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ULM Takes 4-3 Thriller from Troy to Even Series
Courtesy: ulmwarhawks.com
Release: May 14, 2011
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MONROE, La. -- ULM got gutsy pitching performances from Randy Zeigler and James Jones and three RBIs off the bat of Joey Rapp to defeat Troy 4-3 Saturday evening at Warhawk Field. The victory evened the three-game series at one game each to force the rubber game Sunday at 1 p.m.

Zeigler (5-4) held the Trojans to just one run and two hits over the first 7.1 innings of the game to earn the win, while Jones recorded the final five outs of the contest to pick up his seventh save of the season. Zeigler finished the contest with three runs and four hits on his tally.

Jones had to work out of a jam in the ninth after a lead-off single, a one-out walk and a two-out hit batter loaded the bases. Tyler Hannah, who drove home the game-winner off of Jones in Friday night's game, was all that stood between ULM and a victory.

Hannah made contact on a check swing then sent a soft roller under the glove of a charging Jones, but second baseman Caleb Clowers made an outstanding play to glove the ball and flip to first to end the game.

ULM (23-26, 8-18 Sun Belt) scored four unanswered runs over the middle portion of the game after Troy (36-15, 18-8) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third.

Rapp drove in the first of his three runs with a single to center field in the bottom of the third to score Les Aulds. Aulds led off the frame by beating out an infield single and then took second on a throwing error by Troy pitcher Jimmy Hodgskin.

Jarrett Hammond and Rapp delivered back-to-back RBI singles in the fifth inning to stretch the ULM lead out to 3-1. Shane Ardoin started the frame with a single to center and a sac bunt by Aulds moved him to second. Hammond's single scored Ardoin and Rapp scored Hammond following a wild pitch.

Rapp, who has driven in a run with all four of his hits in the series, plated what proved to be the game-winner in the seventh. Hammond led off the frame with a single through the left-side of the infield and then Rapp hammered a ball to the wall in right-center field.

Adam Bryant pulled the Trojans to within the final one-run margin with a two-run single in the top of the eighth inning. A one-out walk to Tyson Workman and a double by Hannah preceded the Bryant single.

The only hit Zeigler allowed until the seventh inning with an infield single by Josh McDorman in the third inning. He would eventually come around to score the first run of the game on a ground out by Daniel Peterson.

Hodgskin (2-6) was charged with the loss for Troy. He allowed three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits over five innings of work.

The Warhawks will be in search of their first Sunday victory in Sun Belt play this season as Drew Granier (3-4, 4.06) will get the start on the mound in the finale.