. The if-needed game would follow 30 minutes after the completion of the first game. On the Red Bracket side, UT Dallas and East Texas Baptist will play on Sunday in Richardson. ETBU needs one win in that bracket, while UTD is in the same situation as the Patriots. UTD and ETBU will start at 1 p.m. on Sunday. 

Alex Bishop led the Patriots by going 4-for-4 with six RBI in the elimination game against LC, including a three-run home run as part of a six-run sixth inning. Graham Welch went 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored, while Trenton Buchhorn was 2-for-3 with a two-run double in the eighth inning. The Patriots finished the game with 10 hits, including singles from Tim Hunter, Gunnar Quick and Daniel Williams.

Cason Adams (8-0) earned the win for the Patriots after striking out eight and throwing six innings. The senior pitcher threw 120 pitches and fought through 11 hits by the Wildcats to preserve the bullpen for as long as he could. Miles Thomas would give the Patriots 1 1/3 innings of solid relief by allowing just two hits, while Reese Read had a clean ninth inning to close it out.

Hunter walked three times in the game and established a new single-season program record with his 53rd walk of the season. His 53 walks passed the previous record set by Kendall Fox of 51 in the 2008.

The Patriots were forced into the elimination game after seeing the Tornados score four runs in the bottom of the seventh and three in the eighth to complete a comeback and advance to the finals. UT Tyler had led 5-1 going to the bottom of the seventh with one run in the second, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings. The Patriots finished the game with 16 hits and with 12 runners left on base.

Trenton Buchhorn, Blake Wilson and Gunnar Quick led the Patriots with a pair of 3-for-4 performances, while Graham Welch and Ben Romines had two hits each.

Buchhorn started scoring in the game with a two-out solo home run in the second inning followed by Kyle Broussard hitting a sacrifice fly to score Ben Romines. The Patriots led 2-0 and were up 3-0 in the fifth with Daniel Williams hitting an RBI single up the middle. The lead was a 4-0 in the sixth with Wilson hitting a RBI single to center to once again score Romines. The Tornados would score their first run of the game in the bottom of the sixth and was followed by Welch blasting his second home run of the tournament the fourth of his sophomore season to lead off the seventh. UT Tyler led 5-1 at that point before the Tornados scored seven unanswered runs to advance to the finals.

Matthew Wilson (6-2) earned the win after throwing two innings of relief where he struck out three and allowed only one hit. Hunter Palmer (1-2) took the loss for the Patriots after surrendering the go-ahead run in the eighth. Cody Brown did not receive a decision in the game after throwing 6 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts. Brown scattered seven hits in the game before turning the ball over to the bullpen. Bret Leiferman was 3-for-5 with a two-run double in the seventh and Michael Evan was 3-for-4 with a two-run single in the seventh. In the eight, Tyler Johnson would hit an RBI single and Luke Kress had a sacrifice fly RBI for the Tornados.