Baseball Sweeps ETBU to Remain Perfect

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TYLER -- Starting pitching carries teams a long way. For the UT Tyler Patriots, it's been the driving force behind a dominant start to the season.

Chad Sherman and Matt Schimpf each tossed complete games, and the seventh-ranked Patriots remained perfect on the year following a doubleheader sweep of East Texas Baptist on Saturday at Irwin Field.

Sherman allowed just three hits in UT Tyler's 4-0 win in the opener. Schimpf surrendered just an unearned run in the nightcap, a 3-1 victory.

The wins pushed the Patriots to 18-0 overall and 3-0 in American Southwest Conference play. UT Tyler stretched its home winning streak to 30 games and has now defeated ETBU (4-13, 0-3) 17 straight times.

"This is the start of the second season and there's a lot of games to be played," said first-year Patriots coach Paul Wyczawski. "I thought ETBU was really a solid club. They pitched it very well and we didn't have a tremendous amount of offense, but enough to win.

"That's a good club that's going to win a bunch of games in our division. We were just real fortunate to come out of here with three this weekend."

UT Tyler, which used just four pitchers in the three-game sweep, lowered its team ERA to 2.07 thanks to Sherman and Schimpf.

"Both guys changed speeds and hit spots and kept the ball down," Wyczawski said. "Really both guys were outstanding today."

Sherman (5-0), who lowered his ERA to 0.77, struck out seven and walked two. Opposing hitters are batting to just .147 against the senior right-hander from Bullard.

Schimpf (3-0), who gave up seven runs and 11 hits in his last start against Texas Lutheran, was a completely different pitcher on Saturday. The senior Arlington native allowed a first-inning run, but breezed through the ETBU lineup from there, finishing with just 93 pitches.

"The start before this everything was a little bit flat," Schimpf said. "I kind of had a little trouble getting loose. Today I felt good; the (velocity) was up a little bit. It was nice to get back to normal."

Sherman and Schimpf combined to induce 14 first-pitch outs.

"I think that was the other team's approach at the plate, to take some first-pitch swings because they know both guys are capable of expanding zones with their pitches," Wyczawski said. "As long as you hit spots and mix things up, and they both did that very well, it's exciting to see them pitch like that."

In the opener, Jordon Vierra brought home a run on a groundout and a squeeze, but Nick Clifton launched a solo homer and T.J. Martin added an RBI single.

Two of the Patriots' three runs in the second game came as a result of wild pitches. The other scored on a single by Vierra.

UT Tyler continues ASC play next weekend at Ozarks. The first game is set for 2 p.m. Friday and the series will end with a doubleheader at noon Saturday.

"We're going to focus on the process and not the end result," Wyczawski said. "Each guy has some individual things that they've got to work on. Collectively as a group, we'll get better as a team."