Hitting core shuts down in series loss to Texas State

Jonah Bostick, Sports Editor

The bats went ice-cold in San Marcos, Texas this past weekend, resulting in another series loss for the Warhawks. 

ULM (21-28; 4-14) traveled to Texas State (29-19-1; 9-7-1) for a vital conference series. ULM went into the game on a four-game losing streak in a season that has been derailed in conference play. With only three series left, including the series against the Bobcats, it was time to turn things around. 

In Friday night’s game, the two teams were at a stalemate through two innings. The Bobcats struck first with a solo homer to left field. Texas State added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth with a sacrifice fly and an RBI single to make it 3-0. 

The Warhawks finally drew blood in the top of the sixth with two base hits that scored two runs. However, with a runner in scoring position and a chance to tie, a flyout ended the inning. ULM produced nothing in the top of the seventh, and game one went to the Bobcats. 

Texas State pitcher Jessica Mullins shut down the Warhawks for most of the game. She pitched a complete game with eight strikeouts and four hits allowed. 

The two teams played two games on Saturday for a doubleheader. Game one of the doubleheader started with two bases-loaded walks for the Bobcats, making the score 2-0. Texas State added to its lead in the third with three singles up the middle that scored three runs. Jacelyn Buck homered in the fourth to give the Warhawks their only run of the game. The pitching for the Bobcats didn’t allow anything else, and Texas State clinched the series with a 5-1 win.

Game two followed a different pattern, but the result remained the same. It was the Warhawks who struck first with a solo homer from Andie Edwards in the top of the second inning. The Bobcats responded quickly with a sac-fly that tied the game. Texas State had two key base hits in the fifth and sixth inning to go up 3-1. ULM couldn’t respond and suffered another series sweep. 

In the series, Texas State outhit the Warhawks 25-13 and only trailed for a half inning in game three.

The Warhawks have witnessed their season fall apart. They have now lost seven games in a row, with 16 losses in the last 18 games. 

ULM will host Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday, April 26 at 6 p.m. in a midweek contest.