BATON ROUGE, La. - ULM had its season come to an end Sunday with an 11-2 loss to No. 16 Oregon State at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional. The Warhawks finished the season with a record of 32-30.
ULM had an outstanding season that included winning the Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship last week and earning its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2000. The Warhawks' 6-3 victory over Belmont yesterday ensured the team of being one of the final 40 teams remaining in the tournament.
ULM was unable to get anything going offensively against the Beavers, stranding 10 runners in the game, including two in each of the first three innings. ULM pounded out eight hits in the game and was led by senior Jeremy Sy's 2-for-3 performance at the plate.
Oregon State's Ben Wetzler (8-2) settled down after a shaky start and nearly went the distance on the mound. The left hander gave up two runs (0 earned) on eight hits and striking out eight in 8.2 innings.
Oregon State got on the board first, scoring three of its four runs in the second inning with two outs off ULM starter Shelby Aulds. Tyler Smith cranked a single through the left side to score two and give the Beavers a 3-0 advantage. Michael Conforto added an RBI single to right center to make the score 4-0. Kendall Thamm came on in relief and struck out Danny Hayes to get the Warhawks out of the jam.
Aulds (3-3) lasted just 1.2 innings, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk.
ULM scored a run in the top of the third inning to cut the score to 4-1. Jeremy Sy came around to score from second on a fielding error by OSU's John Tommasini at second base off the bat of Joey Rapp. Sy reached earlier in the inning on a walk and went to second on a sacrifice bunt from Caleb Clowers.
The Beavers opened up a 7-1 advantage with three runs in the fourth inning. Conforto had the big blow with a two-run double into the right-center gap. Ryan Dunn added a sacrifice fly to centerfield, scoring Conforto from third.
Oregon State added two more runs in the fifth inning and a pair of runs in the seventh inning to take an 11-1 lead.
The Warhawks pushed across a run in the ninth inning when pinch runner Devin Malone scored on a wild pitch with two outs.