MONROE, La. – Visiting McNeese scored multiple runs in each of the first five innings, and scored in seven innings overall, to hand the ULM baseball team a 32-4 defeat in the Warhawks’ 2017 home opener on Tuesday night.
FINAL SCORE: McNeese 32, ULM 4
LOCATION: Warhawk Field / Monroe, La.
RECORDS: ULM (1-3, 0-0 SBC)
McNeese (4-0, 0-0 SLC)
-McNeese posted four runs and sent 10 batters the plate in the top of the first inning to set the tone for the remainder of the night as the visitors finished the game with 29 hits.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-McNeese scored in each of the first five frames, posting four runs in the first inning, two in the second, six in the third and two in the fourth before notching a 15-run fifth inning. The visitors added two runs in the seventh and a final run in the ninth.
-The Warhawks posted two runs in the bottom of the first inning to temporarily cut into the deficit, as Nate Reynolds opened the frame with an opposite field home run and Johnny DeLaCruz walked and later scored on Spencer Hemphill’s sacrifice fly.
-ULM added a run in the fifth when DeLaCruz singled and scored on Chad Bell’s RBI base hit into right field. The Warhawks’ final run of the night came in the eighth via Blake Buckman’s RBI single to plate Will Daniels, who had also singled earlier in the inning.
-ULM starter Kyle Backofen was saddled with the loss, allowing four runs on two hits and three walks in 2/3 of an inning as seven total Warhawk arms saw action on the mound.
-DeLaCruz and Bell led the ULM offense with two hits each, as Reynolds, Daniels, Buckman, Brady McGehee, Cade Harper and Brian Barefoot each had one hit in the loss.
-The Warhawks continue their four-game homestand this weekend when they host Southern Illinois in a weekend series beginning on Friday night at 6:00 p.m., followed by day games on Saturday (2:00 p.m.) and Sunday (1:00 p.m.) afternoon.
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