TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Visiting ULM's attempt to claw back into Saturday's game was negated by host Alabama, who used a three-run sixth inning to hand the Warhawks a 6-2 loss on Saturday in game two of the team's weekend series.
FINAL SCORE: Alabama 6, ULM 2
LOCATION: Sewell-Thomas Stadium / Tuscaloosa, Ala.
RECORDS: ULM (4-7, 0-0 SBC)
Alabama (5-5, 0-0 SEC)
-After ULM had just cut the Alabama lead to one run in the top of the sixth, the hosts responded with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to extend the lead they would not surrender.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Alabama jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the bottom of the second inning, using three doubles and a sacrifice fly to take the 3-0 advantage.
-ULM answered in the top of the fourth inning when Johnny DeLaCruz reached with a two-out single and advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Turner Francis’ single into center field. The Warhawks cut the deficit to one run in the top of the sixth when Casey Oliver singled and later scored on DeLaCruz’s two-out double.
-Alabama extended the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth with three runs on three hits, highlighted by a two-run double by Sam Finnerty.
- Francis finished 3-for-4 in the loss, while DeLaCruz notched two hits of his own as ULM’s three- and four-hole hitters combined for five of the team’s seven hits. Chad Bell (double) and Oliver had the only two other Warhawk hits.
-ULM starter Keegan Curtis was saddled with the loss to fall to 0-3 on the season after allowing six runs on 11 hits in his 5 1/3 innings of work with four strikeouts. The Warhawk bullpen combination of Trey Auger, Chase Cater and Tyler Schwaner allowed just one Alabama hit over the final 2 2/3 innings.
-The Warhawks left four runners stranded throughout the afternoon; one runner each in the fourth, sixth, seventh and ninth frames.
-The Warhawks and Alabama wrap up the weekend series on Sunday afternoon with a 1:00 p.m. first pitch.
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