MONROE, Louisiana – ULM were limited to just three hits while two late critical defensive errors allowed App State to extend the lead on their way to a 5-1 victory Friday night in the series opener at Warhawk Field.
App (12-23 overall, 4-12 Sun Belt Conference) took the lead with the game’s leadoff hitter. Andrew Terrell homered to left field, his first of the season, to put the Mountaineers ahead, 1-0.
ULM (13-22-1, 5-10-1) tied at 1 in 3rd when ryan cupit hit an RBI single left to score Carson Jones. It was the third and final hit of the game for the Warhawks. With riders still in the corners and one out, one out and one out on the ground ended the ULM threat without taking the lead.
App regained the lead in the fourth inning on Jacob Whitley’s sacrifice fly to score Austin St. Laurent, who started the inning with a single.
ULM had a chance to respond late in the fourth, using three walks to load the bases and chase App State starter Tyler Tuthill out of the game. However, Eli Ellington came in and pulled out Mason Holt on three pitches to end the inning.
The Warhawks were unable to do anything against Ellington, tallying two walks and two hits, but one runner was put out and another was caught stealing. Ellington (1-2) took the win in relief with 4 1/3 innings hitless and scoreless with seven strikeouts and two walks.
Cam Barlow (2-5) struggled with its fourth straight loss but gave ULM a chance. He allowed two runs on six hits with five strikeouts and one walk in 5 2/3 innings.
The application state was added late to the track. In the seventh inning, the Mountaineers charged the bases with one out. Mikel Howel Luke Drumheller retired Luke Drumheller for the second out and Phillip Cole had two strikes before a wild pitch allowed Dylan Rogers to score and double the lead, 3-1.
App State added two runs in the eighth as Rogers hit a two-out field single to score Hayden Cross. Alex Aguila then reached on an error to allow Cross to score, extending the lead to 5-1.
Cupit, Holt and Jones had the hits for ULM. Terrell, Cole and Cross each had two hits for App.
The series continues at 2 p.m. Saturday at Warhawk Field.