Centenary takes 9-2 win over No. 20 Patriots

Friday, February 12, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – Centenary scored three runs in the fifth inning and then six over the final two to hand No. 20-ranked UT Tyler a 9-2 loss on Friday during the first day of the Clements Fluids Classic at Irwin Field.

The Patriots (3-1) finished the game with nine hits, but also stranded 10 as they saw a 17-game regular-season home winning streak end with the loss to the Gents (5-0) who had 11 hits. UT Tyler will return to action at 4 p.m. on Saturday against Texas Lutheran (1-0) before playing its final Clements Fluids Classic game at 3 p.m. on Sunday against No. 7 Trinity.

Trenton Buchhorn led the Patriots on Friday with a 3-for-4 performance, including two triples and scoring both UT Tyler runs. A junior from Arlington, Buchhorn is only the fifth Patriot to have two triples in one game and he is now hitting .421 with eight hits through four games. Ben Romines made his first start of the season and went 2-for-4 with a walk, while Alex Bishop, Brady McCoy, Kelly Dorsett and Graham Welch each had singles for the Patriots.

Michael Blevins (0-1) received the loss for the Patriots after giving up one earned run through five innings where he had three strikeouts and limited the Gents to four hits. Blevins, who would take his career strikeout total to 102, would exit after CC scored three runs in the fifth including two unearned runs.

Cameron Guin led the Gents with four RBI, including a three-run home run in the ninth and Chris Zapata added three hits and two RBI. Holden Novak (2-0) earned the win after striking out six and holding UT Tyler to two runs through five innings. Matthew Devillier earned a four-inning save after he came into the game in the six with CC holding onto a 3-2 advantage. He would strike out four to take the Gents’ strikeout total to 10 for the game.  


No. 8 Birmingham Southern 3, No. 7 Trinity 2

The No.8 Birmingham Southern Panthers (1-0) took a close 3-2 win over No.7 Trinity Tigers (0-1) in the first game of the Clements Fluids Classic. Winning pitcher Ryan Gaines went 7.1 innings giving up no runs on four hits and six strikeouts.

The Panthers picked up one run each in the 4th, 5th, and 7th innings. Taylor McCracken reached by error to lead off the fourth and would swipe second He would later score off a wild pitch walk of Matt Brown

David Scott had an RBI single in the 5th, knocking in A.J. Hunt. Brayden Housel came across to score in the 7th off a wild pitch, making it 3-0.

Trinity struggled for offense with just two hits in the first seven innings. In the 8th, they saw an opportunity slip by when a bases-loaded lineout of Connor Moore turned into a double play when Nicholas Jewett could not get back to 2nd in time.

The Tigers struck for two runs in the 9th off an RBI double by Jeremy Wolf and a sacrifice fly by Jose Santos. Austin Singer came to the plate with a chance to tie the game with a runner at 3rd, but flew out to center to end the game.

John Michael Shirley recorded his first save of the season for the Panthers.

Contributed by Patrick Cunningham