@UTTylerBaseball to host season-opener on Thursday
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#16 UT Tyler (1-0)
2/8/2018 | Tyler, Texas | Attendance: 321
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Win: Cole Clinton (1-0) 3.233122
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

TYLER – The No. 16-ranked UT Tyler baseball team opens its 2018 season with a three-game series against La Verne on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Irwin Field.

The Patriots went 39-9 last season and won their third straight and sixth overall American Southwest Conference championship. UTT, which is 454-163 entering the 15th season in program history, was 19-2 at home last year and advanced to its seventh NCAA regional tournament. La Verne is coming off a 21-20 record last season, including dropping a game to Sul Ross in its only game against an ASC opponent last season. The series between the Patriots and Leopards begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday followed by a 7 p.m. game on Friday and the series finale at noon on Saturday.

In 2018, the Patriots will be tasked with replacing All-American Daniel Williams and all-conference players in Cody Brown, Trenton Buchhorn, Reese Read, Cason Adams, Kyle Broussard, Gunnar Quick and Tim Hunter who were lost due to graduation but return Ryan Cheatham, Alex Bishop, Graham Welch and Blake Wilson who return after all-conference seasons.

UT Tyler is scheduled to host 21 games this season starting with a three-game series against La Verne from Feb. 8-10 at Irwin Field before hosting the Clements Fluids Classic with games against Whitworth, Trinity and Centenary to complete a six-game home stand to start the year. The Patriots were 19-2 on their home field last season. In ASC play, the Patriots will host series against East Texas Baptist, UT Dallas and Louisiana College with road series at Hardin-Simmons, McMurry, Mary Hardin-Baylor and LeTourneau.

The Patriots enter the season ranked No. 16 by D3Baseball.com, No. 19 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 23 by Perfect Game. UT Tyler is picked to win the ASC championship, followed by UT Dallas, Concordia, ETBU and UMHB in the preseason conference poll.

All UT Tyler baseball home games will be broadcasted for free at uttylerpatriots.com and fans can follow the action on twitter.com/uttylerpatriots throughout the year.