UTA’s first inning work grounds Warhawks on Saturday

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MONROE, La. – Visiting UT Arlington posted five runs on six hits in the top of the first inning on Saturday afternoon on the way to handing ULM a 10-2 defeat as UTA grabbed the Sun Belt weekend series victory.

THE BASICS
Score: UTA 10, ULM 2
Location: Warhawk Field / Monroe, La.
Teams: ULM (11-28, 5-11 SBC), UT Arlington (21-17, 11-5 SBC)

TURNING POINT
-UT Arlington opened the afternoon with a leadoff triple from Phil Berthiaume that was followed up moments later with an RBI single from Brady Cox to set the inning and the day in motion for the visitors.

HOW IT HAPPENED
-UTA jumped on the board with the five-run first inning with the six hits, keyed by three separate RBI singles and a two-run triple in the frame. The visitors added to the lead with a single run in the third via a leadoff double that scored on a ULM error later in the inning.
-UTA posted two runs in the fourth inning, first on a sacrifice fly before a passed ball brought in a run, and then added two runs in the fifth on a two RBI single back up the middle.
-The Warhawks pushed across a pair of runs in the ninth, tallying four hits in the frame as Hunter Johnson and Blake Buckman each delivered RBI singles before leaving two final runners on base to close the afternoon.
-ULM finished the afternoon with eight hits – including a three-hit game from Buckman, while Turner Francis added two hits. Anthony Herrera, Jimmy Versage and Johnson each tallied a hit as well. The Warhawks left eight runners on base throughout the game.
-Warhawk starter Chase Beal allowed eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits over 3 1/3 innings as he fell to 3-5 on the season, while ULM used five relievers out of the bullpen, who combined to hold UTA to five hits over the final 5 2/3 innings.
-For UTA, Brady Cox and Noah Vaughan each collected three hits, while starter Trae Patterson tossed eight shutout innings with five strikeouts to earn his fourth win of the season.

UP NEXT
-The series with UT Arlington wraps up on Sunday afternoon with a 1:00 p.m. first pitch in the series finale. ULM then travels to Georgia State in SBC action next weekend, slated for a 5:00 p.m. CST start next Friday before afternoon contests on Saturday (1:00 p.m. CST) and Sunday afternoons (12:00 p.m. CST).

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