TROY, Ala. -- ULM scored the final five runs Friday night as the Warhawks snapped its recent losing streak with a 7-4 win over Troy at Riddle-Pace Field.
ULM (8-15, 1-3) was able to tie the game at 4-4 with two runs in the top of the sixth inning. Keelin Rasch tallied a one-out double down the right field line and came in to score on Justin Stawychny’s RBI single up the middle. Later in the frame, with Stawychny on second and two outs, Fuller picked up a RBI single down the left field line, allowing Stawychy to score and even the game at four-all.
Simoneaux led off the seventh inning with a standup double to the gap in right center and pinch hitter Cody Stone gave ULM runners at the corners as Hicks’ throw to third on a fielder’s choice sac bunt was not in time. After Will Shell replaced Hicks, Dalton Herrington doubled off of the wall in right field to pick up a RBI and give ULM runners at second and third. After a groundout, ULM increased its lead to 6-4 as Stone scored on a wild pitch and Herrington moved to third. Rasch concluded the three-run frame for the Warhawks with a RBI single up the middle to give the vistors a 7-4 lead.
ULM held Troy (12-10, 1-2) scoreless over the final four innings and for the game the Trojans stranded a total of 13 base runners.
Warhawk middle relief pitcher Carey Taylor (2-1) earned the win after holding Troy scoreless during his 3.1 innings of work. The senior right-hander allowed one hit and five walks with three strikeouts during his 70-pitch outing. Tyler Bray earned his second save of the season as he recorded the final four outs of the game (all via strikeout) while allowing just one base runner (walk).
Troy starter Tanner Hicks (2-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs (four earned) on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Keelin Rasch and Chet Simoneaux led the Warhawks as they each tallied two hits with one RBI and one run in the win.
Garrett Pitts led the Trojans with two hits and two runs and the second baseman also recorded three walks as he reached base all five times Friday night.
ULM got things going in the top of the second inning as the visiting Warhawks plated the first runs of the game. With one out in the inning, Kodie Tidwell singled up the middle and moved to second as he swiped his third bag of the year. After Jeff Fuller drew a walk, Jacob Stockton’s comebacker up the middle was knocked down by Troy pitcher Tanner Hicks but Stockton was able to reach first with an infield single to load the bases.
Tidwell was able to score easily as he raced home on a passed ball by Trojan catcher Justin Hancock. ULM plated its second run of the inning as Simoneaux recorded a RBI single that hit off of the glove of a leaping Hicks and allowed Fuller to score and put ULM ahead 2-0.
After stranding a pair of runners in each of the first two innings, including three in scoring position, Troy evened the game with two runs in the bottom of the third. Garrett Pitts ledoff the inning with a single up the middle and he moved to second on a balk by Warhawk starter Chris Hunt. With two outs in the frame, Nick Masonia drew a walk to give the Trojans runners on the corners.
Hunt’s second balk of the frame allowed Masonia to move to second and Pitts trotted home for the first Trojan run of the game. Masonia later stole third and was able to race home and tie the game thanks to a throwing error by Simoneaux.
Troy moved in front as the Trojans scored in the bottom of the fifth inning. Pitts led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Trevin Hall. David Hall followed with a double to the gap in right center that allowed Pitts to score and put Troy in front, 3-2. After a pitching change with one out in the fifth, Warhawk reliever Carey Taylor surrendered a two-out double off of the wall in right as Hall scored to put Troy ahead, 4-2.
The two teams will return to action tomorrow evening with first pitch slated for 6 p.m. ULM is expected to send Chad Miller (Sr., LH, 2-0, 4.23 ERA) to the hill, while Troy will likely counter with Shane McCain (Sr., LH, 3-1, 1.06 ERA).
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