RECAP: @Patriot_sb takes two from UMHB
UT Tyler (6-0)
Mary Hardin-Baylor (5-3)
3/1/2018 | Belton, TX | Attendance: 207
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Win: Colleen Bentke (3-0) 7.041106
Loss: Darilek (2-2) 3.157311
Victoria Gonzales (UTTSB) 312401
Andrea Gonzales (UTTSB) 402000
Lynsey Mitchell (UTTSB) 302000
Bounds (UMHB-SFT) 301000
Wolfe (UMHB-SFT) 301000
Tomlinson (UMHB-SFT) 301100
Douglas (UMHB-SFT) 301000

Thursday, March 1, 2018
by Patrick Cunningham

BELTON – The No. 3-ranked UT Tyler Patriots (7-0, 5-0 ASC) took both games of a doubleheader from the Mary Hardin-Baylor Cru (5-4, 2-3 ASC) on Thursday at Dee Dillon Field. The victories kept the Patriots unbeaten on the season going into a 1 p.m. series finale on Friday.

Game 1

The Patriots cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Cru in the first game of the series in Belton. UT Tyler got the scoring started early, showing no signs of a potential slow start after not playing for nearly two weeks. In the first innings Nicole Garcia got on board via a leadoff walk and was moved to second on a Vanessa Gonzales sacrifice bunt. Freshman Ashley Perez had her first RBI of the day with a single into center to put the Patriots up 1-0.

UT Tyler exploded in the second inning with four runs on just two hits. Lynsey Mitchell led off the inning with a single into left-center. She was then pinch-run for by Natalie Romeo. Shortstop Hannah Moore would then be hit by a pitch, her first of three times that happened in the game. Senior Kailey Henderson reached on a fielder’s choice that took out Hannah Moore on a force play at second. The Patriots went back to the top of the lineup where Nicole Garcia reached on an error by UMHB left fielder Avery Kelly. The error brought home Henderson and Romeo and kept the inning alive which allowed Vanessa Gonzales to slam a three-run home run to extend the UT Tyler lead to 5-0. Over the two games Gonzales and Perez would combine for nine of the Patriots twelve RBIs.

“Perez and Gonzales worked and made some adjustments to have some key at-bats for us,” UT Tyler coach Mike Reed said.

In the fourth inning, Hannah Moore reached on a leadoff hit-by-pitch and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Henderson. Garcia and Vanessa Gonzales would follow-up with back-to-back RBI doubles to push the score to 7-0.

The Cru offense struggled to get anything going throughout the game. They would not have multiple runners reach base until the bottom of the seventh. Designated player Hannah Wolfe started the inning off with a leadoff double, just the third hit of the game for Mary Hardin-Baylor. She was replaced on the base paths by Jessica Picou. Right fielder Linsey Tomlinson would bring her home on a single to center field for the Cru’s lone run.

Colleen Bentke (3-0) had another solid pitching performance for the Patriots. She hurled a complete game allowing only one run on four hits with six strikeouts to pick up her third win on the season. She was charged with an error on a ground ball in the fifth but bounced back with a strikeout to end the inning.


Game 2

The Patriots took the second game of the doubleheader 7-2 with Ashley Perez going 3-4 with four RBIs, matching her career high in just her seventh career game. Sophomore Whitney Romero (4-0) picked up another win on the season going 3 ⅔ innings pitched. She allowed two runs on five hits with four strikeouts.

Nicole Garcia would get the game going for the Patriots with a leadoff single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Vanessa Gonzales. Perez and Andrea Gonzales hit back-to-back singles that brought home Vanessa Gonzales. Andrea Gonzales scored on a wild pitch while her other sister Theresa Gonzales was at the plate to make the score 2-0.


In the bottom of the second the Cru had Tomlinson reach on a one-out walk and stole second to reach scoring position. She advanced to third on a groundout, but could not score as Romero struck out Kourtney Cummings to end the inning.

The Patriots put up a three spot in the third inning with leadoff singles by Garcia and Vanessa Gonzales. They both scored on a Perez three-run home run that extended the lead to 5-0. That chased away the starter Hannah Halepaska for her first loss of the season(2-1). She would finish with just two innings pitched giving up five runs on six hits. UT Tyler would put more pressure on the Cru defense with a double by Dariann Resendez and Theresa Gonzales but a strikeout and a groundout ended the inning. One more run was added in the fourth on a single by Perez to score Garcia that pushed the lead to 6-0.

The Cru had another missed opportunity in the third when Makenzi Dawson hit a two-out double to the wall in right field. She tried to stretch it into a triple but a rally from right by Garcia and Vanessa Gonzales gunned her down to end the threat.

Mary Hardin-Baylor finally pushed across runs in the fourth on a two-out rally. After two straight strikeouts to start off the inning, the Cru put together four straight singles to score two runs that ended UT Tyler starter Whitney Romero’s outing. Reliever Miranda Leal came into a 6-2 game and gave up a walk to load the bases and brought they tying run to the plate. Pinch hitter Avery Kelly came up and Leal sat her down with a three-pitch strikeout.

“Leal made a big pitch in a big spot for us. That was one of the key moments of the game,” said Reed.

Despite the 7-2 scoreline, Leal was credited with a save because the tying run came to the plate. It was her first of the season. The Patriots would put up their final run in the fifth off a double by Kailey Henderson that scored Hannah Moore.

The series finale will be at 1 p.m. on Friday.  

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