2016 NCAA Division III National Champions
RECAP: @Patriot_sb sweeps Lobos in ASC play
Photo by: Lang White
Photo by: Lang White
SRU (8-5)
#3 UT Tyler (11-1)
3/11/2018 | Tyler, Texas | Attendance: 233
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Win: Colleen Bentke (6-1) 4.120005
Loss: Jennifer Flores (2-1) 4.034435
Jav'ana Gonzales (SRU) 301000
Zuriah Leyva (SRU) 301000
Hailey Guillen (SRU) 201000
Ashley Perez (UTTSB) 402200
Andrea Gonzales (UTTSB) 302100

Sunday, March 11, 2018
by Patrick Cunningham

TYLER – The No. 3-ranked UT Tyler softball team defeated Sul Ross 8-0 in six innings on Sunday afternoon at Suddenlink Field to complete a three-game sweep of the Lobos.

The Patriots (11-1, 8-1 ASC) completed the series outscoring the Lobos (8-5, 6-3) by a 25-2 margin over the weekend.

“Anytime in this conference as tough as it is that you can get a three-game sweep is big,” UT Tyler coach Mike Reed said. “I was proud of the girls for that.”

UT Tyler freshman Ashley Perez had another good day at the plate going 2-for-4 with two RBIs, including getting the scoring going for the Patriots with a single up in the middle in the first to score Nicole Garcia.

“I just went up there and I knew I had my team behind me,” Perez said. “I knew our pitching would be great so I knew I could go out strong.”

Andrea Gonzales extended the lead with a sacrifice fly to score her sister Victoria and was followed by Lynsey Mitchell who made it a 3-0 lead with a single down the line in right to score pinch runner Shea Smith.

The Lobos then held the Patriots without a hit for four consecutive innings, but that didn’t stop them for being opportunistic in the fourth inning where UT Tyler plated a run thanks to two walks, a sacrifice bunt, a wild pitch and a passed ball.

UT Tyler pushed across two more runs in the fifth with RBI singles by Courtney Fisher and Kailey Henderson to make it 6-0 after five innings. Henderson ended a solid weekend with her fourth RBI of the series. In the sixth, the Patriots added two more runs to end the game on mercy rule. Nicole Garcia scored on a single by Ashley Perez. Theresa Gonzales would end the game on a sacrifice fly to right that scored Victoria Gonzales.

UT Tyler junior Colleen Bentke (6-1) got her second win of the series with Miranda Leal coming for relief work as they combined for a shutout. Bentke finished with five strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings and only allowed two hits.  

It was the fourth win of the week for the Patriots, but they will not have a lot of time to rest. They will be facing Concordia in a conference series with the opener at 6 p.m. on Tuesday before a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday. The series is being made after being postponed in February due to inclement weather and poor field conditions.

“With all the games coming up because of rain I just told the girls you're not going to wake up and feel great,” Reed said. “It’s just not that time of year. I told them we are going to have to push through and show some grit.”