Friday, May 4, 2018
Austin, Texas | Tornado Field
ASC Championship Tournament
Final: UT-Tyler 10, University of the Ozarks 4
University of the Ozarks (19-19)
The Eagles opened the American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament with a 10-4 loss against UT-Tyler Friday in rainy and wet conditions. The Eagles let an early lead slip away as the Patriots rallied for four runs in the fourth inning and never gave the lead back to the Eagles. Up 6-4 after seven innings, the Patriots added four more runs in the eighth frame to secure the game. The Eagles scored twice in the first inning on back-to-back solo home runs from Breyden Varner and Patrick Clifford. UT-Tyler got one run back in the bottom half of the inning, but the Eagles responded with another run in the top of the second. This time Justin Crider had an RBI on a ground out. After UT-Tyler cut it to 3-2 after three, the Eagles appeared to be in control scoring another run in the fourth on Crider's RBI single up the middle. But UT-Tyler mounted a comeback starting in the bottom half of the inning by scoring four runs. UT-Tyler had three hits and took advantage of one Eagle error in the inning. The Eagles had trouble recovering after that, but did pose a threat in the eighth recording two singles and a walk. However, UT-Tyler was able to strand each runner to end a potential rally. In all, the Eagles posted eight hits, while UT-Tyler had 13.
WP: Ryan Cheatham (W, 6-5) 8.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO
LP: Gyeongju Kim (L, 3-6) 7.2 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 5 BB, 3 SO
Ozarks' Scoring Summary:
Top of 1st Inning
Justin Crider grounded out to p. (1 out)
Rocky Liveoak struck out looking. (2 out)
Breyden Varner homered to left field, RBI.
Patrick Clifford homered to right field, RBI.
Josh Woolly grounded out to 3b. (3 out)
Top of 2nd Inning
Sam Swartz walked.
Patrick Mixon reached first on a fielding error by rf; Sam Swartz advanced to second.
Fielder Dufrene reached first on a throwing error by 3b; Patrick Mixon advanced to second; Sam Swartz advanced to third.
Bryce Elder struck out swinging. (1 out)
Justin Crider out at first 1b to p, RBI; Fielder Dufrene advanced to second; Patrick Mixon advanced to third; Sam Swartz scored, unearned.
Rocky Liveoak struck out looking. (3 out)
Top of 4th Inning
Fielder Dufrene singled up the middle.
Bryce Elder out at first p to 2b, SAC, bunt; Fielder Dufrene advanced to second. (1 out)
Justin Crider singled up the middle, RBI; Fielder Dufrene scored.
Rocky Liveoak grounded into double play 3b to 2b to 1b; Justin Crider out on the play. (3 out)
It was the first playoff game for the Eagles since the 2009 season.
Senior first baseman Patrick Clifford homered for the 10th time this season.
Rainy conditions kept the field slick throughout the game. However, the grounds crew came out just once to fix the mound, and that came in the ninth.
The Eagles will play either Concordia University Texas or East Texas Baptist University Saturday at 11:00 a.m.