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ULM Baseball Opens Sun Belt Play 12-6 Against Non-Conference Opponents

MONROE, La. - The ULM baseball teams enters its first Sun Belt Conference weekend series of the 2012 season with a 12-6 record. The Warhawks are second in the conference standings, trailing UALR (12-5) by a half game for the league's top mark. Listed below are highlights of ULM's first 18 games:

-Senior first baseman Joey Rapp has been one of the steadiest hitters in the Sun Belt Conference to open 2012. Rapp is fifth in batting average (.385), third in hits (25), tied for fourth in runs scored (17), tied for third in home runs (4), second in total bases (43), eighth in on-base percentage (.500) and third in slugging percentage (.662) amongst his conference peers. The native of Sarasota, Fla. is also in the top 50 nationally with his four home runs. Rapp is currently riding a nine-game hitting streak and has reached base in 17 of his 18 starts.

-Junior pitcher Randy Zeigler has been named the SBC Pitcher of the Week two straight times. The left-hander is 2-1 in his last three starts, posting a sterling 0.78 ERA during that stretch. Zeigler leads the Sun Belt Conference with 36 strikeouts (ranked eighth nationally) in 28.0 innings pitched. The Shreveport native has emerged as the regular Friday starter for the Warhawks this season.

-Through 18 games, ULM leads its opposition in runs scored (97-84), extra base hits (38-31), RBIs (85-72), walks drawn (65-54), stolen bases (33-21) and fielding percentage (.967-.955). The Warhawks rank in the top 50 nationally in stolen bases, home runs (11), batters hit by pitch (23) and total double plays turned (15).

-The Warhawks have defeated No. 28 Southern Mississippi, Tulane (two-game sweep), Memphis (two-game sweep) and Tennessee (two out of three road games) during the non-conference portion of the season. ULM has received recognition from ESPN.com, College Baseball Insider, and the NCBWA.

-Head coach Jeff Schexnaider is three victories from passing Brad Holland for fourth place on the all-time ULM wins list. Schexnaider has 148 wins in his sixth season as the Warhawk head man.

ULM opens a three-game SBC set with rival UL-Lafayette Friday at 6 p.m. at Warhawk Field.