Daytona Bryden homered and drove in three runs and Austin Jones pitched 5 1/3 innings of effective relief as the UW-Whitewater baseball team defeated the University of Texas-Tyler 8-2 on Saturday for its second NCAA regional win in Sauget, Illinois.
The Warhawks (33-6) totaled 11 hits and held the Patriots scoreless after the fourth inning.
Bryden’s three-run home run gave Whitewater a 3-0 lead in the top of the second. The Warhawks added two runs in the third and another run in the fourth.
Bryden went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and stole a base to tie program records for both career stolen bases (80) and stolen bases in a season (28).
Blake Maddox homered for Texas-Tyler to cut the Patriots’ deficit to 6-2 in the bottom of the fourth.
Whitewater’s Matt Wary scored when Cal Aldridge was hit with a bases-loaded pitch from Texas-Tyler’s Brandon Saddler in the sixth. A few batters later, Connor Schneider scored on a wild pitch to make it 8-2.
Jones struck out five and gave up one earned run in relief of starter Michael Kaska, who was pulled after 2 2/3 innings.
The Warhawks will face fourth-seeded Rhodes (Tenn.) in another regional game today at 10 a.m.
WHITEWATER 8, TEXAS-TYLER 2
Whitewater 032 102 000—8 11 0
Texas-Tyler 001 100 000-2 7 0
Kaska, Jones (3), O’Sullivan (9); Sedillo, Saddler (6), Sitton (6)
Leading hitters—Bryden (W) 2x5, Schrader (W) 2x4, Aldridge (W) 2x4. 2B—Schrader, Aldridge, Doud (W). HR—Bryden, Maddox (TT).
SO—Jones 5, Sedillo 5, Kaska 2, O’Sullivan 2, Saddler 1, Sitton 1. BB—Kaska 3, Sedillo 1, Saddler 1, Jones 1.