TROY, Ala. – The ULM baseball team saw Troy connect on a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to cut the Warhawk lead to one run before the hosts walked off with a second two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth and hand ULM a 10-9 defeat on Saturday afternoon.
Score: Troy 10, ULM 9
Location: Riddle-Pace Field / Troy, Ala.
Teams: ULM (12-39, 6-20 SBC), Troy (29-21, 14-12 SBC)
-With ULM leading 9-6 going into the bottom of the eighth, Warhawk closer Anthony Herrera surrendered a two-run homer to Brandon Lockridge to pull Troy within one run before the ninth frame saw Chase Smartt’s leadoff single set up Jackson Cofer’s two-run homer to give Troy the comeback win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-ULM took the lead in the top of the first when Turner Francis reached on a two-out error and scored moments later on Spencer Hemphill’s RBI double off the right-center field wall. Troy answered with three runs in the bottom of the first, using an RBI double, a run scoring single and a sacrifice fly to take the lead.
-The Warhawks responded with three runs of their own in the top of the second inning, using a two-run double off the bat of Nate Reynolds’ bat before he came home on Herrera’s RBI single through the left side of the infield. ULM added to the lead in the top of the third on Tyler Cox’s solo home run to take a 5-3 advantage.
-Troy plated two runs in the bottom of the third, first via a fielder’s choice ground ball before a RBI sacrifice fly tied the game at 5-all.
-ULM regained the lead again in the top of the fourth with a four-run inning, keyed by Hemphill’s second double of the game, this time driving in one run, before plating back-to-back runs on Cox’s RBI single and a fielder’s choice groundball from Chad Bell to push out to a 9-5 advantage in what turned out to be the team’s final runs of the afternoon.
-Troy scored its final five runs of the game via home runs, starting with Smartt’s solo home run in the bottom of the fifth before the two-run homer from Lockridge in the eighth and the walkoff from Cofer in the bottom of the ninth.
-ULM finished with 12 total hits in the loss, all coming off the bats of six players – Herrera, Francis, Hemphill, Cox, Bell and Reynolds – who all notched two hits. Hemphill (two), Reynolds (two) and Francis had doubles.
-Warhawk starter Josh Leone did not factor in the decision after tossing five innings and allowing six runs (five earned) with three strikeouts. Tyler Schwaner allowed just one hit over his two innings of relief before turning the ball over to Herrera in the eighth.
-Herrera was saddled with the loss after allowing four runs on four hits in one-plus inning of work.
-Troy tallied 13 hits, led by a three-hit game from Smartt, while Matt Sanders and Lockridge each had two hits. Corey Childress pitched the top of the ninth and earned the win, while Troy starter Austin Crook went only two innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits before the Warhawks got into the bullpen.
-The series with Troy concludes with a 1:00 p.m. first pitch on Sunday in the regular season road finale for the Warhawks. ULM then hosts the Ragin’ Cajuns in SBC play next weekend in the final regular season conference series of the season.