PREVIEW: @UTTylerBaseball to host McMurry
McMurry (12-23)
UT Tyler (29-5)
4/21/2017 | Tyler, Tx | Attendance: 345
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Win: Ryan Cheatham (8-0) 5.052232
Loss: Juan Valadez (4-5) 4.087762
Chris Baker (MCM) 313411
Gunnar Quick (UTTBB) 614300

Thursday, April 20, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist ||

TYLER –  The No. 5-ranked UT Tyler baseball team will host its final regular-season home series against McMurry this weekend at Irwin Field with the program honoring its 14-player senior class between doubleheader games on Saturday and having won 10 of its last 11 games. 

The Patriots (28-5, 16-2 ASC) are atop the American Southwest Conference standings after taking two of three at Louisiana College two weeks ago, while McMurry (12-22, 6-12 ASC) lost two of three against Howard Payne last weekend at home. The Patriots did not play last week after having their midweek game at Centenary canceled due to rain. UT Tyler will honor Cason Adams, Tim Hunter, Trenton Buchhorn, Cade Suggs, Brady McCoy, Reese Read, Hunter Palmer, Gunnar Quick, Chad Hayes, Cody Brown, Daniel Williams, Blake Brunnemann, Dalton Smith and Kyle Broussard on Senior Day prior to the final game on Saturday. The Patriots are 16-2 at Irwin Field this season and have outscored their opponents by a 102-52 margin in those home games.

Adams (6-0) is scheduled to start the series finale for the Patriots after Brown (5-2) starts the 1 p.m. game against the War Hawks. Ryan Cheatham (7-0) takes the ball in the 6 p.m. series opener on Friday for the Patriots. Adams owns a 22-9 career record in four years at UT Tyler, including a 22-5 record after going 0-4 as a freshman. He has 41 strikeouts in 49 2/3 innings of work this season, while Brown leads the team with 50 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings. Brown is in his first season at UT Tyler after pitching at TJC and Sam Houston before transferring for his senior season. Cheatham is also in his first year on the Irwin Field mound after pitching at TJC the past two seasons. A Whitehouse native, Cheatham has recorded 39 strikeouts and has a 2.50 ERA in 57 2/3 innings. The UT Tyler starting rotation is 10-0 at home this season and has allowed only 27 earned runs in 88 innings in front of their home fans. As a staff, the Patriot pitchers have a combined 3.10 ERA with 233 strikeouts in 281 1/3 total innings. Reese Read (2-1) leads the team with seven saves and has a 1.76 ERA in 16 appearances, while Miles Thomas is 2-0 and has a save and Hunter Palmer (1-1) has three saves and leads the team with 17 appearances. 

Daniel Williams leads the Patriots with a .432 batting average, 57 total hits and 36 RBI coming into the series against the War Hawks. A designated hitter from Katy, Williams has recorded 16 multi-hit and 10 multi-RBI performances this season and is on a five-game hitting streak. He also leads the Patriots with five home runs and is tied with Trenton Buchhorn with nine doubles. Buchhorn is hitting .424 with 42 hits and 28 RBI, while Ben Romines is at .385 with 35 hits and 17 RBI. A junior from Tyler, Romines has four doubles, two triples and a home run on his resume in 27 starts in the outfield. Graham Welch now has 13 games on the stat sheet and is filling up the columns. A sophomore outfielder, Welch is hitting .302 with two doubles, two triples, two home runs and 12 singles in those 13 games. Tim Hunter leads the team with 41 walks and is tied with Gunnar Quick with 31 runs scored, while Brady McCoy has 18 RBI and Kyle Broussard has 10 RBI as catchers. Blake Wilson has added 27 hits and 14 runs scored and Jared Pauley has 25 hits and 11 runs scored. Hunter also leads the team with 12 stolen bases, while Pauley and Quick have six each coming into the weekend series.

UT Tyler is hitting .316 as a team with 52 doubles, seven triples, 17 home runs and 260 singles through 33 games. Opponents have been limited to a .234 average and have been outscored by a 219-111 margin with six regular-season games remaining on the Patriots’ schedule. The Patriots are currently ranked No. 5 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 6 by and No. 8 by Perfect Game. The team will conclude its regular-season schedule next weekend at East Texas Baptist in Marshall. 

UT Tyler 16-2 0.889 28-5 0.848 W2
UT Dallas 14-4 0.778 26-8 0.765 W4
East Texas Baptist 14-4 0.778 23-11 0.676 W2
Mary Hardin-Baylor 12-6 0.667 18-14 0.563 W4
Concordia Texas 11-7 0.611 21-13 0.618 W1
Howard Payne 10-8 0.556 18-14 0.563 L1
Belhaven # 11-10 0.524 23-14 0.622 W5
Hardin-Simmons 8-10 0.444 16-17 0.485 W6
Louisiana College 9-12 0.429 18-15 0.545 L5
McMurry % 6-12 0.333 12-22 0.353 W1
Sul Ross State 5-13 0.278 12-22 0.353 L1
Univ. of Ozarks 3-15 0.167 9-22 0.290 L13
LeTourneau 1-17 0.056 9-23 0.281 L3

# Ineligible for 2017 ASC Championship/NCAA Championship (Div. III Provisional)
% Ineligible for 2017 ASC Championship/NCAA Championship (Div. III Reclassifying)