RECAP: @UTTylerBaseball reaches NCAA Central Regional finals
UT Tyler (33-17)
#1 UW Whitewater (33-8)
5/20/2018 | Sauget, Ill. | Attendance: 167
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UW Whitewater010000000151
Win: Austin Schneider (1-1) 9.051007
Loss: Heilenbach (5-2) 4.043303
Alex Bishop (UTTBB) 424000
Fleischman (UWWBB) 412000

Sunday, May 20, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist |


SAUGET, Illinois – The UT Tyler Patriots are heading to the NCAA Central Regional Championship finals after knocking off No. 1-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater in a 4-1 elimination game win with sophomore Austin Schneider throwing a complete-game on Sunday at GCS Credit Union Field. The Patriots, who have now won three straight elimination games and knocked off the top two seeds in the tournament, had reached the second game on Sunday with a 5-1 win over No. 13 Webster earlier in the day (GAME RECAP) and are now two wins away from the program’s first trip to the NCAA Division III Championship tournament.

UT Tyler (33-17) will play Rhodes College at noon on Monday in the regional final with the Patriots needing to win two games and the Lynx one win away from the title. Rhodes is 3-0 in the tournament with wins over Franklin, Webster and UW-Wisconsin leading into the finals. UTT is the third seed in the tournament and Rhodes College is the fourth. The two teams did not play in the regular season, but did meet last season where the Lynx took a 7-2 win over the Patriots in the NCAA West Regional in Tyler.

Schneider (1-1) earned the first win of his career after striking out seven and limiting the top-ranked team in’s poll to five hits. The Warhawks had beat the Patriots 8-2 on Saturday with 11 hits, but on Sunday they were never able to figure out Schneider who helped preserve the Patriot bullpen which was not needed all day after senior Ryan Cheatham also threw a complete game in the win over Webster. A sophomore from Keller, Schneider now has 24 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings of work this season.

“I’m so proud of these guys,” UT Tyler coach Brent Porche said. “They are making some history and they aren’t done fighting yet. Getting those two performances from Cheatham and Schneider today was absolutely amazing. Those guys fought for their team. These guys are dangerous right now. One game at a time, we just want to keep making history.”

Alex Bishop got the Patriots going in the win over UW-Whitewater with a leadoff single to left center in the second inning, but two quick outs made it look like a run may not score. With two outs, Graham Welch was hit and then Zack Pavelock singled to load the bases. Henry Sanchez would drive in the first two runs of the game with a slashing single through the left side of the infield to score Bishop and Welch.

UW-Whitewater scored its only run of the game in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI ground out, but once again Bishop would start another inning with a hit in the fourth with a double and scored the third run for the Patriots when Bowie Farris hit a sacrifice fly to left-center field. The final run came in the seventh with Welch leading off with a double and scoring on a bunt single by Jared Pauley who pulled the ball and beat out the throw. Pauley’s hit extended a 16-game hitting streak for the senior from Longview.

The Warhawks struggled most of the game against Schneider but threatened in the bottom of the sixth after two runners reached. With runners at second and third, a wild pitch went to the back stop but the ball kicked back to UT Tyler catcher Zach Pavelock who grabbed the ball and tagged the runner attempting to score. UW-Whitewater would not get another runner to second base in the game with the Patriots closing out the game by getting a double play for the first two outs in the ninth after a leadoff single and then Schneider recording his seventh strikeout to end the game.

Bishop led the Patriots by going 4-for-4 in the game with two doubles and two singles, while Welch was 2-for-3 and Pauley, Pavelock and Sanchez each had one hit. Bishop now has 17 doubles on the season and has now had two four-hit games.

With the loss, the Warhawks had their season end with a 33-8 record after falling to Rhodes on Sunday morning and then the Patriots in the 13th game of the tournament.