Adams earns ASC award; Patriots to host SU on Tuesday

Monday, March 21, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist ||

RICHARDSON – UT Tyler’s Cason Adams has been named the American Southwest Conference Co-Pitcher of the week after shutting down Texas Dallas last Friday in the Patriots’ series opener in Richardson.

Adams earned his third win of the season through seven innings against Texas Dallas in the series opener against the Comets where he recorded six strikeouts and allowed no earned runs. The 11-6 win on Friday helped lead the UT Tyler to 2-1 series win over UTD and keep the Patriots in first place in the ASC standings with a 6-3 record that is matched by Hardin-Simmons. Adams limited the Comets to just three hits and held them to a .136 batting average.

“He did a great job of setting the tone for our team for what would become the rest of the weekend,” UT Tyler head coach Chris Bertrand said. “We understood as a team how big that series was and what it meant in the given moment of our season. We wanted him to go out there and execute the game plan and set a tone for everyone else the rest of the weekend. I thought he was really well prepared and that Kelly Dorsett did a great job of catching him. Even though it was their first time working together they meshed well.”

Adams is now 3-1 on the season with 30 strikeouts and a 4.24 ERA through seven starts. He is the first UT Tyler pitcher to earn an ASC weekly award this season and the only the second overall player. Trenton Buchhorn was named the ASC Hitter of the Week back on Feb. 29 for the Patriots who are ranked No. 18 in the nation and lead the ASC standings with a 6-3 record within conference play. Adams shared the weekly pitching award with Ozark’s Brady Taylor who threw a three-hit shutout to lead the Eagles to a 1-0 win over Mary Hardin-Baylor on Saturday in game one of a three-game series. Taylor allowed just five base runners and striking out three to earn his second win of the season.

Alex Bishop was not selected as the ASC Hitter of the Week but was added to the “other top performance” category. Bishop hit three home runs and had nine hits to lead the Patriots to a 3-1 record last week. Bishop was 9-for-15 at the plate for a .545 average with two doubles, six RBI and scored 10 runs. For the season Bishop is hitting .392, has 31 hits, 12 doubles, a triple and a team-leading three home runs. Bishop also has 23 RBI and a .500 on-base percentage.

UT Tyler returns to action at 6 p.m. on Tuesday with a non-conference game against Southwestern at Irwin Field before hosting LeTourneau in a three-game ASC set on Thursday and Friday. The Patriots are 10-3 at home this season, including earning a 10-5 win over Denison last Wednesday before going on the road to take down the Comets. 

“I think this is a really important stretch for what we want to do as a team,” Bertrand said. “We are going to be challenged on Tuesday against a good Southwestern team and then have a quick turnaround on short week against LeTourneau on Thursday. At this point in time and how competitive the conference is, every game is important. It’s a big week for us and I think if we can commit ourselves to saying that if the next five days is going to be the best five days that we can give each other then we’ll enjoy our Easter weekend off and go back to the drawing board with a bye week. We’re going to give it our all this week and if we do so I think we’ll like our results at the end of the week.”