RECAP: @Patriot_sb opens season with sweep of Pirates
UT Tyler senior first baseman Andrea Gonzales opened the season by going 4-for-6 with two RBI for the Patriots in the sweep of Southwestern.
UT Tyler senior first baseman Andrea Gonzales opened the season by going 4-for-6 with two RBI for the Patriots in the sweep of Southwestern.
UT Tyler (1-0)
Southwestern (2-3)
2/14/2018 | Georgetown, Texas | Attendance: 218
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Win: Colleen Bentke (1-0) 7.050006
Loss: Netek (0-1) 6.0126632
Andrea Gonzales (UTTSB) 212000
Ashley Perez (UTTSB) 412200
Hannah Moore (UTTSB) 402100
Silvas (SUSB) 302000

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist | wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

GEORGETOWN – UT Tyler freshman Ashley Perez had three doubles and drove in six runs while Patriot starting pitchers Collen Bentke and Whitney Romero combined for 11 strikeouts in a doubleheader sweep of Southwestern on Wednesday at Taylor-Sanders Field.

The Patriots (2-0) opened their season with a 6-0 victory in the opener before rolling to a 16-3 run-shortened five-inning win to cap the sweep against the Pirates who fell to 2-4 with the losses. UT Tyler finished the day hitting .410 as a team with eight doubles, while Southwestern was limited to a .200 team batting average. Andrea Gonzales and Perez led the Patriots with four hits each, while Nicole Garcia and Victoria Gonzales each had three hits. Kursten Jaime had two hits on the day and scored five runs.

“I thought it was a good opening series for us,” UT Tyler coach Mike Reed said. “We did some things well but also were able to see some areas we can improve. I thought Colleen did a great job in the first game which allowed us to relax and have better at-bats later in the game. Game 2 we were able to put some great at-bats together early.”

UT Tyler will return to action and open American Southwest Conference play this weekend when it plays McMurry on Saturday and Sunday in Abilene. The three-game series was moved back a day because of weather forecasts and will begin with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday before the team’s play a noon series finale on Sunday at Red Bud Park. The series is the first-ever meeting between the programs with the War Hawks just five games into their inaugural season.

UT Tyler opened the season with a 6-0 win over the Pirates to start the day. Bentke (1-0) earned the win for the Patriots after striking out six and scattering five hits in seven scoreless innings. A junior from Brenham, Bentke is in her first season at UT Tyler after pitching last season for Blinn College. In her first outing with the Patriots, the left-hander did not walk a single Pirate in the 113-pitch performance.

Perez led the Patriots at the plate by going 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Andrea Gonzales was 2-for-2 and Hannah Moore went 2-for-4 with an RBI. UT Tyler took its first lead of the game and season in the third inning with Victoria Gonzales hitting a single to center field to score Kailey Henderson and took a 3-0 lead in the sixth off a Moore single to score Kursten Jaime. Perez would produce a two-run double in the seventh with a shot to left-center field and Theresa Gonzales capped the six-run win with a sacrifice fly that scored Perez from third.

UT Tyler finished the first game with 12 hits, including doubles from Nicole Garcia, Perez and Henderson.

In the second game of the doubleheader, UT Tyler had an 11-0 lead after the first inning and cruised to its first run-rule victory of the season. The scoring started on an Andrea Gonzales fielder’s choice to score Victoria Gonzales before Perez stepped up and drilled a two-run double to score Andrea Gonzales and Garcia for a quick three-run lead. The UT Tyler advantage continued to grow with RBI singles from Resendez, Jaime and Victoria Gonzales, followed by a pair of two-run doubles by Andrea Gonzales and Perez to cap the 11-run inning. Perez finished the inning with two doubles and four RBI. Courtney Fisher would add the final runs of the game for the Patriots with a two-run double to left-center field in the top of the fifth inning to score Campbell and Jaime.

Romero (1-0) earned the win for the Patriots in the second game after striking out five and allowing only four hits in four innings of work. A sophomore from Lafayette, Louisiana, Romero did not walk a batter in the game through four innings. Miranda Leal came in and threw a scoreless fifth inning with the 13-run lead.

UT Tyler finished the game with 13 hits, including having five players with multi-hit performances. Perez led the team with four RBI on a 2-for-3 day with the two first-inning doubles, while Nicole Garcia was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Victoria Gonzales, Andrea Gonzales and Dariann Resendez also had two hits in the game. Fisher, Garcia and Andrea Gonzales each had doubles for the Patriots.

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