DALLAS, TEXAS – A tied game heading into the bottom of the fifth, host Dallas Baptist posted five runs, highlighted by a grand slam, in that fifth inning to gain some breathing room and hand the ULM baseball team a 12-4 loss in the series finale on Sunday afternoon in Dallas.
FINAL SCORE: Dallas Baptist 12, ULM 4
LOCATION: Horner Ballpark / Dallas, Texas
RECORDS: ULM (1-2, 0-0 SBC)
Dallas Baptist (2-1, 0-0 OVC)
-After ULM tied the score on an RBI groundout in the top of the fifth, Dallas Baptist answered by sending 10 men to the plate in the bottom of the frame. The big hit of the inning came off the bat of Austin Listi, who connected on a grand slam to give Dallas Baptist a lead it would not give up.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Dallas Baptist plated two runs in both the first and second innings, but ULM starter Chase Beal was able to work out of jams and strand runners in each frame.
-The Warhawks cut into the lead in the top of the second inning when Spencer Hemphill led off the inning with a double and later scored on Brian Barefoot’s sacrifice fly to get ULM on the board before a two-run third frame brought the score within one. In the third, Nate Reynolds opened the inning with a double to right-center field before scoring on Johnny DeLaCruz’s RBI single. ULM’s second run of the inning came when Chad Bell walked and scored on Turner Francis’ groundout.
-ULM tied the game in the top of the fifth when DeLaCruz singled, stole second and scored on Francis’ second RBI groundout of the afternoon before Dallas Baptist responded with the five run bottom of the fifth. The hosts added two runs in the seventh and a final run in the eighth to close the night.
-Cade Harper led the ULM offense with a 3-for-4 night with three singles in his first start of the season, while DeLaCruz finished with two hits. Anthony Herrera, Reynolds and Hemphill each had one hit.
-Francis (0-4) had two RBI, while DeLaCruz and Barefoot each drove in a run.
-Matthew Reeves was saddled with the loss after being tabbed for all five runs (three earned) in 1/3-plus of an inning out of the bullpen.
-Warhawk starter Chase Beal did not factor in the decision after allowing four runs on six hits in the first four innings while striking out seven batters in his ULM debut.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
-After the opening series, Harper leads the team with a .800 batting average (three hits Sunday, pinch hit single Saturday).
-DeLaCruz finished the first weekend with a team-high five hits, while Chad Bell has a team-high two doubles. Herrera has the Warhawks’ lone home run (Friday night).
-Beal’s seven strikeouts are a team-high after the opening weekend, followed by Kyle Backofen’s five strikeouts in relief on Friday night.
-The Warhawks return home for a four-game homestand beginning on Tuesday night when they welcome McNeese to town for 6:00 p.m. first pitch at Warhawk Field. ULM then hosts Southern Illinois in a weekend series beginning on Friday night.
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