RECAP: @UTTylerBaseball takes two losses at Clements Fluids Classic
Photo by: Lang White
Photo by: Lang White
Whitworth (4-6)
#16 UT Tyler (3-1)
2/16/2018 | Tyler, Texas | Attendance: 123
UT Tyler000000010134
Win: Kingma (1-2) 8.031113
Loss: Ryan Cheatham (0-1) 5.052025
McKeirnan (WHTW) 511000
Poffenroth (WHTW) 401200
Phelan (WHTW) 301000
Bailey (WHTW) 401000
Locati (WHTW) 301010
Isa (WHTW) 411000
Jordan Antley (UTTBB) 401000
Ben Romines (UTTBB) 301100
Blake Maddox (UTTBB) 401000

Friday, February 16, 2018

TYLER – The No. 16-ranked UT Tyler baseball team dropped a pair of games on Friday on the first day of the Clements Fluids Classic with a 2-1 loss to Whitworth followed by a 15-5 defeat to No. 21 Trinity at Irwin Field.

The Patriots (3-2) are scheduled to return to action at 1 p.m. on Sunday against No. 20 Centenary in the final game of the Clements Fluids Classic but weather could become a factor this weekend. On Saturday there are two neutral-field games with East Texas Baptist and Trinity (4-0) playing at 3 p.m. and Whitworth and Centenary scheduled to play at 7 p.m. at Irwin Field.

In the first game on Friday, UT Tyler was held scoreless until the eighth inning when Ben Romines hit an RBI single to score pinch runner Bowie Farris. The run cut the deficit to one, the Patriots wouldn’t be able to tie the game despite Josh Burns reaching in the ninth and stealing second to get into scoring position with one out. The Patriots would get their second out on a fly out to keep Burns at second before a groundout to first end the game.

UT Tyler finished the game against the Pirates with only three hits, including Jordan Antley and Blake Maddox going 1-for-4 and Romines going 1-for-3. The Patriots committed four errors in the game and left six on base.

Ryan Cheatham (0-1) took the loss despite striking out five and allowing only five hits in five innings of work. A senior from Whitehouse, he is now 9-1 in his UT Tyler career after he allowed a Taylor Poffenroth two-run single in the fifth inning for the lead and only runs needed for the win.

UT Tyler scored all five of its runs against Trinity in the seventh inning where four of its seven hits also came from. The Patriots were out-hit by a 19-7 margin in the game where the Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and would own a 9-0 lead after tacking on two runs in the fifth. After the Patriots cut the deficit to 9-5 in the seventh, Trinity would score two more in the eighth and four in the ninth.

Maddox led UT Tyler with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate against Trinity, while Henry Sanchez had an RBI double for the team’s first run and Blake Wilson went 2-for-4. UT Tyler freshman Kolton Forsythe had a pinch-hit RBI single in the inning and Alex Bishop was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring in another run. Josh Burns drove in the final run of the inning when he reached on a fielder’s choice before two runners were left on base in what would be the final Patriot threat of the night.

UT Tyler junior Max Page (0-1) took the loss after allowing four earned runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings of work. Page, who got a no-decision in the season-opening win over La Verne last Thursday, walked two in the 58-pitch appearance. Kevin Flores (2-0) earned the win for the Tigers after striking out nine and going 6 1/3 innings were he scattered five hits and got around four walks.

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