SCHEDULE UPDATE: @UTTylerBaseball, Gents Postponed
Photo by: Lang White
Photo by: Lang White

Monday, February 26, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist | wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER –The No. 16-ranked UT Tyler baseball team has had its non-conference game against Centenary that was scheduled for Tuesday in Shreveport postponed due to weather. 

The Patriots (7-3) and Gents (7-2) are planning to reschedule the game but have not set a new date for the game. UT Tyler will now shift its attention to this weekend where the Patriots will open American Southwest Conference against East Texas Baptist in a three-game American Southwest Conference series at Irwin Field. The ASC opening-weekend is also Alumni Weekend, Homecoming Weekend and the Issac Tijerina Award will be presented at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday before the 1 p.m. doubleheader. The series begins at 6 p.m. on Friday and is a rematch of last year’s ASC Championship finals where the Patriots won their third straight title after claiming a 9-8 win in 13 innings and 6-1 win in 10 innings to claim the trophy. 

After dropping three in a row at their home tournament, the Patriots have since run off four straight road wins by a combined margin of 29-12 with the team hitting .308 and the pitching staff limiting opponents to .228. Defensively, UTT has made only one error in the field in the past four games while opponents have booted seven opportunities.  

UT Tyler senior Brandon Saddler is was scheduled to make his second start of the season against Centenary for the Patriots in the game after he shined last Tuesday at Millsaps by scattering five hits and allowing only one run in seven innings of work in the midweek game. A right-hander from Frisco, Saddler transferred to UT Tyler after starting his collegiate career with Eastfield College and Missouri Southern. He has recorded three strikeouts and allowed only five hits through two appearances and 9 innings of work.

After three weeks of play and 10 games, UT Tyler junior Blake Wilson leads the Patriots with 12 hits and has a .324 batting average. The Midlothian native had five hits and three RBI last week, including going 3-for-4 in the opener against TLU. Alex Bishop is also off to a strong start this season with 11 hits and five RBI, while Blake Maddox has seven RBI and Ben Romines has driven in six more. Bishop is hitting .289 with four doubles and Romines lead the team with five doubles. Maddox hit his first home run of the season last Tuesday against Millsaps, while Josh Burns leads the Patriots after hitting his second in the final at TLU. A junior from Center, Burns is tied for the team lead with seven RBI where he also has a double and UT Tyler’s only triple of the season.

UT Tyler senior Jared Pauley is hitting .353 with six hits and four RBI, while Zach Pavelock and Jordan Antley are both hitting over.280 in their first seasons with the Patriots. Antley has started seven games for the Patriots and has seven hits, while Bowie Farris has started the past six games and is hitting .273 on the season. A junior from Denton, Farris was 5-for-14 (.357) last week, including going 3-for-4 in the opener at TLU and then driving in two runs on one hit in the finale in Seguin. Graham Welch has four hits to start his junior season and leads the Patriots with two saves in three pitching appearances.

All UT Tyler baseball alumni are encouraged to RSVP to head coach Brent Porche at bporche@uttyler.edu