Fichtner, team finally play at home, fall short in debut

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They say home is where the heart is. After five weeks on the road, the Warhawks were finally able to play in front of a full crowd in Monroe.

Despite an energetic crowd, softball wasn’t able to get the job done against Appalachian State as ULM lost 3-0 on Friday and 4-2 on Saturday.

The two losses put the Warhawks at 4-21 on the season and 1-4 in Sun Belt play.

“You need great starting pitching, great defense and clutch hitting. We have to have better clutch hitting. You can’t win unless you score,” said Molly Fichtner, head coach.

Freshman Adrianna Chavarria took the starting pitching role for the game on Friday and was solid for six innings. Chavarria only allowed five hits, three runs and recorded three strikeouts.

During the sixth inning, Fichtner made a pitching change and junior Jessie Watts took the mound.

“I thought they were timing [Chavarria] pretty well,” Fichtner said.

Watts looked impressive in her time on the mound and immediately grabbed       two strikeouts.

However, on the batting side, the team couldn’t quite figure things out. The team was 5-for-25 at the plate. Senior Sydney McKay had the best day out of the team. McKay went 2-for-4 at the plate.

The team looked to turn the tide on Saturday and had a better day, but wasn’t able to put the Mountaineers away.

Freshman Murphy Williams started the game for the Warhawks, but lasted only until the fourth inning before she was replaced by Watts.

Williams allowed two hits, two runs and had one strikeout. Watts, again, showed her composure on the mound and gave up three hits and two runs, but grabbed three strikeouts.

Seniors Megan Shaw and Victoria Pederson were able to complete the circuit and scored two runs for ULM.

Junior Jayden Mount also had a great day. Mount went 2-for-4 at the plate with 2 RBIs.

The team, however, only went 6-for-29 at the plate.

ULM played Appalachian State again on Sunday and will stay at home for another couple of weeks.

The Warhawks will take on Central Arkansas on Tuesday before they begin a three-game series against Texas State on Friday.