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SAN ANTONIO, February 10, 2014-- The UT Tyler baseball team loaded the bases in the top of the ninth inning, but could not plate the tying run, falling 5-3 to No. 6 ranked Trinity. Newcomer Buddy McCoy was solid at the plate, finishing with two hits and two RBIs in the loss.
The drama began in the top of the ninth inning, as UT Tyler (0-3) loaded the bases with no outs.
Sam Lane led off the inning with a single, while Logan Tucker and Reid Coover followed with a hit-by-pitch and walk to load the bases.
With the bases loaded and no outs, McCoy hit into a fielder's choice, with Trinity (3-0) making the out at home plate to keep the score, 5-3.
Patriots' junior Garrett Nelson then came to the plate, grounding into a game-ending double-play.
The game started flawlessly for UT Tyler, scoring two runs in the opening inning, highlighted by McCoy's first RBI of the game on a sacrifice fly.
Trinity's Christian Muscarello allowed the second run to score with an error at short, giving the Patriots the 2-0 lead after one inning played.
The Tigers' Pat Hirschberg cut the UT Tyler-lead to 2-1 with a solo homerun in the second, but the Patriots answered in the third.
With two runners on, senior Billy Lirely singled to center, bringing in Reid Coover to make the score 3-1 UT Tyler.
Trinity scored two runs in the fourth and fifth innings, which would end up being the game-clinching runs.
In the fourth, the Tigers scored two runs, one on a fielder’s-choice and the other on a throwing error, tying the score at 3-3 after four.
Trinity then added the go-ahead run in the fifth on a Chris Bianchi solo-homerun, followed by a sacrifice-fly, making the score 5-3.
After scoring their third run of the game in the third inning, UT Tyler would be unable to plate another run, despite having 10 base runners over the last six innings.
The Patriots will now head back to Tyler for the 2014 home-opener, as they welcome Texas Lutheran to Irwin Field on Friday, February 14, at 6 p.m.
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