SCHEDULE ALERT: @Patriot_sb reschedules series against Concordia
Photo by: Lang White
Photo by: Lang White

Saturday, February 24, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist | wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

SCHEDULE ALERT: The UT Tyler softball team has rescheduled its ASC series against Concordia for March 13-14 at Suddenlink Field after rain throughout this week have made conditions unplayable. The Patriots and Tornados will open the series on Monday, March 13 at 6 p.m. before playing a 1 p.m. doubleheader on March 14 in Tyler. 


TYLER – The Patriots (5-0, 3-0 ASC) and Tornados (4-3, 3-0 ASC) were originally scheduled to play the series this weekend, but moved the series back with rain causing havoc on playing conditions. UT Tyler opened its season last week with a doubleheader sweep of Southwestern and then swept McMurry in a three-game ASC series where the combine scoring margin was 29-4 margin in Abilene. The Patriots were 21-1 at home last season and swept CTX in Austin with three straight 8-0 wins. This season, the Tornados opened their season by getting swept by Trinity in a three-game series, split with Schreiner and then took three wins over Hardin-Simmons last weekend on their home field.

UT Tyler comes into the series having outscored its opponents by a 51-7 margin and is hitting .407 with 12 doubles and three home runs. Andrea Gonzales is leading the team with a .533 batting average after opening her senior season by going 8-for-15 last week, while Nicole Garcia is hitting .529 with nine hits and six run batted in. Theresa Gonzales is at .500 after going 7-for-14, Ashley Perez is at .467  and Victoria Gonzales is hitting .400 entering the series against the Tornados.

A freshman from Pflugerville, Perez was named the ASC Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday after being her UT Tyler career by going 7-for-15 with a team-leading 12 RBI. Perez would have a pair of four-RBI performances along with hitting two home runs in the series against McMurry. Garcia had two RBI in the finale at Southwestern and then produced her first three-RBI game after going 3-for-4 with three RBI in the second game at McMurry. Victoria Gonzales has produced seven runs on six hits for the Patriots, while senior returners Hannah Moore and Kailey Henderson each have four RBI and Courtney Fisher has three RBI through five games.

In the circle, UT Tyler is getting strong performances from starters Colleen Bentke (2-0) and Whitney Romero (3-0), while Miranda Leal made two relief appearances. A junior transfer from Brenham, Bentke began her UT Tyler career with two wins in the opening week. She made the season-opening start against Southwestern where she struck out six in a complete-game win. A left-hander, she would follow with nine strike outs in 6 2/3 innings in a win over McMurry and then made a relief appearance in the finale where she struck out one and didn’t allow a hit in 1 2/3 innings. A sophomore from Louisiana, Romero started her second season in Tyler with three wins on the road. She would finish the week with 16 strikeouts, including seven in her first game against McMurry in only four innings after having five in four innings against Southwestern. She is now 17-1 in her UT Tyler career with 96 strikeouts.

UT Tyler will return to the road after its season series against Concordia by taking on Mary Hardin-Baylor on Thursday and Friday in Belton. The Cru is currently 5-2 in their first season without Leah Brown who is now an assistant coach for the Patriots. Brown will return to Belton as an opponent for the first time after an All-American playing career with 34 home runs, 159 RBI and a .413 batting average at UMHB.

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