RECAP: @UTTylerBaseball drops opener in Abilene
Photo by: Lang White
Photo by: Lang White
UT Tyler (9-6, 1-3 ASC)
Hardin-Simmons (6-8, 4-3 ASC)
3/9/2018 | Abilene, Texas | Attendance: 263
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Win: Day (1-0) 0.100001
Loss: Ryan Cheatham (2-2) 8.174415
Blake Wilson (UTTBB) 502000
Alex Bishop (UTTBB) 312100
Jordan Antley (UTTBB) 412100
Johnson (HSU) 422101
Tople (HSU) 402100

Friday, March 9, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist |

ABILENE – The No. 16-ranked UT Tyler baseball team fell 4-3 to Hardin-Simmons on Friday in its American Southwest Conference opener after the Cowboys earned the win with a John Tople triple to drive in the game-winning run in the ninth inning at Hunter Field.

The Patriots (9-6, 1-3 ASC) and Cowboys (6-8, 4-3 ASC) will continue the series with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday with Simon Sedillo scheduled to throw the first game and Brandon Saddler the second for UT Tyler. Ryan Cheatham (2-2) received the loss in the opener despite throwing a great game where he struck out five and scattered seven hits. He would walk only one, but that walk would prove to be the game-winning run after it was followed by the walk-off triple.

Alex Bishop gave the Patriots an early lead in the second inning with an RBI single to left to score Josh Burns who had tripled before Jordan Antley made it 2-0 with an RBI single in the fourth. Antley’s single brought in Bowie Farris, but the Cowboys would respond with two runs in the bottom of the fourth with a Taylor Cooling double and then a Cody Berryman RBI single. It would remain even at two until Ben Romines drove in Antley in the top of the sixth with a two-out RBI single. That one-run lead would disappear with a solo home run by Johnson in the bottom of the inning though.

UT Tyler would get a runner on in the top of the ninth after Blake Maddox walked, but he would be stranded there to give the Cowboys an opportunity to end it with one run in the bottom of the inning. A out-out walk to Cooling was followed by Tople tripling to center field for the game-winning run.

Wilson, Bishop and Antley each finished with two hits for the Patriots who finished the opener against the Cowboys with 10 hits, but also had 10 left on base. Bishop was 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Wilson now leads the Patriots with 19 hits this season after going 2-for-5 in the game.