The 22nd-ranked UT Tyler Patriots baseball team returns to the field tonight to take on American Southwest Conference rival East Texas Baptist, beginning a three-game series.

First pitch from Woods Field in Marshall is set for 6 p.m. The series wraps up with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Patriots (16-6, 3-3 in ASC) are coming off a 2-1 series loss to UT Dallas at home last weekend. UT Tyler took the opener, 6-3, but was swept in a doubleheader, 8-3, 7-3.

ETBU (6-14, 2-1), meanwhile, took two of three at Ozarks last week. 

Tigers sophomore second baseman Chris Abascal is the reigning ASC East Division Hitter of the Week. He hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning to lift ETBU past Ozarks in Game 1 of their series and was 4 for 4 in the series finale. For the season, Abascal is batting .322 with a homer and 10 RBIs.

As a team, the Tigers are batting .258, which is 12th in the conference.

The ETBU pitching staff, which ranks 14th in the ASC in team ERA, is led by Pete Fitzsimmons, who is 3-2 with a 3.14 ERA. He has 38 strikeouts in 43 innings.

The Patriots offense ranks second in the league in batting at .316 and leads the ASC in runs scored. Seven UT Tyler hitters have at least 10 RBIs on the season. 

Senior catcher Hayden Chick is the team’s leading hitter, batting .410. Aaron McCain, a senior shortstop, is batting .365 with a team-high three homers and 25 RBIs. His RBI total is also tied for first in the league.

Jack Barkley, a sophomore right-hander from Athens, leads the UT Tyler pitching staff. He is 6-0 with a 3.62 ERA in 37 1-3 innings. The Patriots’ staff ranks eighth in the ASC in ERA.

NOTES: UT Tyler has won 17 straight against East Texas Baptist. The last loss occurred on March 24, 2006, a 5-4 defeat. ... Following this weekend’s series, UT Tyler returns home to face Ozarks in a three-game series next week.

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ASC Baseball Standings

East Division

                                 Conference                All Games

                                 W    L   Pct.           W    L     Pct.

La. College          3   0   1.000      9   8   .529

UT Dallas             5   1    .833      15   9   .625

ETBU                   2   1    .667      6   14   .300

UT Tyler               3   3    .500      16   6   .727

Miss. College        3   3    .500      10   12   .455

Ozarks                 1   5    .167      7   13    .350

LeTourneau          1   5    .167      7   15    .318

x-Centenary         —   —    —       16    5    .762

West Division

                                     Conference                      All Games

                             W   L   Pct.         W   L      Pct.

McMurry                  6   0   1.000      11   12    .478

Concordia               4   2    .667       18   6     .750

Texas Lutheran       4   2    .667       13    8    .619

Hardin-Simmons      3   3    .500      9   8      .529

MH-Baylor               2   4    .333      11   11   .500

Howard Payne          2   4    .333      9   13   .409

Sul Ross State         2   4    .333      6   18    .250

Schreiner                1   5     .167      4   19   .174

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x-Centenary is a probationary Division III member and ineligible for postseason.

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Tuesday, March 20

UT Dallas 18, McMurry 6

Belhaven 15, Mississippi College 7

Wednesday, March 21

Howard Payne 6, SW Assemblies of God 5

SW Assemblies of God 4, Howard Payne 0

Friday, March 23

LeTourneau at UT Dallas, 2 p.m.

McMurry at Texas Lutheran, 2 p.m.

Schreiner at Howard Payne, 2 p.m.

UT Tyler at East Texas Baptist, 6 p.m.

Louisiana College at Mississippi College, 6 p.m.

Ozarks at Centenary, 6 p.m.

Concordia-Texas at Sul Ross State, 7 p.m.

Mary Hardin-Baylor at Hardin-Simmons, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 24

LeTourneau at UT Dallas (DH), noon

Louisiana College at Mississippi College (DH), noon

McMurry at Texas Lutheran (DH), noon

UT Tyler at East Texas Baptist (DH), 1 p.m.

Ozarks at Centenary (DH), 1 p.m.

Schreiner at Howard Payne (DH), 1 p.m.

Concordia-Texas at Sul Ross State (DH), 1 p.m.

Mary Hardin-Baylor at Hardin-Simmons (DH), 1 p.m.

 

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