Patriots pound Pilots, 13-7
March 28, 2006
Shreveport, LA---The University of Texas-Tyler Patriots put up six runs in the first inning off Pilots ace Kevin Jewell Tuesday night at Pilot Field. The Pilots answered with four runs of their own in the bottom of the second inning, but that would be as close as they would come as the Patriots cruised to a 13-7 victory.
Jewell’s troubles began after hitting leadoff hitter Mayan Corioso with an 0-2 curveball. Clay Copeland followed with a walk, and the Patriots loaded the bases with a bloop single to right by Kevin Noles just out of the reach of a diving Tyler Williams. Mario Gallizi delivered an RBI single that scored Corioso and Clay would score after Pilots left fielder Riley Cook bobbled the ground ball. Brett Amyx kept the inning alive with an RBI single to center, and then with two outs, Kendal Fox singled to left field driving in Gallizi and Amyx, giving the Patriots a 6-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second Pilots catcher Brent Lavalee belted a two RBI single to left field that scored Quenton Shamsabody and Tyler Williams who each reached base on a walk. Dustin Bissonnette capped of the Pilots four run inning with an RBI double to right-center field, cutting the Patriots lead to 6-4.
UTT would answer with four runs of their own in the top of the 3rd inning when with two outs they used three walks and three hits off Pilot reliever Tyler Lewis which stretched their lead to 10-4.
The Pilots added single runs in the bottom of the 3rd, 6th, and 8th innings which cut the lead to 10-7, but the Patriots put this one away with three runs of their own in the 9th which was capped off by an RBI double by Amyx which led to the final score of 13-7.
Jewell suffered his first loss of the season after completing just one inning and allowing six runs on five hits. Lavalee led the Pilot offense going 1-2 with two RBI and a run scored. Bissonnette finished 1-3 at the plate with an RBI double, a run scored, and a stolen base.
UTT improved to 17-5 on the year while LSUS dropped to 20-10, but the Pilots will have a chance tie the series at 1-1 as the two teams will square off again tomorrow night in Tyler, TX. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00pm.