GRAMBLING, La. -- Grambling State (6-14) plated two runs in the second and sixth innings as the Tigers claimed a 4-0 victory over visiting ULM (8-13) Tuesday night at Wilbert Ellis Field.
The Tigers recorded back-to-back singles to lead off the bottom of the second inning. After a sacrifice bunt gave Grambling State a pair of runners in scoring position, Hector Mejias reached on an error, Dionte Mandeldove and Korey Hall scored to give the homestanding Tigers a 2-0 advantage after two innings.
Grambling State pushed its lead to 4-0 with two runs in the sixth. Brandon Kiser scored on a Devin Malone wild pitch, while Elias Todman scored as Kris Minter drew a bases loaded walk.
The Warhawks threatened to push runs across as the club loaded the bases in the eighth. Dalton Herrington and Jeff Fuller drew back-to-back walks and then with one out Chris Dudley reached on an error to load the bags. ULM was unable to push any runs across as Kodie Tidwell grounded into a double play to end the Warhawk threat.
Warhawk starter Shelby Aulds (2-2) was tagged with the loss after two runs scored (one earned) on four hits in five innings. Malone tossed 0.2 innings while Andrew Richardson pitched the final 2.1 innings of Tuesday's game. Richardson struck out all three batters he faced in the seventh and pushed the streak to five straight with back-to-back punchouts in the eighth.
Grambling State starter Brock Baker tossed seven shutout innings surrendering three hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Colby Martin and Zach Moreau combined to record the final six outs allowing zero hits with Moreau picking up one strikeout.
ULM will return to the diamond this weekend as it welcomes Troy to Warhawk Field for a three-game Sun Belt Conference series beginning Friday night at 6 p.m. Game two of the series will take place Saturday at 4 p.m., followed by Sunday's finale at 1 p.m.
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