MONROE, La. - ULM put together some timely hitting and cruised behind a dominating pitching performance from junior Randy Zeigler to a 6-1 victory over Nicholls State Friday evening at Warhawk Field.
Zeigler (2-1) allowed just one run on five hits and tied his career high with 10 strikeouts in a complete game performance. It marked the first complete game by a ULM pitcher this season and the second of Zeigler's career. Zeigler now leads the Sun Belt with 25 strikeouts on the season.
The Warhawks (7-3) pounded out eight hits in the game and used a trio of two-run innings to build a 6-0 lead through seven innings. Seniors Les Aulds and Caleb Clowers each had two hits, two RBI and a run scored to lead the offensive charge for the Warhawks.
Aulds led off the game with a single and reached third after a muffed throw by the catcher attempting to catch him stealing second. He came home after a wild pitch and beat out the close play at the plate to score the first run of the game. Junior Corben Green plated Clowers for the second run of the inning on an fielding error by the second baseman.
The Warhawks padded the lead with two more in the sixth inning. Green brought in another run with a hard-hit single off the pitcher and junior Brandon Alexander grounded into a double play, scoring senior Joey Rapp, who reached on a double.
An inning later junior Logan Fiasco dropped a double just inside the left field line, and another double off the wall by Aulds scored him. Aulds crossed home plate to push ULM ahead 6-0 when Clowers singled through the left side.
The Colonels' lone run in the came in the final inning on a sacrifice fly by Michael LeGrange. Zeigler got Beau Faulk to fly out to right field to end the game and finish off the complete game.
Seth Webster (1-2) pitched valiantly in a losing effort for the Colonels (4-6). Webster went 6 2/3 innings, allowing six earned runs on eight hits while striking out seven. Merrick Ardoin relieved Webster in the seventh and held the Warhawks scoreless the rest of the way.
Game two between ULM and Nicholls State is slated for 6 p.m. on Saturday at Warhawk Field.