No. 20 Patriots set to host Clements Fluids Classic
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Texas Lutheran (2-1)
#20 UT Tyler (4-1)
2/13/2016 | Tyler, Tx | Attendance: 252
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Win: Tyler Stallings (2-0) 6.020034
Loss: Dylan Drgac (0-1) 1.034222
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Trenton Buchhorn (UTT) 422110
Braxton Hollenshead (UTT) 402310
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist ||

TYLER – The No. 20-ranked UT Tyler baseball team will host the Clements Fluids Classic this weekend at Irwin Field with six games scheduled to be played from Friday to Sunday. The tournament includes Birmingham Southern, Centenary, Texas Lutheran, and No. 7-ranked Trinity University.

The Patriots (3-0) opened the season last weekend with a dominant three-game sweep of the University of Dallas with a combined 39-11 run-scoring margin. UT Tyler will play three games during the three-day Clements Fluids Classic starting with a 6 p.m. game on Friday against Centenary (4-0) and then a 4 p.m. game on Saturday against TLU (0-0). A matchup of nationally ranked opponents will go down at 3 p.m. on Sunday as the Patriots and Tigers (0-0) play the tournament finale.

“This is a weekend that we look forward to every year,” said UT Tyler head coach Chris Bertrand who enters Friday’s game with 90 career wins. “We circle this weekend on our schedule because we get quality teams to come play in the tournament. It’s a challenging weekend for each team and a great showcase for strong DIII baseball. To play against good teams in close games early in the season is exciting for us and our fans. It’ll be a great weekend of baseball.”

Michael Blevins is scheduled to pitch on Friday for the Patriots against Centenary and comes into the game after striking out five in 2 2/3 innings of work last Sunday in his first start of the season. Blevins left the game with a 5-4 lead but did not receive a decision in the game. He enters this weekend with 99 career strikeouts. Tyler Stallings will be the Game 2 starter for the Patriots for the second straight week and is coming off a win over Dallas where he recorded eight strikeouts and allowed only three hits over 4 1/3 innings of work. Stallings will be making his third start and 25th appearance for UT Tyler and enters with 32 strikeouts and a 1.79 ERA through 40 1/3 innings in his career. Cason Adams will look to close out the weekend with a start against Trinity on Sunday. Adams, a junior from Rockwall, is coming off complete-game win last Friday where he had seven strikeouts and allowed only four hits through seven innings. A right-handed pitcher like Blevins and Stallings, Adams will be making his 19th career start at UT Tyler and is 9-3 over the past two seasons. He has recorded 82 strikeouts tied for fifth in program history with two shutouts.

UT Tyler freshman Kelly Dorsett started his collegiate career off strong last weekend by going 4-for-6 with six RBI in the final two games of the series after not playing in the opener. Dorsett made the start at catcher in the second game and went 3-for-3 with a home run and a double for the Patriots and then would have one hit on Sunday as the team’s designated hitter. Leadoff hitter and shortstop Braxton Hollenshead would also have a strong start to the season when after having three hits and reaching base six times on a walk. A junior from League City, Hollenshead score three runs and also did not commit an error at short throughout the weekend where he had four putouts and five assists. A pair of left-handed bats led the Patriots with five hits each as Graham Welch and Trenton Buchhorn each provided offensive production throughout opening weekend. A freshman from Plano, Welch was 5-for-11 with a double, triple and six RBI to go along with two walks and two runs scored during his first weekend of play for the Patriots. Buchhorn, who is transferred in from Tyler Junior College this season, provided two doubles and four RBI in a weekend where he went 5-for-15 at the plate and scored three runs.

UT Tyler center fielder Sam Lane had a triple in the series to take his program record to 13 triple in his career and would also be featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter after making a diving catch in the outfield. A senior from Plano, Lane reached base three times on walks and would score five runs in the series against Dallas. Ben Romines, Michael Caruso and Alex Bishop each had three RBI in the series with Romines delivering a three-run double in the series finale and Caruso having three RBI in the second game of the series where he made the start at second. Bishop would produce two doubles and reach three times on walks to score five runs during the weekend.