MONROE, La. - The ULM baseball team ended its 2010 season with a 13-1 loss to ULL on Saturday evening at Warhawk Field. The Ragin' Cajuns took a four-run lead into the seventh inning and then added nine late runs to make the score more lopsided then the game actually played out on the field.
Head coach Jeff Schexnaider honored his 10 senior players in a ceremony prior to the game. The group was responsible for the best back-to-back seasons at ULM in almost 10 years which included the 2008 Sun Belt Conference regular season championship and a berth in the 2009 Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship Game.
ULL (37-18, 21-9 Sun Belt) jumped out to an early lead and rode the arm of junior left-hander Taylor Hubbell to complete the three-game sweep of the Warhawks. The last three meetings between the two schools at Warhawk Field have resulted in one team walking away with a sweep.
Nick Wade and Casey Auttonberry both ended their ULM's careers with two hits in four at-bats. Matt Goulas, Jordan Poirrier and Greg Fontenot had three hits each for the Cajuns.
Chad Keefer and Tyler Frederick led off the second inning with a triple and a double to give the Cajuns a 1-0 lead. Fontenot executed ULL's second squeeze bunt of the weekend to plate Frederick for a 2-0 advantage. Goulas hit a one-out homer in the third and Justin Robichaux led off the fourth with a homer to extend the lead out to 4-0.
The Warhawks (17-38, 7-23) had a couple of runners in scoring position in the fifth inning and runners on the corners in the sixth, but Hubbell was able to work out of both jams unharmed.
Goulas singled home Kyle Bostick and Poirrier singled home Goulas in the seventh inning to push the Cajun advantage out to 6-0. The Cajuns, who tied for the Sun Belt regular season championship with Florida Atlantic, pushed seven runs across the plate in the ninth inning.
Senior Boomer Blanchard, who has been out of the lineup since May 4 with an injury, was inserted in the game as a pinch runner for Caleb Clowers. A single by Judd Edwards moved up him to second base and then a throwing error by ULL pitcher Ryland Parker on a fielder's choice allowed Blanchard to score for the 108th time in his two-year career.
Hubbell (4-3) threw six scoreless innings to pick up the win for ULL. He walked two, struck out two and scattered five hits. Parker picked up his second save of the season with three innings out of the bullpen. He allowed one unearned run on one hit.