Score: ULM 8, Northwestern State 5
Teams: ULM (4-1)
Northwestern State (3-2)
Location: Monroe, La. (Geo-Surfaces Field)
Monroe, La. - Trailing by four runs, the ULM softball team scored eight total runs between the fifth and sixth innings to close the Mardi Gras Classic with an 8-5 win over Northwestern State Sunday afternoon. The win gives the Warhawks a 4-1 mark after the opening weekend of the season.
-After Northwestern racked up four runs in the second inning, the Warhawks cut into the deficit with three runs in the fifth inning before taking the lead on Sydney McKay's two-run single as part of a five-run sixth frame.
-Both McKay and Cheyenne Lyon finished 2-for-3 with timely hits at the top of the ULM order. In that sixth inning, Lyon followed McKay's single with a three-run homer to give the Warhawks some cushion.
-Jayden Mount added a hit and an RBI as the top three of the ULM order combined for five of the Warhawks' eight total hits.
-Northwestern struck first, posting four runs in the top of the second inning, highlighted by a three-run triple, but were held to just six total baserunners over the final five innings.
-ULM's three-run fifth inning was also keyed by McKay and Lyon, as McKay delivered an RBI single in the frame before Lyon's sacrifice fly brought in a second run. The third run scored via a Northwestern error.
-Paige Porter came on in relief after Northwestern had taken the 4-0 lead and went the final six innings, allowing only one run on five hits with four strikeouts over the rest of the afternoon.
FROM COACH LYON
“Coming off the loss last night, my biggest concern was the short turn around and letting it spill over into today's game. We were very sluggish at the beginning of the game. I was happy that the girls continued to fight and hang in the game until we could get things going. Scoring eight runs in the final two at-bats is very hard against anyone, let alone a team the caliber of Northwestern State. Paige did a great job of gutting it out and pitching great in the circle. I can't say enough about the adjustments our hitters made to get us back in the game.”
-The Warhawks now take to the road for a matchup at McNeese on Wednesday afternoon. ULM then heads to the University of Georgia tournament for five games in Athens before returning home on February 22 to host Northwestern.
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