RECAP: @UTTylerBaseball splits on Saturday against HSU
Photo by: Lang White
Photo by: Lang White
UT Tyler (10-6, 4-4 ASC)
Hardin-Simmons (6-9, 2-3 ASC)
3/10/2018 | Abilene, Texas | Attendance: 246
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Win: Simon Sedillo (2-1) 4.253211
Loss: McMackin (1-4) 2.184312
Blake Wilson (UTTBB) 533110
Bradshaw (HSU) 222100

Saturday, March 10, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist |

ABILENE – The No. 16-ranked UT Tyler baseball team and Hardin-Simmons split an American Southwest Conference doubleheader on Saturday with the Patriots earning a 14-5 win in the opener followed by the Cowboys taking an 11-6 win in the series finale at Hunter Field.

The Patriots (10-7, 2-4 ASC) dropped the series with HSU (7-9, 5-4 ASC) taking two of three on its home field. UTT will return to action next weekend in Tyler when it hosts UT Dallas starting at 7 p.m. on Friday before a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, March 17 at Irwin Field.

The Patriots opened Saturday with the 14-5 win after scoring nine runs in the top of the seventh against the Cowboys who committed seven errors in the game, including three in the final inning. UT Tyler finished with a season-high 15 hits after five players had multi-hit games and leadoff hitter Blake Wilson going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Graham Welch, Josh Burns, Bowie Farris and Henry Sanchez each had two hits with Sanchez going 2-for-4 from the nine-spot in the lineup and leading the team with three RBI.

UT Tyler got out to an early lead in the seven-inning game with three runs in the first inning, starting with Farris hitting an RBI single to center field to score Welch and then Ben Romines hitting a two-run triple down the right field line. The triple was the first this season for Romines who now has seven triples in his career.

The Patriots would take a 5-3 lead to the final inning before breaking it open with nine runs on seven hits and three HSU errors. The inning was highlighted by a two-run double by Sanchez and RBI singles from Zach Pavelock, Welch and an RBI double by Wilson. Sanchez also had an RBI single through the right-side of the infield for a three-RBI inning after he had come into the game with one RBI all season.

UT Tyler senior Simon Sedillo (2-1) earned the win after scattering five hits in 4 2/3 innings of work in his fifth start of the season, while Sam Sitton and Chris Stodolka threw in relief.    

In the finale, HSU broke the game open with four runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth inning. The Patriots would fight back in the seventh though with Bishop and Maddox each hitting solo home runs and Welch delivering a three-run triple for a five-run inning.

A junior from Plano, Welch led the Patriots in the game by going 3-for-4 with four RBIs while freshman Kolton Forsythe was 2-for-2 after entering the game as a pinch hitter and sticking around in the designated hitter role. Welch now has 13 career triples which is only two behind the all-time record of 15 by Sam Lane from 2013-16 for the Patriots.

UT Tyler senior Brandon Saddler (1-1) took his only loss of the season after allowing four runs in the game. He would surrender seven hits and walked four, but also struck out a career-high five. He would exit after his 75th pitch of the game was hit over the fence for a two-run home run.

Welch and Wilson led the Patriots in the series with six hits each, while Bishop had four hits which included the 13th home run of his career. Welch was 6-for-13 in the series with five RBIs for the Patriots who finished the series hitting .314 as a team.