2016 NCAA Division III National Champions
REGIONAL CHAMPS!!! @Patriot_sb advances in NCAA tournament
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#2 Texas Lutheran (39-3)
#3 UT Tyler (41-2)
5/13/2018 | Seguin, Texas | Attendance: 570
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Win: Colleen Bentke (23-2) 3.030024
Loss: M. Raycroft (20-1) 0.125410
Lockley (TLU-SB) 523101
Ashley Perez (UTTSB) 312201
Andrea Gonzales (UTTSB) 302200
Dariann Resendez (UTTSB) 302200

Sunday, May 13, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist | wbloomquist@uttyler.edu


SEGUIN – The UT Tyler Patriots are headed back to the NCAA Division III Super Regionals for the fourth straight season after earning a 6-2 win over No. 2 Texas Lutheran in the championship game of the Seguin, Texas Regional on Sunday at Morck Field.

No. 3 UT Tyler (41-2) scored five of its six runs in the first inning, starting with a two-run home run by Ashley Perez and then a two-run single by Andrea Gonzales. The Patriots scored the five runs on five hits against the Bulldogs (39-3) who would match UT Tyler with nine hits in the game, but would also strand 15 runners on base. TLU’s season ended with the Patriots celebrating with a dog pile at the pitcher’s circle, while UT Tyler advances to the NCAA Super Regional round with the opponent and location to be announced.

“Getting the five runs in the first was incredibly important to get momentum on our side,” UT Tyler coach Mike Reed said. “Perez’s swing was big for our momentum. We talk about momentum a lot in games like this. We knew we were going to face some adversity and that we would have to handle it when the stress levels go up. I thought we did a great job with that today by holding their composure.”

UT Tyler junior Colleen Bentke (23-2) earned the win after coming in as a reliever after Whitney Romero went three innings in the start and Miranda Leal threw one inning. The three-pitcher approach worked as TLU would strand the bases loaded in the first, third and fifth innings. Bentke would strike out four in the win, scattering three hits and not allowing a run. Romero, who earned the win in a 3-0 game on Saturday to force Sunday’s game, struck out two and allowed only one run before the team went to the bullpen.

“We just work as a staff that in those situations that we keep the pressure off and get good ground balls for our team,” Bentke said. “We know that they are going to be behind us to make the play every single time.”

Perez led the Patriots by going 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the game, while Andrea Gonzales and Dariann Resendez were also both 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Perez now has 17 home runs which is one shy of the all-time single-season record at UT Tyler and was named the NCAA DIII Seguin Regional MVP for her work during the regional.

Along with Perez earning MVP, the tournament committee selected Bentke, Resendez, Romero and Kailey Henderson were named to the all-tournament team. Henderson’s two-run home run and Romero’s complete-game on Saturday helped lead the Patriots to the third game of the tournament.

The NCAA DIII Super Regional will be announced on Sunday and uttylerpatriots.com will have updates once they are received.

“I’ve been coaching a long time and this group has taught me to coach a different way,” Reed said. “I’ve relaxed and trusted that they’ve got it. They may be a little more silly than I’d like, but they always answer when it’s time. This group is very special and the bond has grown throughout the year.”