Patriots come up short in opener, 5-2


The dedication of the new Bob and Mary Irwin Baseball Field Scoreboard is scheduled for today at UT Tyler.

At 12:45 p.m. the scoreboard will be officially unveiled with the Irwins scheduled to attend. The first game of UT Tyler’s baseball doubleheader against Hardin-Simmons will start at 1 p.m.

On Friday, the Patriots (2-2) dropped a 5-2 decision to Hardin-Simmons (3-2) at Irwin Field.

Kevan House had a solo home for UT Tyler and Billy Lirely added a triple and RBI. Cayden Cunniff and T.J. Martin had two hits apiece, while Sam Lane contributed a single.

Leading the Cowboys with two hits and an RBI each were Chris Matthews, Jon Finney and Marcus Uechi. Colson Craddick had two hits and Troy Nicholson had two RBIs with a single. Matthews had a double.

Jordan Dotson got the win on the mound, striking out five. Chance Cotton (1-1) took the loss, striking out six.

The Irwins were honored as the 2004 Patriots of the Year for their enduring contributions to the advancement of UT Tyler, Dr. Rodney Mabry, UT Tyler president, said.

They contributed $1.2 million toward the construction of the softball and baseball fields, with the latter bearing their name, Irwin Field.

A former semi-professional baseball player, Irwin has supported UT Tyler since the 1980s.

“For decades, Bob Irwin’s charitable giving has aided countless worthwhile causes, while he quietly remained in the background. Bob’s success never overshadowed his compassion to help those in need,” Dr. Mabry said.

Mrs. Irwin displays a contagious enthusiasm for UT Tyler, he added. She was a member of the university’s administrative staff for 10 years, serving as vice president for university advancement from 2001 to 2003.

Following today’s games, the Patriots will travel to Longview on Tuesday to play LeTourneau. The game has a 6 p.m. start.

PATRIOT POINTS: It will be $1 hot dog day on Saturday. …It is Double Patriot Nation points for students who are members of Patriot Nation.