MONROE, La. – A four-run third inning for visiting UT Arlington proved to be the difference on Sunday afternoon as UTA handed the ULM baseball team a 10-3 defeat on Sunday afternoon to close the teams’ Sun Belt Conference weekend series.
Score: UTA 10, ULM 3
Location: Warhawk Field / Monroe, La.
Teams: ULM (11-30, 5-13 SBC), UT Arlington (23-17, 13-5 SBC)
-Leading 2-0 going into the third, UT Arlington posted four runs in the top of the third – all coming with two outs, using a two-run double, a run scoring double and a RBI single to extend the advantage.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-UTA used a two-run single in the top of the first inning to get on the board before plating the four runs in the third frame on four hits.
-The Warhawks got on the board in the bottom of the third inning when Nate Reynolds struck out but reached on the pitch and advanced around the base paths before later scoring on a UTA wild pitch.
-The visitors pushed across another run in the fourth after a leadoff double by Brady Cox, who came around to score on a double steal to give UTA a six run lead before plating two runs in the top of the sixth on an RBI single and a run scoring double.
-ULM responded in the bottom of the sixth on Spencer Hemphill’s solo home run to left field before the Warhawks added another run in the seventh when Blake Buckman singled and later scored on Cade Stone’s sacrifice fly.
-The final run of the afternoon came in the eighth when UTA put runners at first and third and executed a double steal to push the score to its final mark.
-The Warhawks finished with eight hits, as Johnny DeLaCruz, Hemphill and Buckman all had two hits, as DeLaCruz and Reynolds (1-for-4) each tallied a double.
-ULM starter Keegan Curtis was saddled with the loss, allowing six runs on four hits with five walks in 2 2/3 innings of work.
-UTA finished with 11 hits, led by Quintin Rohrbaugh’s three-hit afternoon, while Jakob Hernandez earned the win after nine strikeouts in seven innings of work.
-ULM now gets set to travel to Georgia State in SBC action next weekend, with the series slated for a 5:00 p.m. CST start on Friday before afternoon contests on Saturday (1:00 p.m. CST) and Sunday afternoons (12:00 p.m. CST).