MONROE, La. – The ULM baseball team scored in each of the opening three innings Tuesday night as the Warhawks began a four-game homestand with a 7-1 victory over visiting Grambling in midweek action. ULM now turns its attention back to Sun Belt Conference play and Little Rock, who will visit Warhawk Field for a weekend series beginning Friday night.
FINAL SCORE: ULM 7, Grambling 1
LOCATION: Warhawk Field / Monroe, Louisiana
RECORDS: ULM (6-16, 1-2 SBC), Grambling (7-14, 3-3 SWAC)
-ULM saw four players finish with multi-hit games as the team finished with 12 hits, including five for extra bases as Cade Stone and Cade Harper each tallied three hits.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Warhawks struck first with an RBI groundout by Chad Bell in the bottom of the first inning to get the scoring started before Reynolds connected on a two-run homer to increase the lead in the second frame. ULM added to the lead with an RBI single by Spencer Hemphill in the third inning to push the lead to four.
-Grambling’s lone run came in the top of the fifth when Kristian Franklin reached on a fielders’ choice and advanced via an error before later scoring on an RBI single by Ian Bailey. Warhawk starter Cole Hendrix would strand two Grambling runners to end the inning and the threat.
-ULM added to the lead in the sixth inning when Turner Francis drew a bases loaded walk and the Warhawks would add their final two runs of the night in the eighth inning when Reynolds and Stone delivered back-to-back triples, with Reynolds crossing the plate on Stone’s extra-base hit before Stone scored moments later via a wild pitch.
-Stone finished with a double and a triple as part of his 3-for-4 night, while Cade Harper also finished 3-for-4 in the win. Reynolds collected a triple and homer on the way to his 2-for-3 game, while Francis notched a double as one of his two hits.
-Hendrix earned his second victory of the season, tossing five innings and allowing just five hits and one walk while Grambling plated the one unearned run. Relievers Matt Reeves, Tyler Schwaner and Chase Cater each tallied one strikeout as each picked up an inning of work on the mound before Anthony Herrera struck out the side in the ninth to wrap the night up.
-The Warhawks remain at home this weekend when they step back into Sun Belt Conference play and host Little Rock for a three-game weekend series beginning Friday night (6:00 p.m. start) before afternoon games on Saturday (2:00 p.m.) and Sunday (1:00 p.m.) afternoons.