2016 NCAA Division III National Champions
RECAP: @Patriot_sb earns two shut out wins over Trinity
#1 UT Tyler (9-0)
Trinity University (0-3)
2/21/2017 | San Antonio, Texas | Attendance: 55
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Win: Alaina Kissinger (6-0) 6.010004
Loss: Glomb (0-2) 5.096322
KK Stevens (UTTSB) 323110
Berreth (TUSB) 201000

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

SAN ANTONIO – UT Tyler senior Alaina Kissinger earned the 50th win of her career in a one-hit 9-0 shutout against Trinity and was followed by freshman Whitney Romero who threw another 9-0 one-hit shutout as the No. 1-ranked Patriots extended their season-opening winning streak to 10 with a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday of the Tigers.

The Patriots (10-0) have won 10 straight games to start a season for the eighth time in program history and will return to action this weekend when they travel to play LeTourneau a three-game series in Longview. UT Tyler’s best starts to a season in program history came with a 25-game streak to start 2008 and a 20-game streak to start the 2015 season. The Tigers fell to 0-4 after also dropping two games to Mary Hardin-Baylor last week.

Mel Hinojosa and Kaylee Prather led the Patriots with four hits and three RBI each in the non-conference double, while Cheyenne Thompson had three RBI on three hits.

Kissinger (6-0) earned the win in the first game by throwing a one-hitter while the Patriots pounded out 12 hits in the 9-0 win. Kissinger struck out four in the win that took her career record to 50-2 and she now has 307 strikeouts. A senior from Telephone, Kissinger is the third pitcher in program history to reach 50 wins following Stacy Sheppard who had 55 from 2008-11 and Kelsie Batten who finished her career with 118 from 2013-16.

Stevens led the Patriots at the plate in the 9-0 win by going 3-for-3 with two doubles, while Cheyenne Thompson, Mel Hinojosa and Courtney Fisher had two hits each. The Patriots didn’t score in the first but would plate runs in each of the next five to end the game early. Hinojosa would drive in the first run of the game with a double to right field in the second inning and was followed by Kaylee Prather who drove in another with a single to right field.

The lead grew to 3-0 in the third with Stevens hitting an opposite-field single to score Thompson who had reached by being hit by a pitch and then stealing second. UT Tyler would put the game away with three runs in the sixth with Lexi Ackroyd hitting an RBI double to score Thompson and then Hinojosa hitting an RBI single through the middle for the ninth run.

Romero (4-0) stayed perfect to start her freshman season and had a no-hitter through three innings. She would strike out two and needed only 50 pitches to earn the complete-game win.

The Patriots jumped out quick in the game with four runs in the second inning with Prather hitting a two-run triple to left-center field and Thompson driving in two more with a double to center field. The Patriots added two more in the third with RBI from Hinojosa and Abby Hall and secured another run-shortened win when the team scored three more in the fifth.

Thompson is now hitting .606 with 20 hits and 19 RBI through 10 games, while Prather has 19 hits and Stevens 14 for the Patriots who have outscored their opponents by a 91-11 margin this season and have played only one game that went a full seven innings. UT Tyler and the YellowJackets open their three-game series at 6 p.m. on Friday before playing a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday. UT Tyler is 3-0 in ASC play after sweeping through Hardin-Simmons two weeks ago to start conference play.