RECAP: @UTTylerBaseball drops opener against UTD
Photo by: Lang White
Photo by: Lang White
UT Dallas (11-9)
#23 UT Tyler (10-8)
3/16/2018 | Tyler, Texas | Attendance: 255
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Win: Jamie Andriot (4-2) 6.062233
Loss: Ryan Cheatham (2-3) 7.183106
Ryan Burciaga (UTD) 402000
Rodney Corbin (UTD) 412100
Bowie Farris (UTTBB) 403010

Friday, March 16, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist |

TYLER – The No. 23-ranked UT Tyler had the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth but were unable to score as the Patriots dropped their series opener against UT Dallas by a 3-2 margin on Friday in an American Southwest Conference game at Irwin Field.  

The Patriots (10-8, 2-5 ASC) stranded 12 runners on base against the Comets (11-9, 6-1 ASC), including three in the bottom of the ninth when a ground out to first base ended the game and dropped them to 5-6 at home. The series will continue with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.

UT Tyler senior Ryan Cheatham (2-3) took the loss for the Patriots despite allowing only one earned run in 7 1/3 innings of work. Cheatham struck out six in the game, but the Comets would score two unearned runs in the fourth after an error at short stop to take a 3-1 lead that the Patriots would never be able to overcome.

Bowie Farris led the Patriots by going 3-for-4 from the cleanup spot in the lineup, while Josh Burns was 2-for-4 and Brady Usherwood went 1-for-2 with an RBI to right-center field in the bottom of the third to score Ben Romine who had reached by being hit by a pitch to lead the inning off. The Patriots would score their second and final run in the fourth after Burns led the inning off with a double to the left-field wall and came in to score on a double play. UT Tyler would strand two runners on base in the fourth, one in the fifth, three in the seventh, two in the eighth and then three more in the ninth in the loss.

Jamie Andriot (4-2) earned the win for the Comets after striking out three and scattering six hits in 6 innings of work. After relief appearances by Logan McPherson and Tristin DerMargosian, UTD closer Garrett Hale earned a two-inning save where he worked around two walks and two hits in a 43-pitch outing. He now has five saves on the season for the Comets and a 0.60 ERA.