UT Tyler’s Will Allen had a day to remember on and off the field as the Patriots celebrated Senior Day and Military Appreciation Day.
Allen, a shortstop from Arp, hit a walk-off home run to help his team sweep LeTourneau and between games he proposed to girlfriend Emily Tannery. And she said yes.
The No. 13-ranked Patriots scored wins of 1-0 and 2-1 in 10 innings Saturday at Irwin Field.
For the day, Allen was 2 for 5 as the Patriots improve to 29-8 overall and continue to lead the American Southwest Conference East Division with a 12-3 record.
“This feels really good, I felt like I put a good stroke on the ball,” Allen said. “I haven’t been hitting the ball well lately, so hopefully this turns things around.”
LeTourneau fell to 18-15 and 8-10.
In Game 1, the Patriots mustered one run, but that was enough as UT Tyler rode the pitching of Jordan Marah, Matt Sheppard and Derek Miller.
Marah (7-2) pitched five innings, striking out six. Sheppard went an inning, striking out one. Miller then got his 13th save of the season as the first game was a seven inning contest.
The Patriots scored their run in the first as Sam Lane led with a double and later scored on an Issac Tijerina groundout.
Jeff Kosta, Derrick Smith and Allen added hits for UT Tyler.
LeTourneau sophomore pitcher Cody Whitley pitched well, allowing just four hits with one strikeout. Jay Lutz had two hits for the Yellowjackets, while Bryce Griffin, Chris Bertram and Dillon Yates added singles.
In game two, pitching was once again the name of the game, with both Jack Barkley and Curt Copeland throwing gems.
The Yellow Jackets scored first on a Rhett Bohannon single in the sixth.
Copeland had the Patriots’ number until the bottom of the eighth, when Tijerina singled to center field, scoring Billy Lirely to tie the game at 1-1.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the 10th as Allen hit a bomb to left field as the Patriots swept the three-game series.
Steven Paramore had two hits for the Patriots, while Lirely, Kosta, Tijerina, Kevan House and T.J. Martin added hits.
Griffin had two hits for LeTourneau, while Bertram, Yates, Lutz and Dustin Varnado.
UT Tyler will close out the regular season with a showdown with Louisiana College, which could determine the champion of the American Southwest Conference East Division.
The series begins Friday at 6 p.m. in Pineville, La.