ATLANTA, Ga. – The ULM baseball team saw Georgia State walkoff with an RBI double in the bottom of the 11th inning to hand the Warhawks a 4-3 loss after the hosts tied the game on three hits and a pair of Warhawk errors in the bottom of the eighth on Saturday in game two of the teams’ Sun Belt Conference weekend series.
Score: Georgia State 4, ULM 3 (11 Innings)
Location: GSU Baseball Complex / Atlanta, Ga.
Teams: ULM (12-31, 6-14 SBC), Georgia State (15-26, 5-15 SBC)
-Up three runs entering the eighth, ULM saw Georgia State open the inning with a single and an RBI double to end the afternoon for Warhawk starter Chase Beal. The hosts then used an infield single to pull within one run before tying the game on a bases loaded ground ball that ULM came to home plate on to get the force out, but instead pulled catcher Spencer Hemphill off the plate to tie the game.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-ULM took the lead in the top of the first when Cade Stone led off the afternoon with a single and advanced around the basepaths before scoring on Turner Francis’ sacrifice fly to giive the Warhawks the lead.
-The Warhawks added to the advantage in the third inning, when Francis beat out a two-out infield single as a Georgia State throwing error sent the ball up the right field line and allowed Anthony Herrera, who had just reached via an error himself, to score from first before Francis was eventually thrown out on the play trying to move all the way to third base on the error.
-ULM added a third run in the sixth in a mirror image inning of the top of the first, as Stone led off the frame with a single, advanced around the bases with the help of a bunt and scored on Francis’ second RBI sacrifice fly of the afternoon.
-Georgia State used three hits and two ULM errors in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game before Herrera was able to strand the bases loaded to end the frame knotted at 3-3;
-The hosts set the table in the 11th with a leadoff single before a bunt moved the runner to second base and an intentional walk brought Justin Jones to the plate, who delivered a double that stayed just fair down the left field line to plate the run and give Georgia State the win.
-Both teams finished with 10 hits in the game, while ULM left nine men on base and Georgia State stranded nine. The Warhawks turned a pair of double plays to get out of key situations while holding the three-run lead.
-Cade Harper finished 3-for-4 in the loss to pace the ULM offense, while Stone, Francis and Hemphill each had two hits as Francis notched a double and an RBI and Harper drove in a run of his own.
-ULM starter Chase Beal did not factor in the decision after seven-plus innings of work, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Chase Cater surrendered the tying run in his 1/3-plus inning of work.
-Herrera was saddled with the loss after giving up the walkoff double in the 11th, finishing with three innings of work of his own in which he struck out two batters and allowed three hits.
-Luke Leonard and Jones each had two hits for Georgia State, while reliever Rhett Harper earned the win after three innings out of the bullpen.
-The series with Georgia State concludes with a 12:00 p.m. CST first pitch on Sunday afternoon in Atlanta. ULM then travels to Ole Miss for a pair of midweek games next Tuesday (6:30 p.m.) and Wednesday (4:00 p.m.).