RECAP: @UTTylerBaseball sweeps Lobos in ASC series
Sul Ross (9-14)
#4 UT Tyler (17-3)
3/18/2017 | Tyler, Tx | Attendance: 325
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Win: Chad Hayes (1-0) 0.200000
Loss: A. Marquez (2-2) 1.001120
C.Barrington (SR) 312000
Ben Romines (UTTBB) 312100

Saturday, March 18, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist ||

TYLER – The No. 4-ranked UT Tyler baseball team earned an American Southwest Conference sweep of Sul Ross after taking two games on Saturday by 4-3 and 4-0 margins at Irwin Field where the Patriots are now 12-1 at this season.

UT Tyler (18-3, 8-1 ASC) is atop the conference standings and is 9-1 on its 11-game home stand which will end with a 6 p.m. game on Tuesday against Centenary. The Patriots, who opened the series with a  5-2 win on Friday, took all three games against the Lobos who fell to 9-15 overall and are now 2-7 in ASC play after being limited to only 13 hits and five runs during their trip to Tyler.

“Our starters always give us a chance to be in the ballgame,” UT Tyler head coach Brent Porche said. “This weekend was no different. We didn't score a ton of runs this weekend, but we had a lot better at bats all weekend long than we have been. Guys were able to execute some of the things we worked on this week and let their ability take over. I'm proud of our guys for bouncing back from a tough midweek loss battling our way to a sweep against a tough Sul Ross club.”

Cason Adams (4-0) earned the win for the Patriots in the series finale after throwing seven scoreless innings and not giving up his first hit until two outs in the fourth inning. Adams is now 20-9 in his career and is the fourth winningest pitcher in program history and only one win behind matching Jack Barkley (2011-13) for third. The senior from Rockwall was dominant but did not rely on the strikeout in the win. He would get 14 fly outs, six ground outs and left the game after the seventh inning with only one strikeout and having needed to throw only 74 pitches. Turner Givens would throw two scoreless innings to close it out in a non-save situation.

Trenton Buchhorn hit his first home run of the season and the seventh of his UT Tyler career with a leadoff home run to right-center field on the first pitch of the second inning, while Graham Welch went 2-for-3 in his first game of the season. Welch would have two singles and drove in a run on a sacrifice fly in a three-run second inning that also had Tim Hunter draw a bases loaded walk to bring in a run.

Chad Hayes (1-0) would earn the win in relief during Saturday’s first game after recording the final two outs in the eighth and seeing the Patriots score on a first-and-third situation where Gunnar Quick got caught up in a run down and Hunter scored before Quick was tagged out. The play gave the Patriots a 4-3 lead going to the ninth inning where Reese Read would strike out the leadoff hitter, get a fly out and then catch the last batter of the game looking for his second strikeout of the game and fifth save of his season.  

UT Tyler finished the game with seven hits with Ben Romines leading the team with a 2-for-3 day, including ripping a run-scoring triple into the left-center field gap to score Alex Bishop from first base. Kyle Broussard would follow with an RBI single up the middle of the infield to give the Patriots a 3-0 lead through four innings before the Lobos struck for three and tied it in the top of the fifth.

UT Tyler started Cody Brown would not receive a decision in the game after throwing 4 2/3 innings where he had two strikeouts and scattered five hits. He had held the Lobo scoreless through four innings with only three hits before they got to him with two outs in the fifth. Sam Sitton would get a flyout to end the threat and inning, while Evan Kissinger recorded one out in to start the sixth. Hayes would get two flyouts in the sixth to keep the Lobos off the board and set up the play that Hunter would score on and Read who shut the door in the seventh inning.

Daniel Williams had one hit in each game and now has a nine-game hitting streak going and leads the team with a .422 average and 27 RBI. Buchhorn has now driven in 18 runs and is hitting .390 for the Patriots who are hitting .313 as a team while opponents are being limited to a .225 average.

UT Tyler and Centenary will meet for the second time this season after the Patriots took a 4-1 in the Clements Fluids Classic finale back on Feb. 19 at Irwin Field.