(Seguin) - Sixteenth-ranked University of Texas at Tyler snapped Texas Lutheran’s season opening nine-game winning streak and completed a three-game series sweep of the Bulldogs with an 11-4 win on Friday followed by 4-1 and 7-6 victories Saturday at TLU's Katt-Isbel Field.
In the series opener on Friday, the Patriots scored three runs in the second and broke the game open with a run in the seventh and five runs in the eighth.
UT Tyler's Alex Bishop drove in three, and Blake Wilson added three hits and two RBI. Bowie Farris registered three hits and also drove in three.
Patriots' starter Ryan Cheatham (1-1) went seven shutout innings, struck out four and walked two. He allowed just three hits.
TLU rallied for four runs in the ninth. Tyler Cauley had an RBI double, and Trey Albaugh, Eric Rabinowitz and Cameron Wilson each delivered RBI.
Riley Schaefer was the only Bulldog with multiple hits. Schaefer, the senior center fielder, went 2-for-5.
Saturday, Max Page tossed a complete-game, three-hitter for the Patriots in the opener, and Jared Pauley's RBI groundout in the ninth proved to be the game-winner in the late contest.
The sweep improved UT Tyler to 7-3 overall. TLU dropped to 9-3.
TLU rallied late in Saturday's second contest. Trailing 6-2 in the eighth, the Bulldogs received an RBI double from Thomas Varner, an RBI single from Tyler Cauley, and a game-tying, two-run home run from Chad Curtis.
In the top of the ninth, UT Tyler loaded the bases on three straight hits. Pauley brought home the winning run with a ground ball to first.
Sam Sitton (2-0) notched the win for the Patriots in the late game, and Graham Welch stranded a pair of Bulldogs in the ninth to get his second save of the year.
Page (1-1) struck out eight in the 4-1 win. He walked one and surrendered just three singles.
Eric Rabinowitz had the lone RBI for TLU in the early game.
Nathan Malinovsky started the first game Saturday and did not allow an earned run in six innings. The Bulldogs made three errors in the Patriots' four-run second inning.
The second inning was the big inning for the Patriots all series. In the second innings, UT Tyler scored three runs on Friday, four runs in the first game Saturday, and three runs in the second game Saturday.
The Bulldogs continue their non-conference schedule this Friday and Saturday with a three-game home series against McMurry University.