2016 NCAA Division III National Champions
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Photo by: Lang White
Photo by: Lang White
#3 UT Tyler (28-1, 19-1 ASC)
Texas Dallas (19-13, 15-7 ASC)
4/15/2018 | Richardson, Texas | Attendance: 0
UT Tyler34221223200
Texas Dallas212038123
Win: Miranda Leal (3-0) 1.233300
Loss: Stephens (7-5) 2.087611
Nicole Garcia (UTTSB) 553100
Lynsey Mitchell (UTTSB) 333410
Hannah Moore (UTTSB) 423201
Livermore (UTD) 413200

Sunday, April 15, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist | wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

RICHARDSON – The No. 3-ranked UT Tyler softball team started Sunday by scoring the third most runs in program history in a 23-8 win over UT Dallas before an 11-0 series finale victory to extend a 22-game winning streak and continue stacking wins on its American Southwest Conference standings margin.

The Patriots (29-1, 20-1 ASC) have won five straight games by the run-rule and finished the three-game series having outscored the Comets (19-14, 15-9 ASC) by a 45-10 margin in a matchup of the two teams from last year’s ASC Championship final. UT Tyler, which opened the series with an 11-2 win on Saturday, hit .511 as a team in the series including hitting seven home runs. UTT was led by junior Lynsey Mitchell who went 8-for-9 with three home runs and 14 RBIs in the three-game series. Ashley Perez added two home runs and Andrea Gonzales seven RBIs for the Patriots whose program scored 29 runs in a win over Sul Ross back in 2011 and 25 against Schreiner in 2013. This year’s team also scored 20 runs in a win over Howard Payne earlier this season and has now outscored its opponents by a by a 275-41 margin this season.

“I thought they were very disciplined and focused at the plate this weekend which led to the offensive production,” UT Tyler coach Mike Reed said. “I am very proud of them and feel like we are improving each week.” 

 UT Tyler, which scored 12 runs in the fifth inning, finished Sunday’s opener with 20 hits in the 23-run game which is tied for the seventh most in program history in the opener with Nicole Garcia, Lynsey Mitchell and Hannah Moore each having three-hit games for the Patriots. Mitchell and Andrea Gonzales each had four RBIs in the game with Gonzales hitting her first home run of the season and Moore her sixth. Victoria Gonzales was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two doubles, while Ashley Perez had two hits including a double and Mitchell was 3-for-3 with her four RBIs.

Miranda Leal (3-0) received the win with plenty of run support in a 1 2/3 inning relief appearance for starter Whitney Romero who struck out three in 2 1/3 innings. Emily Deramus struck out one in the fifth before the game was called with the Patriots up by 15 after five innings.

In the finale, Mitchell went 3-for-3 with two home runs and six RBIs. A junior from Liberty Hill, Mitchell now has nine home runs as the team’s designated player this season and had multi-homer games for the second straight series after also blasting two homers last week in a sweep of East Texas Baptist. Kursten Jaime went 3-for-3 with two runs scored in the game, while Perez hit her 11th homer of the year and went 3-for-4 for the Patriots who had 15 hits in the game. Nicole Garcia leads the team with a .588 average this season after going 2-for-4 from the leadoff spot in the lineup and Colleen Bentke (15-1) earned the win after striking out five and throwing an overshadowed one-hitter with the Patriot offense exploding for 34 runs in the doubleheader. A junior left-hander from Brenham, Bentke has a minuscule 0.87 ERA with 79 strike outs in 96 2/3 innings in her first season at UT Tyler.

The Patriots will return to action this weekend with a three-game ASC series against Ozarks at Suddenlink Field. The final regular-season home series begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday before a noon doubleheader on Saturday which is Senior Day for Andrea Gonzales, Hannah Moore, Kailey Henderson, Courtney Fisher and Kursten Jaime.