SAN MARCOS, Texas – The ULM baseball team scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning on Thursday night, with Texas native Anthony Herrera coming up with the go-ahead, two-run single and then earning the save to give the Warhawks a 6-5 comeback victory over Texas State.
The save was Herrera’s 21st of his career, making the senior the ULM program’s new all-time saves leader, passing Mark Wisniewski, who had 20 career saves from 1982-1985.
FINAL SCORE: ULM 6, Texas State 5
Location: Bobcat Ballpark / San Marcos, Texas
Teams: ULM (10-25, 5-8 SBC), Texas State (20-15, 7-6 SBC)
-The Warhawks loaded the bases with one out in the ninth to run Texas State starter Connor Reich via consecutive singles by Turner Francis, Chad Bell and Spencer Hemphill to set the table for the rest of the frame, first on Harper’s two-run single back up the middle to cut the Texas State lead to one run before Reynolds’ slow roller to the shortstop tied the game and brought in Hemphill.
-Tied at four-all with two outs, Herrera battled and fouled off three consecutive pitches before sending a line shot into center field to give ULM the two-run lead.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Texas State struck first, using a pair of singles to open the bottom of the first inning by the top of the order to set the table to plate a run on a ground ball double play.
-ULM quickly responded in the top of the second inning, with Johnny DeLaCruz drawing a two-out walk that was followed up by Nate Reynolds’ RBI double off the base of the center field wall that knotted the game at one apriece.
-The game remained that way until the fifth, when Leigh delivered the two-out single to give Texas State the lead. The Bobcats again used two-out hitting in the sixth, first with a double before Jaylen Hubbard delivered a two-out, two-run homer to extend the lead to 4-1.
-Trailing by three runs going into the top of the ninth, ULM notched five runs on six hits to take the lead, highlighted by a two-run single from Cade Harper and an RBI single from Nate Reynolds before Herrera’s go-ahead, two-run single.
-Texas State would not go quietly in the bottom of the ninth, putting two runners on with one out before a ULM throwing error on an attempted double play allowed one run to score and put the tying runner at second base. Herrera ended the night and completed the comeback win moments later as he forced a popup to close the night.
-ULM finished with nine hits as team in the win, with the six hits in the ninth. DeLaCruz and Herrera (2 RBI) each finished with two hits, as Harper and Reynolds each finished with a hit and RBI as well.
-Warhawk starter Josh Leone did not factor in the decision, allowing four runs (three earned) over 6 2/3 innings of work while striking out one and sitting down 11 runners in a row from the end of the first through the fourth frame.
-Reliever Tyler Schwaner earned the win after holding Texas State to one hit over 1 1/3 innings out of the bullpen to set the ULM bats up for the ninth inning rally.
-Texas State tallied 10 hits, led by two hit nights from Derek Scheible, Hubbard and Leigh. Reich struck out four ULM batters while allowing six hits and four runs in 8 1/3 innings of work. Brayden Theriot was saddled with the loss after allowing two runs on three hits in the ninth.
-ULM and Texas State continue the series with another 6:00 p.m. start on Friday night before a 1:00 p.m. first pitch in the finale on Saturday afternoon. ULM will then make the short trip to Grambling next Tuesday night.