ULM claims series win in conference opener

Jonah Bostick, Sports Editor

Early runs, errors by the Eagles and a shutout performance led to ULM winning a weekend series. 

On Friday, the Warhawks (18-10; 2-0) traveled to Statesboro, Georgia, to take on Georgia Southern (10-14; 0-2) in their conference opener. 

In game one, the scoring started early for the Warhawks. ULM put up six runs in the second inning with a combination of base hits and throwing errors by the Eagles. 

The Warhawks held a 6-0 lead going into the fourth inning when Georgia Southern produced two runs off an RBI single and groundout to second base that advanced the runners. In the fifth inning, a home run by Courtney Ball closed the gap to three. 

Gianni Hulett entered the game and sealed it for ULM with only two hits allowed and three strikeouts. The Warhawks took game one 6-3. 

Victoria Abrams earned her third win of the season with six strikeouts. Top hitters for the Warhawks included Lourdes Bacon and Kennedy Johnson. Bacon went 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Johnson also got two hits and scored an RBI. 

The second game of the doubleheader featured more of a defensive battle. The Eagles threatened to score in the bottom of the first with runners in scoring position, but a strikeout by Kassidy Giddens got the Warhawks out of trouble. The two teams were at a ceasefire for the first two innings. In the top of the third, Ashlan Ard singled to left field to score Johnson, and the Warhawks got on the board. 

In the fifth inning, Madison Blount stole second, allowing Kennedy Page to steal home on the throw, which gave the Warhawks a 2-0 lead. 

A combined shutout by Hulett, Adrianna Chavarria and Giddens paved the way for the Warhawks to sweep the doubleheader with a 2-0 final mark. 

Kennedy Johnson had the only other hit for the Warhawks in game two. She has a .373 batting average with 28 hits and 12 RBIs in 2023. 

Game three on Saturday was another low-scoring affair. Georgia Southern took the lead in the third inning before a homer by Ard tied the game at 1-1. A two-RBI double in the fifth gave the Eagles a 3-1 lead. ULM couldn’t respond, and it dropped the last game in the series. 

The Warhawks will face Southeastern on Tuesday at 6 p.m. before hosting their conference series against Troy next weekend.