2016 NCAA Division III National Champions
RECAP: Kissinger leads @Patriot_sb to sweep
#2 UT Tyler (28-2)
Concordia Texas (14-17)
4/1/2017 | Austin, Texas | Attendance: 90
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Win: Alaina Kissinger (15-0) 5.010005
Loss: H. Dennett (1-3) 4.2108732
Kaylee Prather (UTTSB) 323010
K. Coffin (CTXSB17) 201000

Saturday, April 1, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

AUSTIN – Alaina Kissinger lost a perfect game on the last out but got a foul out three pitches later to earn an 8-0 complete-game victory over Concordia on Saturday to secure a three-game American Southwest Conference sweep at the Tornado Softball Field.

Kissinger (15-0) was perfect until an infield single with two outs in the fifth inning in the run-shortened victory for the Patriots who won all three games by an 8-0 margin. UT Tyler (28-2, 19-2 ASC) extended a 12-game winning streak with its three wins in Austin and is now 13-1 away from home this season.

Kaylee Prather took her hitting streak to 13 with a 3-for-3 game for the Patriots and scored two of the eight runs. Prather, a senior from Elysian Fields, is now hitting .538 with 57 hits through 30 games, while KK Stevens has 36 RBI after driving in two on Saturday with her ninth double. Lexi Ackroyd and Alyssa Henry were both 2-for-3 in the win, while Cheyenne Thompson, Mel Hinojosa, Andrea Gonzales and Hannah Moore each had singles. Prather would steal two bases and now leads the Patriots with 23 steals.

Kissinger improved to 59-2 in her career with the win and has 350 career strikeouts after recording five against Concordia. She also earned the win in the first game of the series on Friday where she struck out five and allowed only four hits in seven innings of work. With her weekend dominance, Kissinger now has a 1.41 ERA this season and continues to be the program’s leader with a 1.03 career ERA.

UT Tyler returns to action next weekend with a three-game series against Ozarks starting at 5 p.m. on Friday before a noon doubleheader on Saturday at Suddenlink Field.