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Mountaineers climb past Warhawks

Tristan McGowen, [email protected]

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The Warhawks were only able to pick up one win this weekend in their home series against Appalachian State, dropping the series 1-2.

Their single win came in the first game of Saturday’s double header.

ULM won in dominant fashion as they shut out the Mountaineers 5-0 to pick up their seventh conference win on the season.

Eight hits from the Warhawks, including a three-run double and a homer from senior infielder Will Daniels, led the way to an easy win. However, the ball wasn’t flying off of their bats the same for the Warhawks in their other two outings of the series.

ULM lost Friday’s game 1-4 and dropped the second game of Saturday’s double-header to the same score.

It seemed like the team ran out of gas heading into the second game of the double-header on Saturday. In the second game, both teams went scoreless through three innings until both teams put one run on the board. App. State would later take over the game in the sixth inning as they posted two runs. To add insult to injury, the Mountaineers scored the lone run in the eighth inning to stretch their lead to four.

Despite ULM’s hot start to the season, their flame has begun to dim out as the season nears the end.

The Warhawks have fallen to the bottom of the pack in the western division of the Sun Belt conference with a regular season record of 18-21, including a 7-11 record in conference play.

One of the Warhawks’ strengths this season has come from their home play.

They boast an impressive 12-6 home record while playing at Warhawk Field this year.

The team also ranks in the top five among the Sun Belt in total runs scored, stolen bases and runs batted in.

Big bats from senior infielder Johnny DeLaCruz and junior infielder Peyton Lacoste have been huge contributions to this year’s squad.  DeLaCruz leads the Warhawks in batting average with a .319 and also holds the top spot for total hits on the year with 45.

Lacoste is responsible for the most runs batted in on ULM’s roster with 30 while being tied for the most homeruns on the team with four long balls to this point.

The two have combined for 48 of the team’s runs batted in and 77 of the team’s total hits.

Their next series starts Friday, April 27, as the Warhawks will look to sweep Coastal Carolina on the road in Spring Brooks Stadium.

With only a few games separating ULM from first place in the division, the Warhawks still have time to turn things around.

With eight of the remaining 15 games coming at home, including two conference series with Georgia State and Troy, the Warhawks will look to continue their home dominance to revamp their season.

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