Hunt Stymies Spartans, Warhawks Win Third Straight
MONROE, La. -- ULM starter Chris Hunt was phenomenal in his second start of 2014 as his strong outing aided the Warhawks in a 5-1 win over Michigan State Wednesday night at Warhawk Field.
During Hunt’s eight innings of work, he allowed just one unearned run to cross home plate while surrendering three hits and two walks. Over the course of his 100-pitch outing, the junior fanned six Spartans.
Michigan State (5-6) plated the game’s first run in the top half of the second inning. With one out in the frame, Ryan Krill doubled to the gap in right center. Krill later moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error by Warhawk catcher Dalton Todd.
In the home half of the third, the Warhawks (7-6) plated a pair of runs to stake a 2-1 lead. Josh Faciane led off the inning with a single to right field and Dalton Herrington followed with a walk. Kodie Tidwell moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt. Keelin Rasch drove in the first run of the game with a RBI groundout and Justin Stawychny gave the Warhawks the lead as his infield single allowed Herrington to score.
With Chet Simoneaux standing on third and two outs in the sixth, Ross Moore doubled to the gap in left center to give the Warhawks a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth. The Warhawks pushed their lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth as Kodie Tidwell drove in Herrington with a RBI double to the gap in left center.
ULM set the final tally at 5-1 with a single run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Todd led off the inning with a double down the left field line and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Josh Faciane. Todd later scored on a wild pitch, giving the Warhawks five runs on the night.
Four different Warhawks registered multiple hits on Wednesday night (Tidwell, Simoneaux, Stawychny, Todd), while Herrington added two runs.
Mike Theodore (0-1) took the loss for the Spartans as he allowed two runs on five hits and three walks in 2.2 innings of work. Ryan Krill led Michigan State at the plate as he was 2-for-4 with one run scored.
The Warhawks will hit the road as it travels to Birmingham, Ala., this weekend for a three-game series at Samford. The series begins Friday night at 6 p.m., followed by contests on Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).
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