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Texas-Tyler Athletics | March 19, 2014

No. T9 Texas-Tyler takes two from rival No. 6 East Texas Baptist at home

TYLER, Texas -- Texas-Tyler swept a Tuesday night doubleheader against rival East Texas Baptist, winning 6-1, 4-3 to open the series. Junior Whitney Burt had a stellar night, going 2-for-5 at the plate while making two defensive gems in the field.

The Patriots (19-1, 16-1) scored four runs in the second, as three different players recorded RBI, highlighted by Whitney Burt's triple.

Raven Rodriguez got the scoring started by reaching base on an error, after sacrificing pinch-runner Devon Walter who scored on the error. Karley Geiger then knocked in Rodriguez with a single, followed by Lauren Robenalt's RBI hit. Burt then followed with her RBI triple, making the score 4-0 Patriots after two innings played.

UT Tyler added two more runs in the third on a Shelby Shelton RBI single an an error by Tigers' pitcher Shelby Parker. ETBU (17-3, 14-3) scored its lone run of the game in the fourth on a Kaitlyn Hollingshead RBI.

Sophomore pitcher Kelsie Batten recorded her 10th win of the season, pitching a complete game with three strikeouts, allowing just five hits. Robenalt and Vanessa Carrizales each recorded two hits in the Game-1 win.

With the six runs in the first game, the Patriots scored the most runs off of the Tigers so far this season.

Game two was a nailbiter, as UT Tyler scored the winning-run on a walk-off wild pitch by ETBU's Kelly Jo McClendon.

With the game tied 3-3, Robenalt scored the game winner by scoring from third on a wild pitch, McClendon's second of the night. UT Tyler scored first in the game, as Mel Hinojosa singled in Rodriguez, making the score 1-0 Patriots after two.

Rodriguez would get an RBI of her own in the fourth, tripling in Devon Walter, making the score 2-0 against ETBU. The Tigers would roar back in the sixth, scoring three runs, highlighted by a two-run shot by Alyssa Romero, giving ETBU the 3-2 lead.

UT Tyler would answer back in the sixth, as Jackie Mendez would score on McClendon's first wild pitch of the night, tying the score at 3-3. After Patriots' pitcher Alaina Kissnger would hold the Tigers scoreless in the top of the seventh, it would set the stage for the last inning walk-off win.

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