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Patriot Offense Seals Doubleheader Sweep and Series Win for UT Tyler softball

TYLER, Texas—The University of Texas at Tyler Softball (17-2) completed a doubleheader sweep of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (10-11) Saturday afternoon at Suddenlink Field. After dropping the series opener on Friday, the Patriots rebounded with a 7-1 win to begin the afternoon and a 10-4 win to seal the series.
 
After scoring just one run on Friday, the Patriots returned to the scoring ways in early on in Saturday's doubleheader. The scored three runs in the first inning with senior infielder Theresa Gonzales (Elgin, Texas) getting things started with a double that plated the first run of the game. Later in the inning, senior utility Lynsey Mitchell (Liberty Hill, Texas) singled to plate two more and give UT Tyler a 3-0 lead heading into the second inning.
 
Sophomore infielder Mak Dominguez (Austin, Texas) doubled to lead off the second inning and later came around to score on a single senior infielder Victoria Gonzales (Elgin, Texas). Sophomore outfielder Haleigh Swinney(Crosby, Texas) followed Dominguez with a single and later scored on a single by sophomore catcher Ashley Perez(Pflugerville, Texas) The two runs in the second gave the Patriots a 5-0 advantage after two full innings of play.
 
After UMHB trimmed the lead with a run of their own in the third, UT Tyler added two more in the fourth inning to seal their 7-1 victory. The first four batters of the inning reached for the Patriots including back-to-back doubles by Perez and Theresa Gonzales. The second double by Gonzales drove in both runs for her second and third runs-batted-in of the contest.
 
Three Patriots finished the game with multiple hits including Victoria Gonzales, Perez, and Theresa Gonzales. They each had two hits with Theresa Gonzales driving in three runs while Mitchell drove in two more. On the mound, senior left-hander Colleen Bentke (Brenham, Texas) got the start and pitched the first 2.2 innings. She was relieved by junior right-hander Miranda Leal (San Antonio, Texas) who pitched the final 4.2 innings to get the win. She moved to 2-0 on the season after allowing just two hits over 15 batters faced.
 
In game two of the doubleheader, the Patriots again jumped out to an early lead. Senior outfielder Nicole Garcia(Sugar Land, Texas) was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a double by Victoria Gonzales. Both runners came home courtesy of a double by Perez that put UT Tyler ahead, 2-0 after the first.
 
Getting another at-bat in the second inning, Garcia sent a pitch over the right field wall to plate two more runs. After Swinney singled with one out, Garcia launched her third home run of the season to increase their lead. The advantage would be threatened in the top of the third with the Cru trimming the deficit down to a pair with two runs of their own.
 
It was Swinney who got the scoring started in the bottom of the fourth when she reached with a one-out single. Garcia sent her to second base with a sacrifice bunt before another Victoria Gonzales double plated Swinney from second. Victoria Gonzales then managed to come home when Perez followed with a single. The two runs pushed the Patriot advantage back to four runs, 6-2.
 
For good measure, UT Tyler added four insurance runs in the home half of the sixth inning. The first four batters reached safely with Victoria Gonzales driving in the first runs. With the bases loaded, she was hit by a pitch while Theresa Gonzales doubled to plate two more runs later in the inning. A fielder's choice to Dominguez allowed the 10thand final run of the game to come around and score. The six-run lead was too much for the Cru to over come with UT Tyler sweeping the doubleheader and winning the series with a 10-4 victory.
 
Swinney and Perez both fueled the offense with three hits each which included a pair of doubles by Perez. She also drove in three runs to lead the team while Theresa Gonzales closed the weekend with two more RBI's. Junior right-handed pitcher Whitney Romero (Lafayette, Louisiana) moved to 7-0 on the season with the win in the circle. She went 5.2 innings and struck out five batters before being relieved by Leal who pitched the final 1.1 innings to close out the series.
 
The Patriots will hit the road next weekend when they travel to Sul Ross State for a three-game series. Friday will consist of a doubleheader between the two teams beginning at 4 p.m. The series will conclude on Saturday with one game at noon.


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