East Texas Baptist broke a tie in the ninth inning to defeat UT Tyler 5-4 in an American Southwest Conference matchup on Friday at Irwin Field.
Tigers starter picked up the win with a complete game on 111 pitches. He allowed four hits on nine runs while striking out three and walking none. Patriots reliever Patrick Michon was tagged with the loss, pitching for two innings while allowing one run on two hits, striking out one and walking none.
In the pivotal ninth, ETBU's Zach Compton led things off with a triple deep into right field, his second hit for extra bases on the night. A single by pinch hitter Dylan Bowman brought him in to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead going into the bottom of the ninth.
The Patriots were able to get the tying run to third base but were unable to get him in as three straight fly outs ended the ballgame.
ETBU improved to 5-14 in ASC play while UT Tyler dropped to 8-11. The two teams return to action with a doubleheader today at Irwin Field starting at 1 p.m.
The Tigers were the first on the board with Phillip Windham hitting a single up the middle to score Matt Sullivan. In the second, Jaxon Rader hit a single to center field before stealing second and a ground out moved him to third. He later scored on a throwing error by Patriots' catcher Warren Neely.
ETBU didn't keep the lead for long as the Patriots plated a pair of their own in the third. Back-to-back singles by Sam Lane and Spencer Barton put a pair on for Buddy McCoy, who belted a ball deep to left field to score both runners and tie the game 2-2.
The Tigers took their second lead of the game in the fifth after Compton doubled and scored on a single by Windham.
UT Tyler tied the game again in the sixth. Garrett Nelson and Reid Coover singled before a ground out brought Nelson home.
The Tigers again regained their lead when Compton hopped aboard on a walk and scored on a single by Tyler Bates to make it 4-3.
UT Tyler once again tied the game, bringing McCoy around in the eighth. McCoy hit a towering ball to left field off the wall for a double. He later scored on a sacrifice fly by Coover.