UT Tyler won its fifth straight game on Monday, scoring a 4-1 win over Castleton State at Irwin Field.
The Patriots (6-1) play the Spartans again today, beginning at 4 p.m.
The Patriots found themselves down in the third inning when Castleton State's David Brandt hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Matthew Pause. The RBI gave the Spartans a 1-0 lead.
UT Tyler responded in the next inning when Aaron McCain singled and went to third on Will Allen’s base hit, Hayden Chick then hit into a fielder’s choice that scored McCain to knot the game at 1-1.
The Patriots scored again in the bottom of the fifth inning when TJ Martin singled, advanced to third on a Billy Lirely single, and scored on an error. Lirely scored soon after, thanks to another Spartan error. After five innings, the Patriots were up, 3-1.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Patriots added an insurance run, thanks in part to another Spartan error. Garrett Nelson reached on an error and moved to second on a Chick single. Nelson continued to on a sacrifice bunt by Isaac Tijerina, and finally scored on sacrifice fly by David Ring to bring the score to 4-1.
Chase Willard was the UT Tyler starting pitcher and earned the victory, going seven innings and allowing only three hits and striking out two. Derek Miller finished the game and recorded the save, going two innings and striking out four Spartan batters.