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RECAP: @Patriot_sb opens Seguin Regional with shutout win
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#3 UT Tyler (39-1)
5/11/2018 | Seguin, Texas | Attendance: 260
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Win: Colleen Bentke (22-1) 7.050003
Loss: Jordan Anderson (17-5) 6.063341
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Sabrina Salts (ETBU) 302000
Dariann Resendez (UTTSB) 313100

Friday, May 11, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist | wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

SEGUIN – UT Tyler junior Colleen Bentke threw a complete-game shutout and Dariann Resendez went 3-for-3 with an RBI to help lead the No. 3-ranked Patriots to a 3-0 win over East Texas Baptist in the first game of the NCAA Division III Seguin Regional on Friday at Ed Kruse Stadium – Morck Sofftball Field.

POSTGAME INTERVIEWS

UT Tyler (39-1) extended its winning streak to 32 games and is now 5-0 against the Tigers (33-12) this season and will now play No. 2-ranked Texas Lutheran at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Bulldogs earned a 13-1 win over ETBU in the second game played on Friday to turn the Seguin Regional into a best-of-three series against the Patriots. 

Bentke improved to 22-1 on the season after striking out three and scattering five hits in her first regional appearance of her career, while ETBU’s Jordan Anderson (17-5) took the loss after allowing three earned runs on six hits and four walks. Bentke didn’t walk a single batter in the 12th complete game and ninth shutout of her season and lowed her impressive ERA to 0.96 after shutting the Tigers out for the second straight week.

With a strong wind sweeping down the field, runs were at a minimum on Friday and didn’t come until the fifth inning with two outs where UT Tyler would score two to finally get on the scoreboard. The inning started with Resendez hitting a one-out single to center field and continued to look promising as leadoff hitter Nicole Garcia reached on a bunt single that advanced Resendez to second. In that position, Ashley Perez hit a ball to shortstop that Resendez would race all the way into home for the first run. Perez was safe on the fielder’s choice along with Garcia at second. Andrea Gonzales was hit by a pitch to load the bases and the Patriots would score their second run of the game when Lynsey Mitchell drew a walk.

UT Tyler added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth with Makayla Dominguez doubling to right-center and scoring on a Resendez single. Bentke would strike out two in the seventh before a flyout to left field ended the game.

Resendez, who entered the game in the third inning, went 3-for-3 in the game while Garcia was 2-for-3. Resendez had only 12 hits all season coming into the game before her career-best three-hit performance to help spark the Patriot offense against Anderson and the Tigers. UT Tyler finished the game with only sixth hits, including the third double of the season from Dominguez. Garcia has now hit safely in 38 of 40 games and is hitting .346 on the season.

ETBU’s Sabrina Salts led the Tigers by going 2-for-3 in the game, while Linzie Lewis was 1-for-4 with the 14th double of her season.

UT Tyler is now one win from matching the all-time winning streak in program history of 33 games from the 2016 season.