UT Tyler freshman Cade Suggs struck out seven in blanking Ozarks 3-0 on Saturday in an American Southwest Conference baseball game at Irwin Field.
It was the third straight shutout for the Patriots as they raise their record to 7-8 on the season and 5-4 in ASC play. On Friday, UT Tyler shutout the Eagles 6-0 and 3-0.
Suggs, a 6-2 southpaw who was a standout at East Texas Christian Academy, would get all the support he needed in the first inning, as Buddy McCoy knocked in two runs with a single to center.
The offense produced one more run in the seventh, as Dillon Berry reached on an Ozarks (3-10, 1-8) error, and Logan Tucker scored on a throwing error.
Ozarks reached second base just twice in the game, as Suggs and the defense continued the air-tight play.
Reid Coover continued his impressive weekend, picking up two hits out of the Patriots’ six hits.
Others adding hits were Sam Lane, Warren Neely and Kevan House.
House and Berry each had stolen bases. Freddy Prince led the Eagles with three hits.
The three shutouts in-a-row set a new mark for UT Tyler as the most games in-a-row without giving up a run.
UT Tyler is now six shutouts away from the most in a season, set by the 2008 squad. The Patriots will play again on Tuesday, against non-conference opponent Belhaven at 2:30 p.m. at Irwin Field.
UT Tyler 3, Ozarks 0
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Andrew Beck, Tyler Erickson (5) and Sam Shook, Taylor Parker (5). Cade Suggs and Warren Neely.
W – Suggs (1-0), L – Beck.
SB – UT Tyler: Kevan House, Dillon Berry.
RECORDS — Ozarks 3-10 (1-8), UT Tyler 7-8 (5-4).
NEXT UP — Sul Ross State at Ozarks, 2 p.m. Friday; Belhaven at UT Tyler, 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Patriots’ Mendez, Hinojosa Deliver in win
Jackie Mendez and Melissa Hinojosa had three RBIs apiece as the No. 9-ranked UT Tyler softball team defeated Howard Payne 12-1 on Saturday in an American Southwest Conference game at UT Tyler Ballpark.
The Patriots (14-1, 11-1) blasted 14 hits as they swept the series with the Yellow Jackets. Vanessa Carrizales and Hinojosa each had three hits for the Patriots, while Whitney Burt and Mendez had two hits apiece.
Mendez had a double and a home run, while one of Hinojosa’s hits was a home run.
Lauren Robenalt had two RBIs, while Carrizales, Kierin Stevens and Raven Rodriguez all had RBIs.
Others adding hits were Robenalt, Stevens, Lexi Ackroyd and Shelby Shelton.
Burt, Carrizales and Ackroyd each had doubles, while Robenault had a stolen base.
Kelsie Batten (7-1) got the win in the circle, allowing just three hits in five innings of work.
The Patriots return to play Friday in Belton against Mary Hardin-Baylor. The first game of the doubleheader is scheduled for 5 p.m.
No. 9 UT Tyler 12, Howard Payne 1
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Tayler Rushing and Pricilla Patino. Kelsie Batten and Kierin Stevens.
W – Batten (7-1), L – Rushing.
2B – UT Tyler: Whitney Burt, Vanessa Carrizales, Jackie Mendez, Lexi Ackroyd.
HR – UT Tyler: Mendez (fourth, one on). Melissa Hinojosa (fourth, solo).
RECORDS — Howard Payne 2-14 (1-11), UT Tyler 14-1 (11-1).
NEXT UP — UT Dallas at Howard Payne, 2 p.m. Thursday; UT Tyler at Mary Hardin-Baylor, 5 p.m. Friday (DH).
TJC baseball back on the diamond today vs. Ranger
The Tyler Junior College baseball team returns to action today against Ranger College at Mike Carter Field.
The teams will tangle beginning at 3 p.m., completing a suspended game from Wednesday. The teams were tied 4-4 in the 11th inning when the contest was suspended. After the completion of that game, the teams will play a single nine-inning game. The scheduled second game will be played at a later date.
The games were originally scheduled for Saturday, but wet field conditions forced the postponement until today.
The Apaches (9-6) will play host to Angelina College on Monday with the first game scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.