STATESBORO, Ga. – The ULM baseball team used early offense to take control of the game and held on late as the Warhawks grabbed a 5-4 victory over Georgia Southern on Saturday to even the team’s weekend series. ULM closer Anthony Herrera notched his fourth save of the season and his 20th career save in the win, tying Mark Wisniewski for the most career saves in program history.
FINAL SCORE: ULM 5, Georgia Southern 4
Location: Jack Stallings Field at J.I. Clements Stadium / Statesboro, Ga.
Teams: ULM (9-19, 4-4 SBC)
Georgia Southern (16-11, 4-4 SBC)
-After Georgia Southern posted two runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the ULM lead to one run, Herrera and the Warhawks got out of the jam and left two runners stranded to end the frame before ULM worked around a leadoff single in the ninth as Herrera struck out the final two batters to secure the win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Georgia Southern took a two-run lead in the bottom of the second inning, using an RBI single to get on the board before adding the second run on a sacrifice fly. The Warhawks responded in the top of the third with three runs, highlighted by a Johnny DeLaCruz two-run double to tie the game before Chad Bell’s RBI single gave ULM the lead.
-The Warhawks added to the lead with single runs in the fourth and fifth frames, first on Nate Reynolds’ RBI single in the top of the fourth before Turner Francis pushed the advantage to 5-2 with his RBI single in the top of the fifth.
-Georgia Southern loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth before ULM starter Chase Beal struck out Logan Baldwin to end the threat. The hosts cut into the ULM lead in the bottom of the seventh with a pair of RBI singles before the Warhawks were able to get a groundball to end the frame and strand the bases loaded.
-After a quick eighth inning, Georgia Southern opened the ninth with a single by Steven Curry before a sacrifice bunt pushed the tying run to second base with one out. Herrera then got a pair of pinch hitters to strikeout on check swings to end the night.
-Four players finished with eight of ULM’s nine hits, with DeLaCruz, Bell, Francis and Cade Harper all tallying two hits in the win. DeLaCruz finished with two RBI, both coming from his double, while Harper notched a triple. Nate Reynolds tallied the other ULM hit.
-Warhawk starter Chase Beal (3-2) earned the win, scattering seven hits over his six innings of work while allowing the two runs and one walk with two strikeouts.
-Herrera tossed the final 2 1/3 innings, striking out three batters, on the way to his 20th career save, tying Mark Wisniewsk, who pitched from 1982-1985 on his way to his 20 saves.
-The Warhawks and Eagles will wrap up the series with a 12:00 p.m. CST start in Sunday’s finale. ULM then returns home for home and home midweek series with Northwestern State before hosting South Alabama in SBC action next weekend.
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