RECAP: @UTTylerBaseball, Randolph-Macon to meet again at noon on Monday
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Randolph-Macon Coll. (38-8-1)
Univ. of Texas-Tyler (37-18)
5/27/2018 | Appleton, Wis. | Attendance: 1501
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Win: Michael Zubovich (4-0) 6.161113
Loss: Austin Schneider (2-2) 6.185534
Joseph Tuzzolo (RMC) 403010
Bowie Farris (UTT) 402000

Sunday, May 27, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist |

APPLETON, Wisconsin – UT Tyler and Randolph-Macon will play at noon on Monday with the winner advancing to the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship national championship series after the Yellow Jackets took a 6-1 win over the Patriots on Sunday at Fox Cities Stadium in the first matchup between the two teams.


The Patriots (37-18) had started the tournament with wins over Oswego State on Friday and Misericordia on Saturday, but had a seven-game winning streak end after stranding 11 runners on base against No. 5-ranked Randolph-Macon (38-8-1) which scored four of its six runs in the third inning. The Yellow Jackets opened the national tournament with a 4-2 loss to Misericordia on Friday, but has since won elimination games against Oswego, Misericordia and the Patriots.

UT Tyler is a win away from the best-of-three championship series that would start on Tuesday, but is also facing elimination once again after staving off the end of its season with five wins last week to win the NCAA Central Region in Sauget, Illinois.

Randolph-Macon scored all four of its runs in the third with two outs after Schneider starting the inning off with a ground out and then a flyout. A walk followed though and then back-to-back singles and then an inside-the-park home run that found the deepest part of the right-center field gap that allowed Rick Spiers to be credited for a three-run homer.

UT Tyler would score its only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with an RBI single by Jared Pauley to score Blake Maddox who had reached on a one-out single to left field. Pauley extended a 21-game hitting streak with the single but would be stranded on base with Tanner Roach and Josh Burns following with fly outs that stopped the Patriot rally.

UT Tyler sophomore Austin Schneider (2-2) took the loss after allowing five runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. A right-hander from Keller, Schneider earned two wins in last week’s regional tournament but was unable to get out of the four-run third that the offense couldn’t overcome. He would strike out four in the game before Turner Givens threw two innings and Sam Sitton 2/3 of an inning of relief for the Patriots.

Farris led the Patriots in the game by going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, while Pauley, Roach, Burns, Maddox and Sanchez also had singles. UT Tyler was held without an extra-base hit for the first time in 28 games and were held under a double-digit hit total for the first time in Appleton after having 16 hits in the win over Oswego and 10 on Saturday in the victory over Misericordia.

Spiers led the Yellow Jackets by going 2-for-4 with four RBIs, while Cole Migliorni was 2-for-4 with one RBI. R-MC’s Michael Zubovich earned the win after striking out three and limiting the potent Patriot lineup to six hits in 6 1/3 innings of work.

The NCAA DIII Championship is down to four teams with Concordia-Chicago and Texas Lutheran playing tonight in a game that is starting around 10 p.m. with the Bulldogs facing elimination. The Bulldogs advanced with a 3-2 win over Swarthmore earlier on Sunday, while Misericordia was sent home by Randolph-Macon in the first game of the day.