ULM evens last ever SBC series with UTA

Jonah Bostick

Coming off a 3-1 week, the ULM baseball team went into last week hoping to continue their momentum as Sun Belt Conference play grew more intense. However, the Warhawks failed to do so by dropping two out of three games after a week of play that included a nonconference matchup against Louisiana State.

Last Tuesday night, the Warhawks faced off against SEC powerhouse LSU in Baton Rouge. 

The game started off well for ULM as Mason Holt smoked a leadoff homer in the first inning and the Warhawks gained a 1-0 lead. 

But LSU responded quickly with six runs scored in the bottom of the first inning. With the addition of a home run in the third inning the Tigers held a 7-1 lead. 

LSU made it clear that ULM’s pitching would be picked apart. 

ULM played 10 different pitchers through the match with none making a difference.

In the top of the fourth the Warhawks scored three runs including another home run by Holt to make the score 7-4 in favor of the Tigers. 

Holt’s final stat line was 2-for-5 at the plate with two home runs and three RBI. 

The Tigers ultimately put the game away in the late innings with an entourage of runs on the Warhawk bullpen. ULM lost the game in a 15-4 blowout. 

ULM looked to recover on Friday night as they headed to Arlington to play the UTA Mavericks in conference play for the final time. 

ULM once again failed to perform in the first inning as the Mavericks were able to score three runs. A scoring drought lasted until the fifth inning when UTA would put up two more runs to go up 5-0. 

In the top of the seventh, Travis Washburn hit a 2-RBI single to make the score 5-2.

 The Warhawks could do nothing except drop the first game of the series. 

Ace pitcher Cam Barlow collected his second loss of the season, but he threw three scoreless in between the first and fifth innings. 

The final score of 5-2 saw its way back to the scoreboard on Saturday, but this time for a different team. The Warhawks scored an insurance run in the seventh and would mirror Friday’s score 5-2 in a victory.

The Mavericks once again jumped to an early lead by scoring two runs in the second inning. ULM responded in the next two innings with four runs including another home run by Holt in the third inning and three runs scored off a throwing error and a wild pitch in the fourth inning.