2016 NCAA Division III National Champions
PREVIEW: @Patriot_sb to host Linfield in NCAA DIII Tyler Super Regional
#9 Linfield (39-8)
#3 UT Tyler (41-3)
5/18/2018 | Tyler, Texas | Attendance: 375
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Win: Saylors (24-5) 7.040025
Loss: Colleen Bentke (23-3) 5.053101
Fletcher (LIN) 311000
Oord (LIN) 301000
Allen (LIN) 321000
Stedman (LIN) 301100
Clizer (LIN) 301000
Horita (LIN) 301000
Nicole Garcia (UTTSB) 401000
Victoria Gonzales (UTTSB) 201000
Lynsey Mitchell (UTTSB) 301000
Andrea Gonzales (UTTSB) 301000

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
by Patrick Cunningham

TYLER – The No. 3-ranked UT Tyler Patriots are set to battle against the No. 9 Linfield Wildcats this weekend at the NCAA Division III Tyler, Texas Super Regional with a trip to the Division III National Tournament in Oklahoma City on the line. Game 1 of the best two-out-of-three series will be Friday at Suddenlink Field at 4 p.m. with Game 2 on Saturday at 1 p.m. with an if-necessary game to follow.

UT Tyler comes into the Super Regional having held the No. 3 ranking all season long and are 41-2 overall on the season. They finished as the champions of the American Southwest Conference in the regular season and conference tournament. The Patriots went 26-1 in regular season play and went 3-0 in the ASC tournament with wins over Mary-Hardin Baylor, Concordia, and East Texas Baptist for their fifth conference title.

They faced stiff competition in the Seguin Regional last weekend, but were able to advance to their fourth straight Super Regional. They took an opening round win against No. 15 East Texas Baptist 3-0, but faced elimination when it dropped a 7-2 game against No. 2 Texas Lutheran. All seven runs for Texas Lutheran came in the first inning and it was the first loss for UT Tyler in over two months. With their backs to the wall, the Patriots picked up two elimination wins against Texas Lutheran 3-0 and 6-2, respectively. Freshman catcher Ashley Perez was named tournament MVP for her efforts. On Wednesday, it was announced that Perez, Andrea Gonzales, Lynsey Mitchell, Nicole Garcia, and Victoria Gonzales were all named to the NFCA All-West Region First Team.

UT Tyler comes into the Super Regional leading the nation in team batting average at .404. This not only leads Division III, but all divisions of NCAA softball across the country. The Patriots are the only NCAA team to crack .400 in batting average. Nicole Garcia leads the team in batting average and is currently ranked fifth nationally at .518. The Patriots also boast a great pitching staff with a team ERA of 1.45, which is seventh in the nation.

The Linfield Wildcats enter the Super Regional 38-8 overall and are ranked No. 9 in the country. They were the Northwest Conference regular season and conference tournament champions. In the regular season, the Wildcats went 24-4 in NWC play and rolled through the tournament with wins over Whitworth, Pacific, and George Fox. In the McMinnville Regional, Linfield ran through with wins over Claremont and George Fox before defeating Claremont again in the title game 2-1.

These two squads know each other very well in the postseason and have almost always produced exciting softball. This will be the seventh time in the last eleven years that they will face off against each other. The Patriots and Wildcats have battled in regionals, super regionals, and even as far as the National Tournament.

Overall, UT Tyler holds the series advantage 8-1. They first met in 2008 at a regional hosted in Tyler. In an elimination game, the Patriots took a 6-4 win in nine innings. In fact, the first three times these two teams met they went extras with the Patriots winning all three. The lone Linfield win came back in 2011 when the two teams met twice in the National Tournament in Salem, Virginia. Linfield came into the tournament as the No. 1 team in the country, but the Patriots upset them 4-0 in the second round. However, two days later in an elimination semi-final the Wildcats got revenge winning 7-1. Linfield would go on to win the National Championship.

