LONGVIEW — Issac Tijerina had three hits and three RBIs, Aaron McCain homered, Jack Barkley remained perfect on the mound and No. 22 UT Tyler defeated LeTourneau, 7-2, Friday night in the opener of their three-game series.
The Patriots (26-8, 9-4 in American Southwest Conference) jumped out to a 3-0 lead after three innings, but LeTourneau (13-19, 7-9) cut the deficit to 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh.
UT Tyler responded by scoring a run in the eighth before putting the game away with a three-run ninth.
Barkley (9-0), who’s won nine of his 10 starts on the year, went six innings and allowed a run on six hits. He did not walk or strike out a batter.
Jacob Yanker allowed a run over three innings to pick up his first save of the year.
The two teams resume the series with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. today.
In Marshall, the UT Tyler softball team takes on East Texas Baptist. The first game of the DH is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. On Sunday, the two softball squads are scheduled to play at UT?Tyler Ballpark, with the first game slated for 3 p.m.
No. 22 UT Tyler 7, LeTourneau 2
At Conrad-Vernon Field, Longview
UT Tyler 102 000 013 — 7 11 1
LETU 000 100 100 — 2 7 2
Jack Barkley, Jacob Yanker and Hayden Chick; Travis Norris, Kirby Cantalamessa (8) and Chuck Daugherty.
W – Barkley (9-0). L – Norris (2-7). S – Yanker (1).
2B – UTT: Garrett Machacek. LETU: Caleb Pritchett. HR – UTT: Aaron McCain (third inning, solo). LETU: Matt Leftwich (fourth, solo).
SH – UTT: Machacek, Will Allen. SF – LETU: Nate Tomaszewski.
RECORDS — UT Tyler 26-8 (9-4); LeTourneau 13-19 (7-9).
NEXT UP — UT Tyler at LeTourneau (DH), 1 p.m. today.