RICHARDSON — The No. 4-ranked UT Tyler softball team was historic on Saturday at the American Southwest Conference First Pitch tournament, winning 17-11 and 25-0 in a pair of wins Saturday. The Patriots have now one 28 of the last 29 games at the annual tournament.
The Patriots (8-0) started the day with an almost unusual comeback win against a tough Howard Payne team.
UT Tyler went up 4-0 in the first inning, looking to continue the hot offense they have displayed the first six games of the season, but the Yellowjackets fought back.
Howard Payne tied the game in the bottom of the first, highlighted by a Pricilla Patino two-run single, tying the game at 4-4.
In the second, the Yellowjackets scored three more runs, going up 7-4 after two innings played.
UT Tyler pulled closer, scoring two runs in the fourth inning, one on a walk by Brittney Batten and another on an error that scored Lauren Robenalt.
Howard Payne pulled away again, going up 9-6 on a Jessica Morales triple, holding a three-run lead with just three innings to play.
In the sixth, the Patriots drew three walks to start the inning, followed by a Raven Rodriguez RBI-single, making the score 9-7.
The Patriots would score five more runs in the inning, highlighted by a Batten two-run double, giving UT Tyler a 12-9 lead.
Heather Abshire would knock in two runs in the sixth inning, while Vanessa Carrizales would add an RBI in the seventh, clinching the 17-11 win for the Patriots.
In the second game of the day, UT Tyler would score the second-most runs in school history, en route to a dominating 25-0 victory against Schreiner.
Abshire would get the start in the circle for the second-consecutive game, going four innings with no hits, while teammate Alexa Cunningham would go one inning for a combined no-hitter.
Freshman Jackie Mendez finished the game with three hits, three runs scored and two RBI while teammates Carrizales, Brittany Hay, Batten, Ashley Endsley, Rachel Howell, Ashley Webb and Amanda Lopez would finish with two RBI’s each.
15 different UT Tyler-players would finish with a hit in the game, with eight players finishing with at least two hits apiece.