COLUMBUS, Ga. — The UT Tyler Patriots, the No. 3 softball team in the nation, lost their first game of the season on Saturday to No. 8 Illinois Wesleyan in the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association Leadoff Tournament.

The Patriots (11-1) won earlier in the day against Husson (Maine), 3-2, to finish their pool at 3-0.

UT Tyler will return to play today, meeting defending national champion and No. 15-ranked Pacific Lutheran at 6 a.m. (central). The Patriots will also play at 1 p.m.

The Patriots open American Southwest Conference play on Wednesday, hosting Mississippi College at UT Tyler Ballpark.

The first game is slated for 2 p.m.

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