In 2015, they met in the National Tournament again in the second round, where the Patriots took a 2-1 victory. UT Tyler would finish national runner-up that season behind Tufts University. This will be the first meeting of the squads since they met in the 2016 Super Regional round. Hosted by Tyler, the Patriots took the first two games 7-0 and 2-0, respectively. They would go on to Salem, Virginia where they would win the National Championship for the first time in program history.  

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41-2, 26-1 ASC (Champion)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 11
NCAA Tournament Record: 48-20
National Championships: 1 (2016)
NFCA National Ranking: 3
Advanced from NCAA Seguin Regional





FRIDAY, May 18

GAME ONE:  4 p.m.



GAME TWO: 1 p.m., Saturday

GAME THREE: 3:30 p.m., Saturday








38-8, 24-4 NWC (Co-Champion)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 14
NCAA Tournament Record: 63-27
National Championships: 2 (2007, 2011)
NFCA National Ranking: 9
Advanced from NCAA McMinnville Regional



Coach: Mike Reed (661-142) Coach: Jackson Vaughan (625-159-1)
Tyler, Texas McMinnville, Oregon





The finals will be held May 24-29 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


Campus Map (With Parking):
- Class will be in session during the week.  
- Handicap parking available.


Spectator Policies and Guidelines

ADA Accommodations: Trained guide dogs, signal dogs, or "service animals" are permitted inside athletic venues.

Bag Search: All bags are subject to search upon entry and within athletic venues.

Banners and Signs: Please note:

  • Signs cannot be hung on any surface;
  • Signs cannot obstruct another guest's view;
  • Signs cannot cover existing advertising or signage;
  • Signs must be in good taste;
  • Signs may not be commercial or political in nature;
  • Signs may not be constructed of wood or metal material.

Bottles and Cans: It is prohibited to enter athletic venues with glass bottles or cans. A search may be conducted at the gates to assist in maintaining an absence of these and other prohibited items from entering the stadium.

Cameras/Video Recorders: Hand-held still camera photography is permitted at games for noncommercial personal photography. The use of tripods or video photography of any type is not permitted.

Cellular Phones: Usage of cellular phones is allowed, so long as it does not disturb other fans in the area or interfere with their ability to enjoy the game.

Concession Stands: UT Tyler provides a wide range of food and beverage items for sale at athletic events.

Coolers: Coolers are not allowed inside athletic venues.

Ejection: Law enforcement and game management personnel reserve the right to eject any person whose behavior is unruly or illegal in nature. Game tickets will be collected from those fans without refund and the guest will be escorted from the venue.

First Aid: First aid is available during all events by contact game management personnel.

Lost and Found: Lost and found articles should be taken to the nearest game management staff member. After an event, all found articles will be taken to the athletic department offices. Call (903) 566-7105 for information following an event.

Lost Children/Parents: All lost children should be escorted to the nearest law enforcement and game management staff member. Lost children will then be escorted to the nearest security center. Lost parents should follow the same procedure.

Paging: Paging is permitted in case of medial emergencies only. If a medical emergency arises, contact the game management personnel.

Prohibited and Restricted Items

  • Alcohol; Bottles and Cans; Illegal Drugs; Confetti; Firearms and Weapons; Fireworks; Animals; Horns, whistles, noise makers; Signs, flags, and sticks; Umbrellas; Laser pointers; Food and beverages of any kind; Any container other than soft-sided purses, camera bags, fanny/back packs, and diaper bags less than 12" by 12" by 12"; Any item deemed to be a safety or security hazard.

Radios/Televisions: Radios and televisions are permitted so long as they do not disturb others seated nearby.

Restrooms: Restrooms are located at all venues.

Stadium Emergencies: In the event of a serious emergency, game management staff, law enforcement and fire personnel are available to assist all patrons, including those with disabilities.


UT Tyler Address:
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd.
Tyler, Texas  75799