Warhawks drop series in forgettable trip

Jonah Bostick, Sports Editor

It was a disastrous weekend for the Warhawks in Statesboro, Georgia. The series was capped off by a horrific 35-8 blowout in game two. 

ULM (15-28; 5-14) traveled on the road this past weekend to take on Georgia Southern (22-21; 12-8). It went into the weekend with a three-game losing streak. The Eagles came in off a series win versus Marshall last weekend. 

Friday night’s game started off with a bang for the Warhawks with a three-run blast into right-center field by Riley Davis, which put them up 3-0. The two teams stayed deadlocked with the score into the fourth inning. In the bottom of the fourth, a sacrifice fly put the Eagles on the board and narrowed the lead to two runs. 

The Warhawks responded accordingly with a Jake Haggard single to score Kade Dupont. Travis Washburn then hit a homer down the right-field line to put the Warhawks up 6-1. The Georgia Southern bats were kept at bay by Cam Barlow, who threw for six innings and struck out four batters. 

The Eagles jumped Barlow in the bottom of the sixth with a three-run homer to make it a 6-4 game. Georgia Southern tacked on one more in the bottom of the seventh to close the gap to one run. The Warhawks had a chance to add more runs in the top of the eighth, but they ended up stranding two baserunners.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Eagles were down to their final out after two strikeouts. After a four-pitch walk, a fielding error allowed Georgia Southern to have the winning run on first base. The error was one of three errors committed by the Warhawks in game one. One swing of the bat by Noah Ledford ended the night, and the Warhawks lost a heartbreaker 8-6. Relief pitcher Nicholas Judice was charged with the loss. 

The Eagles wasted no time getting on the scoreboard on Saturday. Georgia Southern scored runs in every inning outside of the fifth, including eight runs in both the fourth and eighth inning. The fourth inning alone featured four homers from Georgia State, part of the six total home runs hit. 

Most of the scoring was done with base hits, as the Eagles produced 27 total hits in the game. The Warhawks put up eight runs off 14 hits. Jake Haggard hit the only home run of the day in the fifth inning. The losing streak for the Warhawks is extended to five games. 

ULM will try to get back on track next week when it hosts its in-state rival in UL-Lafayette. The game takes place on Friday night at 6 p.m.