UT Tyler’s stellar baseball season came to an end on Friday as the Patriots fell to Concordia-Texas, 5-2, in the NCAA Division III West Regional at Irwin Field.
The Patriots (39-9) matched the single-season wins record but exits the regional after back to back losses to Rhodes College of Memphis, Tennessee and the Tornados of Austin.
The Tornados scored four of their five runs in the second inning on five hits.
Cason Adams (8-1) took the loss for the Patriots after surrendering five earned runs on nine hits. He struck out two in seven innings of work with only two walks.
After Concordia took a 4-0 lead in the second, the Patriots tried to battle back and got within 4-2 with single runs in the fourth and the seventh. The Tornados added a run in the bottom of the seventh for their final score.
UT Tyler scored its first run of the game in the fourth inning with an RBI groundout by Daniel Williams and then made it 4-2 with a run in the seventh on a two-out home run by Trenton Buchhorn.
The Patriots were limited to three hits by CTX starter Matthew Brown (8-2) who struck out two over 7 1/3 innings. Matthew Williams earned the save with 1 2/3 innings of work.
Gunnar Quick, Blake Wilson and Buchhorn had the three hits for the Patriots, with Quick having a fourth-inning single.
UT Tyler won its sixth American Southwest Conference Championship this season and advanced to the seventh regional in program history.
Concordia (28-17) advances to the 2:30 p.m. game on Saturday.
The winner of the regional advances to the NCAA D-III World Series next week in Appleton, Wisconsin.
NCAA Division III Baseball
At Irwin Field
Hosted by UT Tyler
Game 1: No. 6 Rhodes (Tennessee) 7, No. 1 UT Tyler 2
Game 2: No. 2 California Lutheran 6, No. 5 Concordia-Texas 3
Game 3: No. 3 Centenary (Louisiana) 12, No. 4 Linfield (Oregon) 1
Game 4: Concordia-Texas 5, UT Tyler 2, UT Tyler eliminated
Game 5: Rhodes (26-19) vs. Linfield (Oregon) (30-12)
Game 6: Cal Lutheran (32-10) vs. Centenary (Louisiana) (35-8)
Game 7: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 11 a.m.
Game 8: Concordia-Texas (29-17) vs. Game 6 loser, 2:30 p.m.
Game 9: Game 8 winner vs. Game 7 loser, 6 p.m.
Game 10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 9 winner, noon
Game 11: Game 10 winner vs. Game 10 loser, if necessary, TBA