UT Tyler beats TLU 8-1 in Game 1 of national title series

Simon Sedillo pitched a complete game Tuesday in leading UT Tyler’s 8-1 victory over the Texas Lutheran Bulldogs in Game 1 of a best-of-3 series for the NCAA Division III baseball title.

Game 2 is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Tuesday. A third game, if necessary, would be played Wednesday. The tournament is taking place at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wis.

The Patriots scored two runs in the top of the first against TLU starting pitcher Nathan Malinovsky, who left the game after the inning with an apparent throwing arm injury.

In the fourth, UT Tyler broke through against the Bulldogs’ bullpen, scoring five more times for a 7-1 lead. Jared Pauley smashed a two-run double and Josh Burns added a two-run single to highlight the outburst.

The Patriots played a near flawless game. While Sedillo pitched well, the defense also sparkled, turning three double plays. They also stroked 11 hits against three TLU pitchers.

Sedillo worked nine innings and gave up one earned run on six hits. He struck out five and walked none.

From here, it will be an uphill battle for a Texas Lutheran program seeking its first national title in baseball. But it’s not likely that the Bulldogs will go down without a fight.

After all, TLU bounced back from a Saturday night loss to Concordia to win three straight games en route to the Pool B championship.

In each of those games, the opponent scored first before the Bulldogs rebounded to win.


UT Tyler 39-18
Texas Lutheran 42-11

TLU sizzles in DIII World Series debut, defeating Wooster, 7-0

Tyler Cauley slammed a three-run homer in the first inning Friday night, propelling the Texas Lutheran Bulldogs to a 7-0 victory over the College of Wooster (Ohio) at the NCAA Division III World Series.

In TLU’s first ever D-III World Series game, Cauley produced three hits in four at bats for five RBIs to back the pitching of Nathan Malinovsky, who went the distance and shut down the explosive Fighting Scots on four hits.

The Bulldogs started fast, scoring three runs in the first, one in the second and two in the third.

In the process, they knocked out starter Chandler Dippman after four innings and forced the Fighting Scots to use five pitchers on the night. In all, the Bulldogs raked Wooster pitching for 14 hits.

Malinovsky, a junior from New Braunfels, pitched a masterpiece against one of the best offenses in the nation. He struck out nine and walked three in improving his record to 12-1. Dippman took the loss and fell to 8-1.

“Obviously, Nate was pretty awesome tonight,” TLU coach Greg Burnett said in comments posted on the school’s website. “He didn’t walk many guys, and that was important against (Wooster), who puts up a bunch of runs.

“Tyler’s home run in the first inning was big because like a lot of teams we had jitters, and that allowed us to settle down.”


Texas Lutheran 39-9
Wooster 40-9

Friday’s scores

UT Tyler 10, Oswego (New York) 5
Misericordia 4, Randolph Macon 2
Concordia Chicago 9 Swarthmore 4
Texas Lutheran 7, Wooster (Ohio) 0

Saturday’s schedule

Oswego State vs. Randolph Macon, 10 a.m.
UT Tyler vs. Misericordia, 1:15 p.m.
Swarthmore vs. Wooster, 4:30 p.m.
TLU vs. Concordia-Chicago, 7:45 p.m.