@UTTylerBaseball wins ASC Blue Bracket
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#3 UT Tyler (36-7)
Concordia (28-15)
5/7/2017 | Tyler, Tx | Attendance: 613
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Win: Reese Read (4-1) 2.021101
Loss: Matthew Williams (5-3) 1.044401
Graham Welch (UTTBB) 614110
Kyle Broussard (UTTBB) 624300
Bret Leiferman (CTXBSB17) 512000
Jake Valadez (CTXBSB17) 502100
Caleb Maddox (CTXBSB17) 512000

Monday, May 8, 2017

TYLER – UT Tyler will host the American Southwest Conference Baseball Championship Gold Bracket series this weekend after earning 11-6 and 13-12 wins over Concordia on Sunday to take the ASC Championship Blue Bracket and advance.

The Patriots (37-7) needed the first win in 11 innings to force the second game and then multiple comebacks in the final game to win the Blue Bracket. The Tornados (28-16) had won an 8-5 game over UT Tyler on Saturday to put the Patriots in a position where they needed to win three straight elimination games to advance in the tournament where they will now host East Texas Baptist on Friday and Saturday in a three-game series for the conference title.

Daniel Williams led the Patriots by going 4-for-5 with five RBI, including hitting a three-run home run that gave the team its first lead after being down by as many as five entering the seventh inning. Graham Welch went 3-for-5 with two RBI and Wilson was 3-for-4 with two RBI. Tim Hunter and Gunnar Quick each reached on walks three times. Welch was named the ASC Championship Blue Bracket MVP after going 12-for-24 with two home runs and nine RBI over the five games, while Cody Brown, Alex Bishop, Daniel Williams and Trenton Buchhorn were each named to the all-tournament team. Williams and Bishop each had eight RBI in the tournament, while Buchhorn had six RBI on seven hits.

Tied at 12 in the ninth inning of the final, the Patriots scored on a Blake Wilson bases-loaded walk after Alex Bishop was hit by a pitch with one out, Trenton Buchhorn singled and then Kyle Broussard was hit by another pitch. Wilson’s walk was the 12th of the game for the Patriots and was the game-winner after Cason Adams came in and closed out the game in the ninth with three fly outs for his first save. Cody Brown (8-2) earned the win after throwing two innings of relief for the Patriots who had trailed 7-2 after four and 10-5 after six.

The Patriots started making their comeback in the sixth inning with Wilson and Tim Hunter getting the rally started with a pair of walks and Welch coming through with an RBI double. Williams would deliver an RBI single to score Hunter. In the seventh, UT Tyler would take its first lead of the game with six runs on four hits. Williams gave the Patriots an 11-10 lead when he blasted a three-run home run to dead-center field, but the Tornados responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the seventh to regain the lead.

In the eighth, Gunnar Quick took a bases loaded walk to tie the game before the same situation unfolded in the ninth with Wilson picking up the game-winning RBI with a walk.  

The Patriots staved off elimination and forced the if-necessary with the 11-6 win where they struck for five runs on five hits in the top of the 11th inning. The game got to extra innings with both teams scoring a run in the ninth inning to make it 6-6with Kyle Broussard being the hero in the ninth for the Patriots with an RBI single and Michael Evan tying the game with a single in the bottom of the inning.

UT Tyler would break the game open and put it away with Josh Burns doubling to lead off the 11th and scoring on an error on a bunt by Jared Pauley. Broussard would add another RBI single for the Patriots after Blake Wilson hit one of his own. Graham Welch also added an RBI single for the Patriots who finished the game with 17 hits.

Reese Read (4-1) earned the win for the Patriots in the game after throwing two innings of relief. He surrendered the tying run in the bottom of the ninth, but would then shut the Tornados down in the 10th with a 1-2-3 inning. Cody Brown closed down the game with a perfect 11th inning, but in a non-save situation with the five-run lead.