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#16 UT Dallas (20-8)
#2 UT Tyler (25-2)
3/26/2017 | Tyler, Tx | Attendance: 185
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Win: Miranda Leal (3-1) 5.030012
Loss: Allie Stephens (6-4) 2.144430
Melissa Livermore (UTD) 413100
Kaylee Prather (UTTSB) 423100

Sunday, March 26, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – UT Tyler head coach Mike Reed is one win away from the 600-win milestone in his career after the No. 2-ranked Patriots rolled to a 7-3 win over No. 16 UT Dallas on Sunday to complete an American Southwest Conference sweep at Suddenlink Field.  

The Patriots (25-2, 15-2 ASC) won their ninth straight game and the 599th in Reed’s career by scoring the final four runs of the game after the Comets (20-8, 12-6 ASC) had taken a 3-2 lead in the third inning. Reed will go for his 600th win on Wednesday when the Patriots host Birmingham Southern in a non-conference game before the team plays at Concordia next weekend. Reed is the winningest coach in ASC history, the fourth winningest coach in NCAA Division III history and the third winningest active coach.

“This team has really improved and grown in the last month,” Reed said. “We are getting more and more confidence executing in tight ball games.”

Hannah Moore would tie the game in the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly with Kursten Jaime tagging up to score on a deep flyball to the left-field corner before Mel Hinojosa gave the Patriots the lead by taking a bases-loaded walk in the fifth after KK Stevens had been intentionally walked with Kaylee Prather and Andrea Gonzales on base. The walk brought home Courtney Meier who was pinch running for Gonzales. UT Tyler would put the game away in the sixth inning with Prather, Bianca Van Vlerah and Cheyenne Thompson each hitting RBI singles to give the Patriots the 7-3 lead.

UT Tyler freshman Miranda Leal (3-1) earned the win after coming into the game in the third inning in relief of starter Alaina Kissinger. Leal would strike out two and limit the Comets to three hits over five innings to earn her third win of the season. Kissinger, who earned the win in the opener on Saturday, allowed three runs on four hits in two innings on Sunday in the no-decision.

Prather, who extended a 10-game hitting streak, was 3-for-4 in the game with two runs scored while Thompson had two hits and Van Vlerah and Stevens one each. Stevens blasted her second home run of the series and the ninth of her season to give the Patriots a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Prather now has 51 hits and a .531 batting average through 27 games and Thompson has 34 RBI and Stevens 33 RBI to lead the team.

UT Tyler will host BSC in a one-game matinee before playing a 5 p.m. doubleheader on Friday at Concordia and then a series finale at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 in Austin. The Patriots improved to 15-1 at home with their sweep of the Comets this weekend and are now 44-5 all-time against UTD.