The UT Tyler baseball team bounced back from Friday’s loss, sweeping a Saturday doubleheader against Hardin-Simmons at Irwin Field.
The Patriots (4-2) won 5-0 and 5-2. Prior to the games, UT Tyler dedicated the new Bob and Mary Irwin Baseball Field Scoreboard.
For the series, senior T.J. Martin went an impressive 7 for 11 at the plate, with two RBIs.
In game one of the doubleheader, both pitchers were looking strong through five innings, until UT Tyler came to the plate in the bottom of the sixth.
With two outs in the inning, and two men on, Steven Paramore singled to get the scoring started, making it 1-0.
Martin then knocked in two more runs, extending the lead to 3-0 over the Cowboys (3-4).
Isaac Tijerina then knocked in Martin with the big-blast of the game, a deep two-run shot to left-center field, capping off the big Patriots’ sixth inning.
With the first game scheduled for seven innings, closer Derek Miller came in to shut the door in the seventh, striking out two Cowboys hitters to pick up his third save of the season.
In the second game, UT Tyler struck first. After Chris Back was hit by a pitch and stole second, senior William Allen knocked him in with a single.
Allen did more damage in the UT Tyler seventh, hitting a soft liner down the right-field line that just snuck under the glove of the HSU-right fielder, allowing two runs to score, making the score 3-0.
Tijerina capped off the seventh with an RBI single, making the score 4-0.
Hardin-Simmons would not go away quietly, taking advantage of three hits in the eighth inning, highlighted by a Marcus Uechi double, making the score 4-2.
UT Tyler answered back in the eighth, with a Paramore sacrifice fly that scored Tanner Sheets, who reached third on his first triple of the season.
In the ninth, Miller once again came in to shut the door, striking out two on his way to his fourth save of the season.
Pitcher Jack Barkley was tough, going six innings, giving up three hits and striking out three without giving up a run.
In the first game, Jordan Marah was impressive, going six innings, giving up two hits and striking out three batters.
UT Tyler will take on LeTourneau on Tuesday in Longview. Game time is 6 p.m. The game does not count in the American Southwest Conference standings.