Patriots split DH, win series vs. UMHB


BELTON — UT Tyler split a baseball doubleheader with Mary Hardin-Baylor on Saturday at Red Murff Field.

The Patriots won the second game 5-4 after dropping the first contest 3-2. UT Tyler (7-3) won two games in the three-game series.

In Game 2, the big hit came in the top of the sixth inning when Jared Gobert knocked a double into left field, scoring Isaac Tijerina and Derrick Smith, breaking a 2-2 tie and giving the Patriots a 4-2 lead.

T.J. Martin continued his hot hitting, driving in one more insurance run in the sixth on a single to left that scored Gobert.

The insurance run was needed, with the Cru scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

With the score 5-4, Matt Sheppard and Derek Miller came in to shut the door on UMHB, throwing the eighth and ninth innings for the Patriots without allowing a run.

The game started on the right foot for UT Tyler, which scored a run in the first inning off a Kevan House double that scored Martin, making the score 1-0.

UMHB wouldn’t trail for long, scoring two runs in bottom half of the first inning, one on a sacrifice fly by Chase Burrow and the other on a single by Garrett Webb.

The Patriots tied the game in the top of the fourth inning on a William Allen double that scored House from second base.

Pitcher Jack Barkley picked up the win, going six strong innings giving up two earned runs on six hits. House finished with two hits, one RBI and one run.

In Game 1, UT Tyler got the scoring started in the top of the second inning on a RBI single by Tijerina, which scored Martin.

UMHB did all of its damage in the bottom half of the second inning, scoring three runs.

After Jordan Marah allowed one run to score on a bases-loaded walk, designated hitter Zach Whiddon delivered the big hit of the game, a two-run single to centerfield.

The Patriots added a run in the fourth inning on a Jeff Kosta single that scored Derrick Smith, but that would be all UT Tyler could muster.

Over the remaining three innings, UT Tyler loaded the bases once again, but could not manufacture any runs.

Martin continued his hot hitting, going 2 for 2 at the plate while teammate Cayden Cunniff went 2 for 4.

UMHB hurler Chance Ryan picked up his first win of the season, going seven innings with eight strikeouts.

The Patriots host the Clements Fluids Classic March 1-3. UT Tyler meets Austin College on Friday (6 p.m.), Austin College (2 p.m.) and Whitworth (5 p.m.) on Saturday and Whitworth (10 a.m.) on March 3 at Irwin Field.

Patriots host softball home opener today

The UT Tyler softball team opens its home season at UT Tyler Ballpark today.

The Patriots, ranked No. 9 in the nation, take on Trinity in a doubleheader. The first game is set to begin at 1 p.m.

UT Tyler opened the season last week with a sweep of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, winning 5-1 and 8-0.