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MONROE, La. - Only two Warhawks managed a hit in their last game of the regular season against in-state rival No. 24 UL-Lafayette Sunday afternoon as the ULM softball team fell 5-0 in the Sun Belt Conference series finale at the ULM Softball Complex.

The final contest of the season at home also marked Senior Day for ULM's five seniors as Sarah Carriger, Heather Fritz, Brianna Love, Jessica Olguin and Melissa Rivera were honored for the last game of their careers at the ULM Softball Complex.

Just three Warhawks managed to reach base as Elise West led with a 1-for-2 performance that included one walk. Janel Salanoa went 1-for-3 while Love also walked once.

Tiffany Mills (13-16) picked up the loss in the circle after throwing the first six innings and issued five earned runs on 10 hits while fanning five and walking seven. Fritz threw the final frame and allowed just one hit in four batters faced.  

ULM (27-26, 10-14 SBC) escaped multiple jams during the game as UL-Lafayette (45-9, 19-5 SBC) loaded the bases in three of the first four innings. Miyuki Navarrete turned a double play in the first inning when Christi Orgeron grounded into the second base path for an easy tag of Nerissa Myers before getting thrown out at first.  

ULM was unable to continue holding the Ragin' Cajuns when they ran up four runs in the fifth inning after jacking the bases again off a lead-off walk and back-to-back singles. The first run of the game scored on a fielder's choice followed by a Katie Smith RBI single to keep all three bases occupied. The next two walked in before UL-Lafayette struck out swinging leading 4-0.

The Ragin' Cajuns' Megan Granger walked to lead off the next inning and Erikka Murphy entered to pinch run before coming around from second to reach home thanks to a Natalie Fernandez single and cushion their lead 5-0.

Fernandez went 3-for-4 to lead UL-Lafayette with one run and two RBIs while Katie Smith went 3-for-3 with one RBI. Four other Ragin' Cajuns also scored a run while Ashely Brignac (27-5) picked up her second win this weekend after allowing just two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.

The Warhawks begin post season play at the Sun Belt Conference Tournament next Wednesday with the tournament seeds and corresponding game times to be announced by the league office at 5 p.m. this evening.


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