RECAP: @UTTylerBaseball opens NCAA Championship with win over Oswego
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Oswego State (30-13)
5/25/2018 | Appleton, Wis. | Attendance: 901
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Win: Simon Sedillo (8-3) 9.075433
Loss: R. Donnelly (6-4) 6.0116312
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Tanner Roach (UTTBB) 503000
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Friday, May 25, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist | wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

APPLETON, Wisconsin – Simon Sedillo threw a complete game and Graham Welch hit a two-run home run and drove in four runs to help lead UT Tyler to a 10-5 win over No. 24 Oswego State on Friday in the first game of the NCAA Division III Baseball Championships at Fox Cities Stadium.

The Patriots (36-17) extended a six-game winning streak with the victory where the offense finished with 16 hits, including home runs from Welch and Blake Maddox against the Lakers (30-13). UT Tyler had six players with multi-hit performances, led by Tanner Roach who went 3-for-5 with three singles. UT Tyler will now play at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday against Misericordia University after the Cougars earned a 4-2 win over Randolph-Macon on Friday. Misericordia (Dallas, Pennsylvania) is now 37-13 on the season and is also making its first trip to the NCAA tournament like the Patriots after it won the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship last weekend.

“Offensively, we gave ourselves some breathing room,” UT Tyler coach Brent Porche said. “Our guys continued putting together good at-bats and gave our pitcher a chance to fill up the strike zone and not worry too much. We did a good job of just keep putting up runs throughout the ball game. It feels good to get that first win and now we just need to go get some rest and get ready to go again.”

FULL PRESS CONFERENCE | GAME REPLAY 

UT Tyler started the game with three runs in the top of the first inning after Josh Burns scored on an error by the short stop followed by a two-run single by Bowie Farris to center field. The Patriots scored three runs on three hits and an error in the first before Oswego responded with two in the home half of the inning. In the second, Henry Sanchez hit a one-out single and would score on a wild pitch after moving to third on singles by Jared Pauley and Burns. After the Lakers tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the third, Maddox led off the fourth with a towering home run to lead off the fourth to give the Patriots a lead they would never relinquish.

The Patriots added one more run in the fourth on a Burns sacrifice bunt to score Sanchez who had walked and would take an 8-4 lead in the seventh with Welch delivering with a two-run single. Welch would put the game away in the top of the ninth by drilling a ball over the right-field wall for a two-run shot that was his second home run of the season.

Sedillo (8-3) threw his fourth complete game of the season (second 9-inning) with three strikeouts and working through three walks and seven hits. He would strand four Lakers on base in the game and settle in with his offense providing production throughout the game.

“He did a phenomenal job today making some adjustments,” Porche said. “He was filling up and staying in the zone and was able to throw his off-speed stuff in any situation. To finish that game and keep our bullpen arms fresh coming out of that regional we just won was huge for us.”

While Roach led the Patriots with the three hits, Alex Bishop, Wilson, Farris, Welch and Sanchez each had two-hit games against three Laker pitchers who were unable to stop the momentum from earlier this week when they ran off five straight elimination-game wins to advance to this weekend’s NCAA Championship for the first time in program history. Pauley had a one-out single in the second for his lone hit of the game to extend a 19-game hitting streak which matches Wilson for the longest streak by a Patriot this season. After going 2-for-5 with two runs scored, Wilson now has 84 hits this season to extended his single-season program record. Welch went 2-for-4 and had four RBIs for the second time this season. A junior from Plano, Welch is now on a five-game hitting streak going into the second day of the national tournament.

This story will be updated today with results from the remaining three games of the first round of the tournament.