The Warhawks built a 4-0 lead with three runs in the first and one in the third, but what should have been a harmless grounder up the middle in the top of the fourth inning flipped the game on its back.
Tyler Hannah picked up the Trojans (37-15, 19-8 Sun Belt) first hit of the game with a double off the wall to lead off the fourth inning. Following a ground out by Adam Bryant, T.J. Rivera sent a ball back up the middle that hit ULM pitcher Drew Granier in the leg; Granier was able to pick up the ball and complete the out, however he wasn't the same pitcher after that play.
In the next inning, a pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out. Tyson Workman drew a walk to put the Trojans on the board and Hannah then a double into right-center field to clear the bases and tie the game.
Drew Prichard then led off the sixth with a solo home run to give Troy the lead. Following a pair of outs, back-to-back infield singles and a pair of wild pitches plated the second run of the inning. A hit batter put a pair of runners on base for Hannah, who responded with his third straight double to give the Trojans an 8-4 lead. Bryant followed with a two-home run to cap the six-run inning. Troy added three more in the eighth.
After dominating the opening four frames, Granier's (3-5) day ended with nine runs and eight hits on his tally. After getting hit in the leg, he allowed all nine runs, seven hits, two walks and threw two wild pitches.
Joey Rapp put ULM (23-27, 8-19) on the board in the bottom of the first with his 12th home run of the season. The two-run shot extended his streak of reaching base safely to 48 games. Following back-to-back singles by Caleb Clowers and Taylor Abdalla, Judd Edwards made it 3-0 ULM with a single back up the middle.
Jarrett Hammond scored the fourth run of the game for the Warhawks on a wild pitch in the third inning after leading off the frame with a single. Hammond, Abdalla, Clowers and Les Aulds all finished with two hits for ULM.
Workman threw 5.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen to pick up the win for Troy. Workman (4-3) struck out four and scattered five hits. Troy starter Ryan Sorce was pulled after allowing three runs on four hits in just 1/3 of an inning.
The Warhawks travel to Northwestern State on Tuesday for their final non-conference game of the season before hosting Louisiana-Lafayette on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the regular season finale.
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