PREVIEW: @UTTylerBaseball to host CTX in final home series
Concordia (24-11)
UT Tyler (22-12)
4/20/2018 | Tyler, Texas | Attendance: 246
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Win: Williams (5-3) 7.051106
Loss: Ryan Cheatham (4-5) 3.267142
Novak (CTXBB) 502000
Carlton (CTXBB) 412200
Gwynne (CTXBB) 412000
Tanner Roach (UTTBB) 302000

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist |

TYLER – The final regular-season series at Irwin Field this year will feature UT Tyler hosting Concordia in a three-game series starting with a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Friday and a 1 p.m. series finale on Saturday.

UT Tyler (22-11, 12-6 ASC) is coming off a series win over Louisiana College last weekend and has won 10 of its last 12 conference games, while the Tornados (23-11, 16-5 ASC) are currently atop the standings after sweeping through Howard Payne last week in Austin. UTT will finish ASC play next weekend at LeTourneau, while this is the final weekend of conference play for the Tornados.

The Patriots are hosting their final ASC series of the regular-season and will honor its senior class after the second game on Friday night. The senior class includes Jared Pauley, Alex Bishop, Ben Romines, Samuel Plotkowski, Jeremy Moore, Brandon Saddler, Evan Kissinger, Simon Sedillo, Chris Stodolka, Alex Masotto, Ryan Cheatham and Sam Sitton.

UT Tyler enters this weekend leading the ASC with a 3.69 pitching staff ERA, 68 doubles, 2.59 walks per game and a 2.69 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The Patriots are third in the conference in hits (338), hit-by-pitches (49) and double plays turned (21). As a team, UT Tyler is hitting .308 and has outscored its opponents by a 210-135 margin through 33 games.

Sedillo (5-1) enters this weekend’s series after recording a career-high 12 strikeouts in a win over the Wildcats last Friday in the second game of the series. A Grand Prairie native, Sedillo stuck out the 12 LC hitters and scattered seven hits across 7 1/3 innings of work. He now has a 2.31 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 10 starts and 62 1/3 innings this season. Cheatham (4-4) leads the team with a 1.80 ERA this season after limiting LC to two earned runs in five innings last Friday. A senior from Whitehouse, he is tied with Sedillo with 47 strikeouts through 65 innings of work, including a season-high seven strikeouts in a win over McMurry. Nate Imig (2-0) has made a start in the finale of five straight series and is coming off a start against LC where he did not receive a decision but did strikeout five for the second straight week. He has wins over McMurry and Mary Hardin-Baylor this season. Sitton, a left-hander from Lindale, is 4-1 and leads the team with 15 relief appearances. His four wins are the most out of the bullpen and he has limited opponents to 11 earned runs in 24 2/3 innings of work. Alex Masotto and Chris Stodolka are providing solid options out of the bullpen, with Masotto posting two wins and Stodolka a win in the LC series. Stodolka has made eight appearances for the Patriots and has 14 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings, while Masotto has 18 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings. Masotto struck out six in three innings last weekend against the Wildcats and Stodolka fanned seven in 2 1/3 innings of relief.

Bowie Farris leads the Patriots with a .425 batting average, 11 doubles and 26 RBIs in his first season with the program. A Denton native, Farris is on a season-high 10-game hitting streak after going 7-for-14 last weekend in the series against LC. Blake Wilson also had seven hits in the series against the Wildcats and comes into this weekend with a .379 average and a team-high 50 hits in his junior season. Jared Pauley leads the team with 15 stolen bases and is hitting .367 with 36 total hits, while Graham Welch is coming off a five-RBI and six hit weekend against LC and enters the CTX series with a .297 batting average and 19 RBIs.

Blake Maddox lead the team with five home runs, three coming in the series sweep at McMurry, while Bishop has three home runs and Josh Burns two more for the Patriots who have hit 13 as a team. Bishop has seven doubles and 18 RBIs in his senior season, while Burns is second on the team with eight doubles and also has two triples. Zach Pavelock has started 16 games and is hitting .304 with 14 RBIs, including a walk-off single in a win over UT Dallas four weeks ago. Pavelock started two games in the LC series after he had a four-RBI game on three hits in the series finale at UMHB. Henry Sanchez has made 13 starts at second base, including five of the last six games. He had a two-out single to score a run in the finale against LC and enters this weekend with a .314 average and 16 total hits.

UT Tyler will host Southwestern on Tuesday, April 24 at 6 p.m. in their final home game of the regular-season.

Concordia 16-5 0.762 23-11 0.676 W3
UT Dallas 13-5 0.722 21-13 0.618 W5
Sul Ross State 13-5 0.722 19-14 0.576 L3
UT Tyler 12-6 0.667 22-11 0.667 W2
LeTourneau 10-8 0.556 18-14 0.563 L1
Ozarks 10-8 0.556 15-15 0.500 W2
East Texas Baptist 9-9 0.500 18-15 0.545 L1
Hardin-Simmons 8-10 0.444 11-22 0.333 L2
Louisiana College 6-11 0.353 17-11 0.607 L2
Belhaven 7-13 0.350 11-21 0.344 W1
Howard Payne 6-12 0.333 18-15 0.545 L3
Mary Hardin-Baylor 5-13 0.278 9-23 0.281 L7
McMurry 4-14 0.222 9-22 0.290 W1