2016 NCAA Division III National Champions
RECAP: No. 1 @Patriot_sb rolls to sweep of DePauw
DePauw (1-6)
#1 UT Tyler (18-2)
3/12/2017 | Tyler, Tx | Attendance: 125
UT Tyler100110X360
Win: Alaina Kissinger (10-0) 7.040014
Loss: Brooke Bandy (0-4) 3.031132
Megan Montgomery (DPUS) 301000
Liz Getz (DPUS) 201010
Abey Bass (DPUS) 301000
Bekka Roberts (DPUS) 101000
Kaylee Prather (UTTSB) 211010
Cheyenne Thompson (UTTSB) 301100
KK Stevens (UTTSB) 211111
Lexi Ackroyd (UTTSB) 311000
Hannah Moore (UTTSB) 201100
Andrea Gonzales (UTTSB) 201000

Sunday, March 12, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – KK Stevens drove in four runs and Andrea Gonzales, Lexi Ackroyd and Hannah Moore had three RBI each to help lead the No. 1-ranked UT Tyler softball team to a Sunday morning doubleheader sweep of DePauw with Alaina Kissinger and Whitney Romero earning a pair of shutout victories.

The Patriots (19-2) won the twinbill by a 19-0 combined margin after taking the first game by a 3-0 score and then running away with a 16-0 finale after scoring 13 runs in the first inning. UT Tyler, which was coming off a 2-1 series win over East Texas Baptist, is now 9-1 at home and 9-0 in non-conference play this season while DePauw returns to Indiana with a 1-7 overall record.

Kissinger (10-0) earned the win in the first game of the day after striking out four and limiting the Tigers to only four hits in seven innings. She would improve to 54-2 in her career with the win and now has 328 strikeouts and 30 complete games. With Kissinger not allowing a run, the Patriots took the win with Cheyenne Thompson driving in the first run with a single in the first inning and Moore hitting a sacrifice fly in the fourth to score Ackroyd who had hit a one-out triple. The third run came in as Stevens blasted a 0-2 pitch over the fence for her team-leading sixth home run of the season. A senior from Plano, Stevens now has 24 home runs and 133 RBI in her career.

The second game of the day belonged to the Patriots from the beginning as they scored 13 runs to match the second most in an inning in program history. UT Tyler also score 13 runs in a 19-3 win over Texas Lutheran in 2008 with the program record being 16 runs in an inning during a 29-0 win at Sul Ross in 2011. The first-inning explosion came on eight hits and one error and started with Kaylee Prather hitting an infield single. Stevens would drive in the first run on a fielder’s choice and the inning included two-run doubles by Ackroyd, Fisher and Stevens and RBI singles by Andrea Gonzales and Thompson. It would end with Fisher hitting another RBI double to drive in one and then Ackroyd doing the same with an RBI double to center to score Fisher.

UT Tyler finished the game with 12 hits with Stevens, Ackroyd and Gonzales each having three RBI in the game.

Gonzales led the Patriots by going 3-for-3 with her three RBI in the game, while Ackroyd was 2-for-2 with her two doubles. Prather went 2-for-2 with two singles and two runs scored. Romero (7-1) secured the win after allowing only one hit and striking out two behind the offensive support. She didn’t walk a batter throughout the game only surrendered a second-inning double. She would force 10 flyouts and two groundouts, including the final out of the game to complete a 1-2-3 fifth inning in the run-shortened game.

UT Tyler finished the doubleheader hitting .375 as a team while limiting the Tigers to an .132 average. The Patriots return to action with a three-game series against Howard Payne starting with a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Friday before the series finales at noon on Saturday at Suddenlink Field.