Softball hits hard in Houston Classic

The ULM softball team started off their campaign at the Houston Classic with two games against notable rosters in that of Wisconsin and Princeton University.

While the Warhawks couldn’t edge out some runs against Wisconsin and lost 5-2, the ladies were able to find their swings against Princeton in a 12-6 route against the Tigers.

After the game, head coach Corey Lyon was pleased with how his ladies came together and regrouped after the first game against Wisconsin.

“I’m really proud of the way the team bounced back in game two and put up a big number against Princeton,” Lyon said. “That’s a good win against a team that played in the NCAA Tournament a year ago.”

Early in the game against Princeton, the Warhawks found themselves in a hole down a run, but after a strong push in the second inning, they found themselves back up by five runs.

While the offense may have been the highlight for the game, in the circle, Melanie Coyne continued her strong performance that she has had all season. Coyne only allowed one hit through three innings only after exiting due to a coach’s decision.

Coming in for relief of Coyne was Jessie Watts who pitched two and two-thirds innings off zero-earned runs.

“Melanie was good in the circle. We played good defense and finally got the bats going,” Lyon said.

In the game against Princeton, the Warhawks were hitting on all cylinders as the team shared a total of 14 hits with three of those coming from leadoff batter Sydney McKay.

After the team finishes up the Houston Classic, they will travel to Central Arkansas and Arlington, Texas before coming back home to face Incarnate Word on March 15 at 5 p.m. The softball team will then have a four game home stand as they host the Georgia Southern Eagles later that week.