No. 3-ranked Texas-Tyler split a Thursday night double-header with No. 11 ranked East Texas Baptist, winning 11-5 in Game 1, but falling 3-2 in the second game. Both teams now have one loss in the American Southwest Conference.
The Patriots (20-2, 7-1) got off to a hot start, going up 8-0 before the Tigers were able to get on the board.
In the first, UT-Tyler scored two on an Ashley Endsley single through the left side, scoring Heather Abshire and Joey Cronin who reached on a double.
The Patriots added three more runs in the fourth inning, when Rachel Howell singled in Lauren Robenalt, making the score 4-0.
After Cronin singled, a throwing error by the shortstop allowed Raven Rodriguez and Kristin Anderson to score, building the lead to 6-0.
UT-Tyler wasn’t done. In the fifth, pinch-hitter Taylor Sells drove in one run, while Howell knocked in two more with a single to right, scoring Carli Wheeler and Brittany Hay.
ETBU (17-3, 5-1) put a scare into UT-Tyler in the fifth inning, scoring five runs on two homeruns, closing the gap to 8-5 with two innings to play.
In the sixth, Cronin and Abshire each reached on a single to begin the inning, when Batten unloaded, knocking a homerun to right-field, giving the Patriots an 11-5 lead.
Abshire would shut the door in the last two innings in the circle, holding on to win Game 1 11-5.
In game two, Alyssa Romero led off the bottom of the first inning with a double, and later scored on a Lacy Liles single, making the score 1-0 after one inning.
The Patriots would answer in the third inning on a Cronin solo homerun, tying the score at 1-1.
In the fourth, UT-Tyler would take a short lead, when Lauren Robenalt would reach on an error, which scored Batten who reached on a walk.
ETBU would answer quickly in its half of the fourth, with Liles blasting a solo homerun of her own, tying the score at 2-2.
The Tigers would score the game-winner in the fifth on a Romero sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Jordan Bullard who was pinch-running for Lauren Gardner who reached on a double to leadoff the inning.
UT-Tyler would be unable to take advantage of a leadoff single by Robenalt in the seventh, falling 3-2 to the Tigers.
On the night, Cronin was excellent, going 5-for-7 with three runs scored, while Robenalt finished with three hits.
In Game 2, Kelsie Batten picked up her first loss of the season, dropping her record to 9-1 on the year.