RECAP: @UTTylerBaseball sweeps TLU in Seguin
#16 UT Tyler (6-3)
Texas Lutheran (9-2)
2/24/2018 | Seguin, Texas | Attendance: 310
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Win: Max Page (1-1) 7.031118
Loss: Malinovsky (1-1) 6.064014
Josh Burns (UTTBB) 402000
Riley Schaef (TLU-BB) 301000
Trey Albaugh (TLU-BB) 311000
Rabinowitz (TLU-BB) 301100

Saturday, February 24, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist |

SEGUIN – Facing a previously unbeaten opponent after dropping three games last weekend, the No. 16-ranked UT Tyler baseball team bounced back in emphatic fashion with a three-game sweep of Texas Lutheran after earning 4-1 and 7-6 wins over the Bulldogs in a non-conference doubleheader on Saturday at the Katt-Isbell Field. Max Page threw a complete-game victory in the opener on Saturday, followed by Jared Pauley driving in the game-winning run with a groundout in the ninth to complete the series.

“I couldn't be more proud of our guys,” UT Tyler coach Brent Porche said. “Our offense really did a great job of getting into good counts and taking advantage of our opportunities in those counts. The last one wasn't pretty, but we gutted it out and found a way to get the sweep. That's a huge sweep on the road against a very quality team. Our starting pitching was phenomenal all weekend long.”

The Patriots (7-3) started the series with an 11-4 win in the opener and will now play at No. 20 Centenary on Tuesday before returning to Irwin Field to host East Texas Baptist next weekend in UT Tyler’s Homecoming. UTT swept the three games against the Bulldogs (9-3) by a 22-11 margin and finished the series with a .318 team batting average and with only one error throughout the 27 innings of play.

Page was as dominant as he’s been in his career against the Bulldogs where he threw his first career complete game in his 12th career start. The left-handed junior needed only 100 pitches in the game as he limited TLU to only three hits and one walk in the game. He struck out a career-best eight batters, facing only 25 batters in the seven-inning doubleheader opener.

“Max did a great job of keeping them off balance by mixing his pitches,” Porche said. “We had a lot of guys have great performances this weekend. It was an all-around team effort and definitely something to build on.”

UT Tyler would score all four of its runs taking advantage of three errors in the second inning after Alex Bishop led the inning off by pulling a double into the right-center field gap and then scoring off an error by the TLU first baseman on a grounder by Zach Pavelock. After a flyout to second base for the second out of the inning, Jordan Antley doubled to move Pavelock to third and both runners would score when Blake Wilson slapped a grounder to third base which was overthrown to first base. Wilson would make it all the way around on another error to give the Patriots a 4-0 lead that would stand up as all they needed in the win.

Burns led the Patriots with a 2-for-4 performance in the game with two singles, while Graham Welch, Bishop, Ben Romines and Antley accounted for the six UT Tyler hits in the second game of the series.  

In the finale, UT Tyler finished the game with 14 hits and led 6-2 going to the eighth inning before TLU fought back to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth. The Patriots would respond though to regain the lead and earn the win after Josh Burns singled to lead off the inning and scored when Pauley grounded out to first base. Welch moved from center field to the mound after the Patriots took the lead and secured his second save after getting two ground outs and a flyout to end the game.

Burns led the Patriots in the game by going 3-for-5, while Bishop and Welch were both 2-for-4 in the finale. Pauley, who entered the game as a pinch hitter and stayed in left field, had two RBI in the game including an eighth inning RBI single to left field while second baseman Bowie Farris had two RBI.

Bishop led the Patriots with six hits and three RBI in the series, while Farris was 4-for-10 with five RBI against TLU.