PREVIEW: @UTTylerBaseball to host ETBU during Homecoming Weekend
Photo by: Lang White
Photo by: Lang White
ETBu (7-7)
#12 UT Tyler (8-3)
3/2/2018 | Tyler, Texas | Attendance: 356
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Win: Ryan Cheatham (2-1) 7.040005
Loss: Blake Corbin (2-3) 5.196414
Zach Gartner (ETBU) 302000
Blake Wilson (UTTBB) 402010
Blake Maddox (UTTBB) 512000
Jordan Antley (UTTBB) 422000
Jared Pauley (UTTBB) 312110
Bowie Farris (UTTBB) 402200

Thursday, March 1, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist |

TYLER – The No. 12-ranked UT Tyler baseball team will host East Texas Baptist in its American Southwest Conference opener starting at 6 p.m. on Friday before a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday at Irwin Field.

UT Tyler (7-3) is also hosting Alumni Weekend, Homecoming Weekend and the Issac Tijerina Award will be presented at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday after the Jason Boland and The Stragglers concert. The presentation of the second annual award will come from Issac’s family with an on-field presentation. The award is given to a current Patriot who displays characteristics that embodies the passion Tijerina had as a player and student-assistant coach with the Patriots. Issac passed away in 2016 after a battle with cancer and his memory will be honored by the Patriots and his family who have carried on his legacy with the Swing It Foundation which aimed at raising awareness for sarcoma as well as funding research and assisting patients and their families. 

Additionally, all UT Tyler baseball alumni will be recognized between games on Saturday with on-field introductions.

The UTT-ETBU series 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. The Tigers come into this weekend with a 7-6 overall record and are 1-2 in ASC play after dropping two of three last weekend to Hardin-Simmons in Marshall.

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. The Patriots, who had their midweek game at Centenary canceled due to rain, are ranked No. 12 by, No. 18 by Perfect Game and No. 19 by Collegiate Baseball.

UT Tyler senior Ryan Cheatham is scheduled to make the opening-game start on Friday after he shined last week with seven scoreless innings in a win at Texas Lutheran. A right-hander from Whitehouse, Cheatham (1-1) was named the ASC Pitcher of the Week after the performance and comes into this weekend with a 0.00 ERA and 11 strikeouts through three starts and 17 1/3 innings of work. For his career, Cheatham is 10-1 as a Patriot. In Saturday’s first game, junior left-hander Max Page (1-1) is scheduled to start followed by Simon Sedillo (1-0) in the finale. Page currently has a 4.40 ERA through three starts with 10 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings, while Sedillo has 11 strikeouts and a 1.47 ERA in 18 1/3 innings. Brandon Saddler was scheduled to make his second start of the season against Centenary which was canceled 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. Graham Welch leads the team with two saves out of the bullpen, while Sam Sitton (2-0) leads the team with two wins that have come in relief appearances. Sitton and Cole Clinton lead the team with five appearances this season, while Alexander Masotto has made four appearances.

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