Abrams’ performance lifts Warhawks in series split

Jonah Bostick, Sports Editor

Strong pitching, timely hits and a late-inning surge resulted in a weekend split for the Warhawks. 

ULM (19-13; 3-2) played host for the first time in conference play when it played Troy (22-9-1; 2-2-1). The Warhawks came into the series with a midweek loss to Southeastern following a series win against Georgia Southern. 

Game one started with two Troy batters walking, but two strikeouts and a groundout put an end to the threat. The Warhawks went three-up and three-down to end the first inning. The Trojans again threatened in the top of the third with a runner 90 feet away on third base. After a run-down, which resulted in being out, Troy again missed out on an opportunity. 

ULM started the scoring in the fourth inning with a Campbell Selman single, which scored Kassidy Giddens. In the bottom of the sixth, the Warhawks added to their lead with Ashlan Ard scoring on a Madison Blount single. ULM held a 2-0 lead going into the seventh. 

“Troy has a great pitching staff, but Selly and Blount came through for us,” head coach Molly Fichtner said. “We have to sustain offense, and we will score. And that’s exactly what happened with those two.” 

After a leadoff walk, a double play combined with a strikeout sealed the win for the Warhawks. 

Victoria Abrams pitched a complete game shutout, throwing four strikeouts and allowing one hit. 

“Victoria did a great job,” Fichtner said. “Any time you can throw a seven-inning shutout, it’s a big deal, especially against an offense like Troy.” 

In Saturday’s game, The Trojans once again left runners on base in the first inning. The Warhawks copied the same result in the bottom of the first with runners on first and second. Troy left two runners stranded in each of the first three innings, while ULM left one runner in each inning. 

Similar to the first game, the scoring started in the fourth inning, but it was the Trojans who struck first this time. Troy put runners on third and second base with one out. A base hit by the Trojans scored a run. A nine-pitch walk loaded the bases, and a double by Taylor McKinney scored three runs to make it a 4-0 game. Kennedy Page hit a bomb to left field to put the Warhawks on the board 4-1. 

Troy responded in the sixth inning, putting two runners on base before a three-run homer made it a 7-1 ballgame. Selman hit a solo shot to left field to make the game 7-2, but it was not enough to overcome the five-run deficit. 

The Warhawks used four pitchers during the game, including Adrianna Chavarria, the only pitcher not allowing any runs.