Strong finishes result in series win for ULM

Jonah Bostick, Sports Editor

A couple of scoring runs in the late innings helped the Warhawks win their first weekend series of the season.

ULM (14-8) traveled down to Thibodaux, Louisiana to take on Nicholls State (13-8) in a series that included a doubleheader on Saturday. 

The Warhawks went into the series winning five out of their last six games, which included a 5-4 win over Abilene Christian Wednesday night. 

In game one, ULM got a pair of hits in the first two innings but left runners stranded on base. In the top of the third inning, two sacrifice bunts allowed Alexis Chavez to score. Nicholls tied the game with an RBI-single in the same inning. 

The two teams remained in a 1-1 ceasefire until the sixth inning. A hit into right field by Madison Blount, along with a fielding error scored Ashlan Ard, and the Warhawks took a 2-1 lead. A single and a bases-loaded walk gave the Warhawks two more runs in the top of the seventh. 

The Colonels responded in the bottom of the inning with a pair of RBI doubles to make it a 4-3 game. With a runner in scoring position and two outs, Gianni Hulett threw the final strikeout to win the game. 

Hulett earned her fifth win of the season pitching 4.2 innings and allowing five hits. 

The first game of Saturday’s doubleheader was a low-scoring affair. ULM compiled six hits but failed to score a run and left five runners on base. A wild pitch in the bottom of the second inning scored the only run of the game for the Colonels, but it was all they needed to take game two. Pitcher Molly Yoo threw a complete game while allowing zero runs and zero walks. 

Game three began with a quick strike by Nicholls with a single to go up 1-0. The Warhawks scored a run in the top of the third to tie the game. A stolen base by Taylor Broddick combined with a single by Andie Edwards gave ULM the lead in the fifth. 

ULM took a 3-1 lead in the top of the sixth with a throwing error by the Colonels. Nicholls narrowed the gap in the bottom of the seventh, but a groundout to shortstop secured the win for the Warhawks. 

ULM has now won seven out of its last nine games and has allowed 2.33 runs per game in that stretch.

The Warhawks travel to Ruston to play in-state rival Louisiana Tech on Tuesday at 6 p.m.