After falling earlier in the day, UT Tyler bounced back to grab the final game of a three-game series with Centenary on Saturday at Irwin Field.
The No. 13 Patriots raced out to a 7-1 lead through six innings to win the third game, 8-5, and take the series. That followed a 6-3 loss in the second game. UT Tyler (25-8) returns to action Tuesday at home against Dallas Christian (6 p.m. first pitch). The Patriots then play host to LeTourneau in a three-game series Friday and Saturday.
Isaac Tijerina finished 3 for 5 with an RBI, a double and three runs to help lead UT Tyler, which scored two runs in each of the first and third innings to take a 4-1 lead.
Kevan House, a Whitehouse High School graduate, went 2 for 4 with an RBI, a double and a run; Sam Lane went 2 for 2 with two runs; T.J. Martin went 2 for 5 with an RBI and Cayden Cunniff finished 2 for 4 with an RBI, a double and a run. Steven Paramore homered for the Patriots, who began a seven-game home stand this weekend before returning to the road April 19 at Louisiana College.
Centenary's Tyler Clakley, a Chapel Hill graduate who also played at UT Tyler and Tyler Junior College, went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI. Teammate Christian Sebastien finished 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs.
UT Tyler pitcher Jack Barkley earned the victory in 6 1/3 innings of work, allowing four runs (all earned) on eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
UT Tyler, which beat Centenary 7-4 in the series opener Friday, couldn't get its bats going against Gents pitcher Cole Thompson and was limited to six hits. The Patriots scored twice in the sixth to pull within 5-3, but Centenary increased the advantage back to three in the top of the ninth.
Thompson pitched a complete game, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.
UT Tyler's Jordan Marah took the loss in 5 1/3 innings of work, giving up four runs (all earned) on four hits with five strikeouts and five walks. Marah ran into trouble in the sixth, during which Centenary scored three runs on Jemari James' two-RBI single and a fielder's choice.
House finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs to lead UT Tyler, while teammate Sam Lane finished 2 for 3 with two runs. Centenary's Ryan Gaspora went 2 for 4 with a triple, a double and two runs scored.
UT Tyler 8, Centenary 5
Centenary 010 000 310 — 5 10 0
UT Tyler 202 111 10x — 8 14 0
Paul Arecement, Taylor Henry (6) and Ryan Gasporra; Jack Barkley, Jake Beam (7), Matt Sheppard (8), Derek Miller (9) and Cayden Cunniff; W — Barkley; L — Arecement. 2B — C: Tyler Clakley; UTT: Isaac Tijerina, Kevan House, Cayden Cunniff. 3B — C: Nic Parrott. HR — C: Christian Sebastian (seventh inning, one on); UTT: Steven Paramore (fifth, solo).
RECORDS — Centenary 22-9; UT Tyler 25-8.
NEXT UP — Austin College at Centenary, 1 p.m. Saturday; Dallas Christian at UT Tyler, 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Centenary 6, UT Tyler 3
Centenary 000 013 101 — 6 9 1
UT Tyler 000 100 020 — 3 6 1
Cole Thompson and Ryan Gasporra; Jordan Marah, Justin Sheets (6) and Cayden Cunniff; W — Thompson; L — Marah. 2B — C: Gasporra, Jemari James, Parrott; UTT: T.J. Martin. 3B — C: Gasporra.
UT Tyler softball hosts Louisiana College today
The No. 4-ranked UT Tyler Patriot softball team plays host to American Southwest Conference rival Louisiana College today at UT Tyler Ballpark.
The first game of the doubleheader is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
The DH is a makeup of a rainout earlier this season. The Patriots (26-2) lead the ASC East Division with an 11-1 record, while Louisiana College (17-6) is in third place at 9-5. East Texas Baptist (24-6) is second at 12-2.
UT Tyler and LC will play again on Tuesday in Pineville, La.
TJC baseball drop DH to Cisco
CISCO — The Tyler Junior College baseball team dropped a doubleheader to Cisco College on Saturday.
The Wranglers won 7-6 and 8-7. TJC (22-14) returns to action on Monday at Mike Carter Field. The Apaches meet UT Tyler's JV beginning at 6 p.m.