PREVIEW: @UTTylerBaseball to host Clements Fluids Classic
Graphic by: Jeff Williford
Graphic by: Jeff Williford
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2/16/2018 | Tyler, Texas | Attendance: 123
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Win: Kingma (1-2) 8.031113
Loss: Ryan Cheatham (0-1) 5.052025
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Thursday, February 15, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist | wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – The No. 16-ranked UT Tyler baseball team will host the Clements Fluids Classic this weekend with No. 20 Centenary, No. 21 Trinity, East Texas Baptist and Whitworth all travelling in to compete in the early-season tournament at Irwin Field. With bad weather throughout this week and forecasts for more rain this weekend, the tournament has shifted to have three games on Friday, two on Saturday and one on Sunday.

The opening game of the Clements Fluids Classic is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. on Friday with Whitworth (3-5) taking on Trinity (2-0), followed by the Patriots (3-0) playing Whitworth at 1 p.m. and the day’s final game at 4 p.m. between Trinity and UT Tyler. The second day of the Clements Fluids Classic starts at 1 p.m. with ETBU (5-2) and Trinity followed by a 4 p.m. game between Whitworth and Centenary (5-1). The final game of the tournament is between Centenary and UT Tyler at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

UT Tyler is coming off a season-opening sweep of La Verne last weekend at Irwin Field where the team hit .307 and outscored the Leopards by a 29-15 combined margin over the three games. Alex Bishop and Tanner Roach led the Patriots with four hits each in the series, while Zach Pavelock, Jared Pauley, Jordan Antley and Ben Romines each had three hits. Romines finished the first weekend of his senior season with two doubles and led the Patriots with four RBI.

A freshman from Whitehouse, Roach had a hit in all three games and finished the series 4-for-9 with four runs scored. He was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI in the series finale. Pavelock started the final game of the series at catcher and was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Blake Maddox drove in two first-inning runs in the finale as the team’s designated hitter after starting the first two games at catcher. Pauley and Antley both finished the series 3-for-9 with Pauley going 2-for-4 with two RBI in the finale and Antley having a 3-for-4 performance in the second game. A junior from West Monroe, Louisiana, Antley finished the series with two RBI and three runs scored. Bishop started his senior season with two two-hit games, starting by going 2-for-5 in the opener and then going 2-for-3 in the finale. He drove in one run in the series and now has 91 RBI in his career which is approaching the 94 by Jeremy Harding (2008-09) and Brett Amyx (2006-07) who are tied for ninth on the all-time list. Joe Towns is the all-time UT Tyler leader with 136 RBI from 2005-06.

On the mound, UT Tyler allowed only 11 earned runs against La Verne and had a 4.00 pitching staff earned run average in the season openers. Max Page started the first game of the series against La Verne and finished with two strikeouts and two runs allowed in five innings of work. Page would not get a decision in the game as reliever Cole Clinton came in and recorded his first win as a Patriot. A junior right-hander from Carthage, Clinton threw 3 2/3 innings with two strikeouts and only one run allowed. Ryan Cheatham would also get a no-decision as the Game 2 starter after he went 5 1/3 innings last Friday. A senior from Whitehouse, Cheatham is coming off a junior year where he went 9-0 and would not allow a run in his first start of this season. He had two strikeouts in the game where Sam Sitton would teak the win after throwing 1 2/3 innings of relief with no runs allowed in a 9-3 decision. UT Tyler senior right-hander Simon Sedillo (1-0) earned the only starter win of the three-game series after he went five innings where he only allowed one earned run. With the UT Tyler offense jumping on La Verne in the finale, Sedillo claimed his first win with the Patriots by scattering five hits across five innings before Colston Lloyd, Tyler Hollingsworth, Turner Givens and Chris Stodolka each threw one inning in the 14-7 win.

UT Tyler will play its next five games on the road after this weekend’s Clements Fluids Classic, starting with its first midweek game of the season when the Patriots travel to play Millsaps on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Jackson, Mississippi. They’ll return to Texas after the game and head south where the Patriots will take on Texas Lutheran in a three-game series with a single game on Friday, Feb. 23 before a doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 24. The Patriots will then play at Centenary on Tuesday, Feb. 27 in Shreveport, Louisiana before returning home to host East Texas Baptist on Homecoming Weekend on March 2-3 at Irwin Field.

Below is the updated schedule with three games scheduled for Friday, two on Saturday and one on Sunday. All games and times are subject to be changed. Check throughout the weekend on uttylerpatriots.com and at twitter.com/uttylerpatriots for updates.

FRIDAY
10 a.m.: Whitworth vs. No. 21 Trinity
1 p.m.: Whitworth at No. 16 UT Tyler
4 p.m.: No. 21 Trinity at No. 16 UT Tyler

*SATURDAY
3 p.m.: ETBU vs No. 21 Trinity
7 p.m.: Whitworth vs No. 20 Centenary
*Games will move to Sunday if they cannot be played Saturday

SUNDAY
*1 p.m.: No. 20 Centenary at No. 16 UT Tyler
*Game will not be played if Saturday’s games move to Sunday