GRAMBLING, La. – ULM used a three-run top of the sixth inning to grab the lead for good on Tuesday night as the Warhawks earned a 4-3 victory from Grambling in midweek action. ULM finished with four extra-base hits in the win, all coming in the top of the sixth frame.
FINAL SCORE: ULM 4, Grambling 3
Location: Wilbert Ellis Field at R.W.E Jones Park / Grambling, La.
Teams: ULM (11-27, 5-10 SBC)
Grambling (14-22, 10-8 SWAC)
-After Grambling loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth, ULM reliever Tyler Schwaner forced a shallow fly ball into left field and a pop up to second base to end the threat and keep the Warhawks’ 4-3 advantage intact in what was Grambling’s final threat of the night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-ULM plated the first run of the night in the top of the fourth when Anthony Herrera led off the frame with a single and stole second before scoring on a hit and run RBI single off the bat of Turner Francis.
-Grambling knotted the game up in the bottom of the fourth with a RBI double from Daniel Barnett after Marshawn Taylor began the frame with a leadoff single of his own.
-The hosts posted two runs in the bottom of the fifth, first via a solo home run from Nick Wheeler before an RBI single from Taylor pushed Grambling to a 3-1 advantage.
-ULM responded with three runs in the top of the sixth on four hits, all for extra bases, as Cade Stone opened the inning with a solo homer to right center field before RBI doubles from Chad Bell and Tyler Cox pushed the Warhawks ahead.
-After Schwaner worked out of the sixth, the ULM bullpen sat down the final nine Grambling batters in order to close the night.
-Herrera and Francis each finished with two hit nights for the Warhawks in the win, while Stone, Bell and Cox each had a hit and RBI. Johnny DeLaCruz and Brian Barefoot added the other two ULM hits.
-Warhawk starter Kyle Backofen earned his first collegiate win, tossing five innings and allowing three runs on five hits with five strikeouts, while Schwaner allowed just one hit in his two innings of work before Herrera earned his sixth save of the season with two perfect innings and three strikeouts.
-Marshawn Taylor finished with three of Grambling’s six hits, while Devin Washington was saddled with the loss after allowing two runs in 1/3 of an inning of work out of the bullpen.
-Following Tuesday’s game, ULM welcomes UT Arlington to town as part of a Sun Belt Conference three-game weekend series. Friday’s series opener is slated for a 6:00 p.m. first pitch before day games on Saturday (2:00 p.m.) and Sunday (1:00 p.m.) afternoons.
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