The UT Tyler baseball team celebrated Senior Day in fashion, finishing off a three-game sweep of the top-ranked team in the American Southwest Conference, Concordia. On Friday, the Patriots won 1-0, 3-2 in doubleheader action.
In game one, the only run of the game was scored in the third inning, as another senior, Billy Lirely, singled in Buddy McCoy, making the score 1-0 Patriots.
Concordia-Tx (23-10, 17-8) had no answer for Beam, as the Bullard-native allowed just four baserunners.
Lirely and Garrett Nelson led the way with two hits for UT Tyler (13-21, 11-16), while Logan Tucker added one in the win.
For Beam, the victory was his third of the season (3-4), tying him for the team-lead with Michael Blevins.
The series ended with a dramatic game three, as UT Tyler and Concordia battled for nine innings, with the Patriots coming out on top, 3-2.
Concordia's first four batters of game three reached base in the top of the first, scoring a run on a Leissner single, scoring Poindexter.
UT Tyler starter Cason Adams got out of the jam, trailing 1-0 after the top of the first inning.
The Tornados extended their lead to 2-0 in the top of the second, as Poindexter doubled in Swaim to give CTX the 2-0 lead.
In the fifth, Lirely would knock in the first Patriots' run of the game, singling in McCoy, closing the CTX-lead to 2-1.
Ely Whitmire would then tie the game with a single to center, scoring Coover, ending the fifth with a 2-2 tie.
In the eighth, McCoy would deliver the game-winner, a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Spencer Barton to make the score 3-2 Patriots.
Senior Josh Holley would notch his first save of the season, closing out the Tornados in the ninth.
The sweep was the first time this season Concordia has been swept, and also the first time they had lost more than two games in-a-row.
UT Tyler's pitching staff was stellar, giving up just three runs for the series and 12 hits to the top-ranked team in the conference.
The Patriots will hit the road for the final six games of the season, beginning with Howard Payne, April 25-26 in Brownwood.