No. 3 UT Tyler sweeps LeTourneau, Cronin sets career hits record
TYLER, Texas -- No. 3 UT Tyler continued its offensive onslaught, winning 8-0, 15-0 against American Southwest Conference opponent LeTourneau on Saturday. In the sweep, senior Joey Cronin became the all-time hit leader in program history, notching No. 207 of her career.
Game two was a blowout for the Patriots (17-1, 4-0), who scored 12 runs in the bottom of the third inning, putting the game away early.
In the inning, the Patriots belted nine hits, three of which were home runs, including Joey Cronin's 207th hit of her career, a grand-slam slam to left field, which put her one ahead of Lindsey Peters who finished with 206 hits in her career.
The homerun was Cronin's 26th of her career, which ranks third all-time, while the RBIs moved her into third-place all-time with 134 and counting.
Teammate Raven Rodriguez also had a big inning, knocking in three RBIs with a home run of her own, while Brittney Batten led off the inning with a solo-shot, her second of the season.
UT Tyler started the scoring in the first inning, when Heather Abshire tripled down the right field line, scoring Rodriguez, who reached after being hit by a pitch.
The Patriots added two more runs in the second inning with a Rodriguez single that scored Carli Wheeler and Lauren Robenalt, who each reached on singles of their own.
In game two, freshman-hurler Kelsie Batten was solid, moving to 8-0 on the season after going five innings, giving up five hits with five strikeouts.
Game one began the day, with a few less runs the the second game, with the Patriots scoring eight runs during the five innings played.
Abshire started the scoring in the bottom of the first with a double to right, scoring Rodriguez, while Cronin added another RBI of her own on a double to right center, making the score 2-0.
In the second, a throwing error by LeTourneau (15-9, 4-6) allowing Rodriguez to score, making the score 3-0.
The big inning of game one the fourth, with UT Tyler scoring four runs on four hits, including an RBI double by Rachel Howell and a RBI single by Jackie Mendez.
Vanessa Carrizales ended the game in the bottom of the fifth, on a hard-hit double to center field, scoring Robenalt, who reached on a walk.
Abshire was stellar in game one in the circle, pitching five innings, giving up just two hits with three strikeouts.
On the day, Rodriguez scored four runs with five RBIs, while Cronin added five RBIs of her own while going 4-for-5 with four runs scored.