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Jones & Granier Combine for Two-Hitter in ULM's 4-0 Victory at Nicholls State
Courtesy: ulmwarhawks.com
Release: March 06, 2011
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THIBODAUX, La. -- James Jones and Drew Granier combined to throw a two-hitter to lead ULM to a 4-0 victory over Nicholls State at Ray Didier Field in a game that spanned three days. Granier tossed the opening two innings Friday night before rain forced the game to be suspended to Sunday where Jones threw the final seven innings -- the game featured a 40 hour and 26 minute rain delay.

Combined with ULM's 8-0 victory over Jackson State on Tuesday night, the victory marked the first time the Warhawks (6-4) have shutout back-to-back opponents since 2000 when they blanked Samford and LSU-Shreveport; it was the first time since 1995 that they did it against two Division I opponents (Prairie View A&M three times) -- ULM advanced to the NCAA Tournament both of those seasons.

Jones (2-1) was credited with the victory for the Warhawks after striking out seven batters and allowing two hits. Granier struck out a pair and didn't allow a hit over his two innings of work.

The Warhawks, who ended Nicholls State's five-game win streak, took a 3-0 lead on Friday night before the rain came. Matt Laird and Corben Green scored in the top of the second inning on a dropped fly ball by the Colonels. Green extended his hit streak to all 10 games this season with a two-out double in the top of the third inning to score Joey Rapp, who reached on a walk.

Caleb Clowers belted his first home run of the season in the seventh inning to account for the only run in Sunday's portion of the game.

Seth Webster (0-1) was charged with the loss for the Colonels after allowing three runs -- one earned -- on a pair of hits in three innings Friday night. Brian Arceneaux tossed five innings on Sunday allowing one run.

Nicholls State (6-4) had the tying run at the plate with one out in the bottom of the ninth after a walk, a single and a catcher's interference. However, Jones induced a double play from Scott Moseley to end the game.

The teams began game two of the doubleheader 30 minutes following the conclusion of the opener.