PREVIEW: @UTTylerBaseball to open ASC tournament against Ozarks
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UT Tyler (27-14)
5/4/2018 | Austin, Texas | Attendance: 250
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist | wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – The UT Tyler baseball team has won the past three American Southwest Conference Championship tournaments and will start the 2018 edition at 2 p.m. on Friday against Ozarks in the Blue Bracket opener at Tornado Field in Austin.

The Patriots (26-14) have won six tournament titles in program history and are the fourth seed in the ASC this year after going 15-9 in conference play. UTT will be joined by Ozarks (19-18), Concordia (26-13) and East Texas Baptist (21-19) in the Blue Bracket while over in the Red Bracket, Sul Ross (23-17), Hardin-Simmons (15-25), UT Dallas (25-15) and LeTourneau (21-17) will play in Alpine. The brackets are double-elimination with the two bracket winners advancing to the Gold Bracket which will be hosted by the highest remaining seed.

Ozarks comes into the postseason on a four-game winning streak after sweeping Belhaven last weekend. UT Tyler and the Eagles did not play in the regular season, while CTX and ETBU both took two of three from the Patriots in Tyler. 

UT Tyler has won the past three championships, including starting its 2016 title run by going to Austin and advancing out of the bracket for the title. The Patriots also won the tournament in 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The Patriots lead the ASC with a 3.56 pitching staff earned run average and are second with 83 doubles. UT Tyler is hitting .308 as a team which is the fourth best within the conference, while its pitchers are limiting opponents to a .255 average.

UT Tyler’s Simon Sedillo is second in the ASC with a 2.07 ERA, while Ryan Cheatham is third with a 2.13 ERA to lead the Patriot pitching staff. A right-hander from Grand Prairie, owns a 7-1 record this season where he has struck out 60 through 12 starts and 78 1/3 innings. Sedillo had a career-high 12 strikeouts in a win over Louisiana College and then followed it with a complete-game shutout against Concordia. He allowed only two runs in a win over LeTourneau last weekend where he went seven innings. A right-hander from Whitehouse, Cheatham is 5-5 on the season with 56 strikeouts in 76 innings of work. He is now 14-5 in his career and has limited batters to a .248 average this season. Nate Imig (3-0) has started seven games this season and has 32 strikeouts in 36 innings for the Patriots in a starter’s role, while Sam Sitton (4-1) leads the team with 19 appearances form the bullpen with a 3.77 ERA. Alex Masotto (2-2) has made 13 appearances where he has 23 strikeouts in 21 innings, while Chris Stodolka (1-1) has 17 strikeouts in 10 appearances and 10 innings.

UT Tyler junior Blake Wilson is third in the ASC and 24th nationally with 62 hits this season, while Bowie Farris leads the team with a .406 batting average entering the postseason. Wilson is hitting .383 in his third season with the Patriots. A short stop from Denton, Farris has 54 hits and leads the team with 35 RBIs and 13 doubles. He hit a two-run walk-off homer in a win over UT Dallas is coming off a five-hit weekend at LeTourneau in the regular-season finales.

Jared Pauley is hitting .377 with 49 hits and leads the Patriots with 17 stolen bases. A senior outfielder from Longview, Pauley has four doubles and one home run this season and is second on the team with 29 runs scored. Blake Maddox leads the team with five home runs, including three in a three-game series at McMurry, while Alex Bishop has four homer and Josh Burns three more. Burns leads the team with three triples and also has 10 doubles and 21 RBIs in his junior season. Bishop is second on the team with 30 RBIs while Graham Welch has 25. A junior from Plano, Welch is hitting .282 with eight doubles, two triples and a home run for the Patriots. He also leads the pitching staff with three saves in seven pitching appearances.

UT Tyler freshman Tanner Roach has started seven straight games and is hitting .366 for the Patriots. An infielder from Whitehouse, Roach has 15 hits and five RBIs in his first season at UT Tyler while Zach Pavelock is hitting .288 with 16 RBIs in his first season with the team after transferring from North Lake. Henry Sanchez has 16 starts and is hitting .295 with 18 total hits this season. A junior from San Antonio who started his collegiate career at SFA, Sanchez has four doubles at the plate and has a .970 fielding percentage with only two errors in the field. UT Tyler senior Ben Romines has added 14 RBIs with 18 hits for the Patriots, highlighted by a 5-for-5 game with three RBIs in a win over Centenary earlier this season.

UT Tyler, which is 14-5 away from home this season, is 36-14 in 10 appearances in the ASC Championship tournament coming into this year’s tournament.


FIRST ROUND MAY 4-6

Blue Bracket | Hosted by Concordia Texas (Austin, Texas)

Host Site | Live Stats | Live Video

Friday, May 4
11:00 a.m. - Game 1 - #4 UT Tyler (26-14) vs. #5 Ozarks (19-18)
3:00 p.m. - Game 2 - #1 Concordia Texas (26-13) vs. #8 East Texas Baptist (21-19)

Saturday, May 5
11:00 a.m. - Game 3 - Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser (Elimination)
3:00 p.m. - Game 4 - Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner
7:00 p.m. - Game 5 - Game 4 Loser vs. Game 3 Winner (Elimination)

Sunday, May 6
Blue Bracket Championship
1:00 p.m. - Game 6 - Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner
Game 7 - If necessary


All-Tournament Team / Blue Bracket
Announced after Blue Backet Championship Game
 


Red Bracket | Hosted by Sul Ross State (Alpine, Texas)

Live Stats | Live Video

Friday, May 4
3:00 p.m. - Game 1 - #3 UT Dallas (25-15) vs. #6 LeTourneau (21-17)
7:00 p.m. - Game 2 - #2 Sul Ross State (23-17) vs. #7 Hardin-Simmons (15-25)

Saturday, May 5
11:00 a.m. - Game 3 - Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser (Elimination)
3:00 p.m. - Game 4 - Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner
7:00 p.m. - Game 5 - Game 4 Loser vs. Game 3 Winner (Elimination)

Sunday, May 6
Red Bracket Championship
Game 6 - Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner
Game 7 - If necessary


All-Tournament Team / Red Bracket
Announced after Blue Backet Championship Game
 

Championship Gold Bracket | Hosted by Highest Remaining Seed
Best 2-of-3 Game Series
Host Site Information |  Links to Live Stats, Video

Thursday, May 10
Game 1 - Blue Bracket Winner vs. Red Bracket Winner

Friday, May 11
Game 2 - Blue Bracket Winner vs. Red Bracket Winner

Saturday, May 12
(If Necessary) Game 3 - Blue Bracket Winner vs. Red Bracket Winner

All-Tournament Team / Gold Finals
Announced after Championship Game
 

NCAA Division III Baseball Championship 
Bracket announced Sunday, May 13 at approximately 11:00 p.m. (CT) on NCAA.com
Regionals -- May 17-21 (Played at 8 campus sites)
Finals -- May 26-30 (Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wis.)