PREVIEW: @UTTylerBaseball to host Gents on Thursday
Photo by: Lang White
Photo by: Lang White
Centenary (14-8)
UT Tyler (16-8)
3/29/2018 | Tyler, Tx | Attendance: 104
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Win: Simon Sedillo (4-1) 7.030024
Loss: Connor Poche (1-1) 1.253232
Cameron Guin (18CENTBS) 302000
Ben Romines (UTTBB) 525300

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist |

TYLER – The UT Tyler baseball team will play a three-game non-conference series against Centenary with the first game scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday at Irwin Field before a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Friday at Shehee Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The Patriots (15-8) are on a five-game winning streak after going on the road last weekend to sweep McMurry in a three-game American Southwest Conference series in Abilene while the Gents (14-7) have won six straight after sweeping Dallas and Schreiner in back-to-back Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference series. The series between UT Tyler and Centenary is a result of rain outs earlier in the year that shifted the schedule between the two teams to this week.

The UT Tyler pitching probable rotation is Simon Sedillo (3-1), Ryan Cheatham (3-3) and Nate Imig (1-0) for the series against the Gents. Sedillo will take the ball at home after getting a no-decision last week at McMurry where he struck out three and scattered seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. A senior right-hander from Grand Prairie, Sedillo has a 2.32 ERA with 27 strikeouts through seven starts and 42 2/3 innings this season. Cheatham is scheduled to start the first of the doubleheader in Shreveport after recording a win last Friday in Abilene. A senior right-hander from Whitehouse, Cheatham leads the UT Tyler pitching staff with a 1.57 ERA and 37 strikeouts through seven starts and 46 innings of work. He is 12-3 with 87 strikeouts in his career with the Patriots. Imig will start the finale and is coming off his first win since the 2016 season after missing last year and the first month of this season with injury. A right-hander from Leander, he will be making his third start of the year and has recorded six strikeouts through nine innings. Imig earned the win at McMurry after limiting the War Hawks to two earned runs through five innings of work.

UT Tyler junior Bowie Farris leads the Patriots with a .382 batting average and 21 hits this season, while Jared Pauley is hitting .333 and Blake Wilson and Jordan Antley are both at .326 for the season. Farris was 4-for-12 in last week’s series at McMurry after hitting a two-out, two-run home run to lift the Patriots to a win over UT Dallas two weeks ago in their last home game. He has six doubles on the season and leads the team with six multi-RBI games this season. Blake Maddox is coming off a three-home run weekend in Abilene and was named the ASC Hitter of the Week. A junior catcher from Jacksonville, Maddox hit a grand slam to give the Patriots an 8-4 win in 11 innings in the second game of the series last weekend and leads UT Tyler with five home runs on the season and is second with 16 RBIs.

Henry Sanchez is on a four-game hitting streak and has a .417 batting average for the Patriots. He has started six of the last nine games and comes into this weekend’s series with 10 total hits in nine games played. A junior from Midlothian, Wilson leads the Patriots with 30 total hits and has scored 15 runs along with Farris, Graham Welch and Alex Bishop. Josh Burns leads the team with 17 runs scored and is hitting .273 with 24 total hits and 10 RBIs. Burns has two home runs and is tied for the team lead with Farris and Ben Romines with six doubles. Welch is at .303 with four doubles and two triples in his junior season, while Bishop has three home runs and 13 RBIs in his senior year. Bishop blasted his third homer of the season in Abilene, while Welch hit the 14th triple of his career in the series.

As a team, UT Tyler is hitting .291 on the season with 45 doubles, five triples and 11 home runs. On the bases, the Patriots have stolen 36 bases on 45 attempts while opponents have only stolen 16.

UT Tyler will play at Southwestern on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Georgetown in another non-conference game before returning to ASC play next weekend against Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton.