PREVIEW: @UTTylerBaseball set for NCAA postseason run
Aurora (30-14)
UT Tyler (30-16)
5/17/2018 | Sauget, Ill. | Attendance: 317
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Win: Ryan Cheatham (7-5) 7.1105436
Loss: King (6-1) 3.065532
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Blake Wilson (UTTBB) 332010
Bowie Farris (UTTBB) 412200
Alex Bishop (UTTBB) 212511

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist |

TYLER – The UT Tyler baseball team will open the NCAA Division III Central Regional at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday against Aurora University at GCS Credit Union Ballpark in Sauget, Illinois.

The Patriots (29-16) earned an at-large bid to the NCAA postseason and are making the program’s fourth straight and eighth overall trip to a regional tournament, but the first to the Central Region. UT Tyler is the third seed in the regional and will be playing Aurora (30-13) for the first time in program history. The regional field also includes Webster (36-8), Rhodes (29-14), Franklin (38-3), Thomas More (24-18), Wisconsin-Whitewater (31-6) and Monmouth (28-12-2) from the eight-team, double-elimination tournament this weekend with the winner advancing to the NCAA Division III Championships in Appleton, Wisconsin.

UT Tyler and Aurora are the third game of the first day of play with the winner advancing to play at 8 p.m. on Friday and the loser to play at 1:15 p.m. on Friday in an elimination game. The regional final is scheduled to be played at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday with an if-necessary game on Monday. The Spartans won the Northern Athletics Collegiate and are making their first NCAA appearance since 2012. 

Brent Porche is in his second season leading the Patriots and is 215-108 in his career. He led UT Tyler to the 2017 ASC regular-season and tournament championship and is the first coach in program history to lead the program to the NCAA tournament in the first two seasons.

UT Tyler’s pitching has been a strength all season with right-handed starters Ryan Cheatham, Simon Sedillo and Nate Imig providing quality starts for the Patriots and leading a staff that has a 3.46 ERA with 297 strikeouts. A senior from Whitehouse, Cheatham is 6-5 on the season with a 2.25 ERA and 62 strikeouts after going eight innings two weeks ago in a win over Ozarks in the American Southwest Conference Blue Bracket Championship tournament. Cheatham had six strikeouts in the win where he threw 145 pitches and limited the Eagles to eight hits. Sedillo is 7-2 on the season with a 2.44 ERA and a team-high 63 strikeouts. A Grand Prairie native, Sedillo earned ASC first-team after posting impressive numbers throughout the year. He had a season-high 12 strikeouts in a win over Louisiana College and earned a complete-game victory over Concordia in the regular season with nine strikeouts to highlight his success. Imig is 4-0 on the season after throwing a complete-game victory over Ozarks in an elimination game at the ASC tournament where he struck out six and scattered eight hits in nine innings of work. A Leander native, Imig has a 3.00 ERA and has only allowed two earned runs in his past three starts.

UT Tyler junior Blake Wilson enters the national postseason on an 18-game hitting streak and is eighth in the nation with 75 hits this season. A Midlothian native, Wilson has 23 multi-hit performances and is hitting .399 with 12 doubles, a triple and 62 singles. He has scored 35 runs and has 26 RBIs. At shortstop, Bowie Farris is also at .399 on the season and leads the Patriots with 16 doubles. A Denton native in his first season at UT Tyler, Farris has 38 RBIs and leads the team with 11 multi-RBI performances. He has reached base in 25 straight games for the Patriots

Alex Bishop comes into the regional on a tear after going 11-for-21 with 11 RBIs and two home runs in the conference tournament. A senior from Canada, Bishop leads the team with 41 RBIs and six home runs this season while freshman Tanner Roach leads the team with a .422 batting average. A Whitehouse native, Roach is on a 10-game hitting streak that includes going 12-for-23 in the ASC tournament. Playing at second base, he is also 13-for-15 in stolen bases this year and has five doubles.

UT Tyler senior Jared Pauley is on an 11-game hitting streak and is hitting .375 with 57 total hits. A Longview native, Pauley has established a new UT Tyler single-season record with 19 stolen bases and has scored 34 runs. Josh Burns leads the team with 37 runs scored and joins Wilson as the only players to have started all 45 games this season. An outfielder from Center, Burns is hitting .291 with 24 RBIs this season and has three home runs. Graham Welch has added 29 RBIs and has eight doubles, two triples and a homer in his junior season and also picked up a pitching victory in the ASC tournament. A Plano native, Welch is 2-0 with three saves as a pitcher for the Patriots when he’s not locking down center field.

At catcher, UT Tyler’s Blake Maddox has five home runs and 19 RBIs and Zach Pavelock is hitting .291 with 17 RBIs. The two catchers have provided the team depth this season and have thrown out 30 of 46 runners attempting to steal. UT Tyler’s offense has also been bolstered by Jordan Antley who is hitting .348 with 10 RBIs, Henry Sanchez who has 15 RBIs and senior Ben Romines who has four years of NCAA postseason experience and 14 RBIs this season.

Central Regional Tournament Schedule
10:00 AM - Game 1 - #4 Rhodes (29-14) vs. #5 Franklin (38-3) - Live Stats | Video/Audio 
1:15 PM - Game 2 - #1 Webster (36-8) vs. #8 Thomas More (24-18) - Live Stats | Video/Audio 
4:30 PM - Game 3 - #3 UT Tyler (29-16) vs. Aurora (Ill.) (30-13) - Live Stats | Video/Audio 
7:45 PM - Game 4 - #2 Wis.-Whitewater (31-6) vs. #7 Monmouth (Ill.) (28-12-2) - Live Stats | Video/Audio


10:00 AM - Game 5 - Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 - Live Stats | Video/Audio 
1:15 PM - Game 6 - Loser of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 - Live Stats | Video/Audio 
4:30 PM - Game 7 - Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 - Live Stats | Video/Audio
8 PM - Game 8 - Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4 - Live Stats | Video/Audio 

10:00 AM - Game 9 - Winner of Game 6 vs. Loser of Game 7 - Live Stats | Video/Audio
1:15 PM - Game 10 - Winner of Game 5 vs. Loser of Game 8 - Live Stats | Video/Audio 
4:30 PM - Game 11 - Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8 - Live Stats | Video/Audio 
7:45 PM - Game 12 - Winner of Game 9 vs. Winner of Game 10 - Live Stats | Video/Audio

12 PM - Game 13 - Winner of Game 12 vs. Loser of Game 11 - Live Stats | Video/Audio
3:30 PM - Game 14 - Winner of Game 11 vs. Winner of Game 13 - Live Stats | Video/Audio 

TBD - Game 15 (If Necessary) - Winner of Game 14 vs. Loser of Game 14 - Live Stats | Video/Audio

The NCAA Division III Baseball Committee announced the 58 teams that will compete in the 2018 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship.

All regionals will use a double-elimination format. Forty conference champions qualified automatically.

RELATED: View the interactive bracket 

Winners of the eight regional tournaments will qualify for the pool play double-elimination championship at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin, Friday- Tuesday/Wednesday, May 25- 29/30, 2018.