PREVIEW: No. 16 @UTTylerBaseball set for three in Abilene
Photo by: Lang White
Photo by: Lang White
UT Tyler (9-6, 1-3 ASC)
Hardin-Simmons (6-8, 4-3 ASC)
3/9/2018 | Abilene, Texas | Attendance: 263
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Win: Day (1-0) 0.100001
Loss: Ryan Cheatham (2-2) 8.174415
Blake Wilson (UTTBB) 502000
Alex Bishop (UTTBB) 312100
Jordan Antley (UTTBB) 412100
Johnson (HSU) 422101
Tople (HSU) 402100

Thursday, March 8, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist |

TYLER – The No. 16-ranked UT Tyler baseball team will travel to Abilene to play Hardin-Simmons in a three-game American Southwest Conference series on Friday and Saturday at Hunter Field.

The Patriots (9-5, 1-2 ASC) are coming off a 9-8 win over Millsaps on Tuesday after dropping two of three against East Texas Baptist last weekend in Tyler, while the Cowboys (5-8, 3-3 ASC) topped Schreiner 10-8 on Tuesday following losing two of three against LeTourneau. UT Tyler is currently 4-0 away from home this season, while the Cowboys are 2-2 at Hunter Field and are in the middle of a seven-game home stand. The Patriots are currently ranked No. 16 by

UT Tyler and HSU will begin the series at 7 p.m. on Friday before a 1 p.m. doubleheader. In the opener, senior right-handed pitcher Ryan Cheatham (2-1) is scheduled to make his fifth start of the season and will be followed by Simon Sedillo (1-1) and Brandon Saddler (1-0) as the Patriot probable pitchers. Cheatham has earned two straight ASC Pitcher of the Week honors and enters Friday’s opener with a 0.00 ERA and 17 strikeouts through 25 1/3 innings of work. A Whitehouse native in his second season at UT Tyler, he is 11-1 in his career and has limited opponents to a .180 batting average. Sedillo is scheduled to make his fifth start in the 1 p.m. game on Saturday and currently has a 2.55 ERA. A right-hander from Grand Prairie, Sedillo leads the team with 18 strikeouts and has only walked two in 24 2/3 innings this season. Saddler, a right-hander from Frisco, is in his first season with the Patriots and has made one start. He earned the win at Millsaps in his only start where he limited the Majors to one earned run and five hits in seven innings of work. He’ll come into Saturday with a 2.13 ERA through five appearances and 12 2/3 innings.

Through 14 games, the UT Tyler offense is hitting .273 with 29 doubles, a triple, four home runs and 90 singles. The team is 18-for-22 on stolen bases and has eight players with double-digit hit totals. UT Tyler junior Blake Wilson leads the Patriots with 17 hits this season, including 16 singles and one double and has driven in five runs. Bowie Farris is coming off a four-RBI performance with two two-run doubles in the win over Millsaps and now leads the team with 11 RBI. A junior transfer from Frisco, Farris has started 10 of 14 games in the infield for the Patriots and is hitting .353 with five doubles. UT Tyler senior Ben Romines leads the team with six doubles and has produced seven RBI along with Alex Bishop. Jared Pauley leads the team with a .379 batting average and is also 6-for-6 on stolen bases to start his senior season. An outfielder from Longview, Pauley has 11 total hits and six RBI coming into the series against HSU.

Josh Burns leads the team with two home runs and also has three doubles and the lone triple, while Blake Maddox has produced eight RBI and is hitting .273 with four doubles, a home run at Millsaps and seven singles. Jordan Antley is at .343 on the season with 10 singles and two doubles, while Graham Welch has nine hits after going 2-for-3 with two RBI in the win over the Majors on Tuesday. A junior from Plano, Welch has also emerged as a pitcher this season where he leads the team with three saves and has a 0.00 ERA through four appearances and 2 2/3 innings of work.

UT Tyler will return to Tyler after the series at HSU where it will host UT Dallas in a three-game series on March 16-17 at Irwin Field. The Comets, who are ranked No. 8 by Perfect Game, are currently 9-5 this season going into a non-conference series against Texas Lutheran this weekend in Richardson.