MONROE, Louisiana – Trace Henry and Travis Washburn had two hits and two RBIs each while Jackie Robinson and Carson Orton combined for 4 1/3 shutout innings on the mound to close out the game as ULM held off App State’s rally for an 8-5 win on Sunday to salvage a series game.
After scoring just one run with nine hits in the first 18 innings of the series, ULM (14-23-1 overall, 6-11-1 Sun Belt Conference) put the offense to work early in the the series finale. Mason Holt hit a solo homer with two outs to right-center field late in the first inning, giving the Warhawks their first series lead, 1-0.
ULM appeared to open the game in the second set by five runs. Colby Deaville started with a walk and John Chase followed by a walk. Travis Washburn hit a double into the right corner of the field to score both runners for the 3-0 lead. After Matthew Lee walked to put two runners back on base, Trace Henry hat-trick in the right corner of the field, pushing the lead to 5-0. ryan cupit added an RBI single to score Henry, as ULM led 6-0 after two innings.
App State (13-24, 5-13) worked its way into the fourth and fifth innings.
In the fourth, App loaded the bases against the ULM starter Tylor Jans with an exit. RJ Johnson hit a fielder’s pick on first base, but by Grant Schulz home throw was a split second late, as Dylan Rogers scored before the throw to close the lead at 6-1. Andrew Terrell hit a sacrificial fly off Lucas Wepf to score Austin St. Laurent, making it 6-2. Wepf made Luke Drumheller stand down to end the threat.
In the fifth, App again charged the bases with two outs. Wepf walked the next three batters to walk three-pointers, bringing the Mountaineers within a run, 6-5. Jackie Robinson came out of the bullpen for Drumheller to take to the ground to end the frame.
Robinson (1-0) then pitched 2 1/3 shutout innings out of the bullpen for his first career win, allowing three hits with one strikeout and no walks.
In the bottom of the seventh, ULM added to the lead as Schulz and Deaville each hit two-out RBI singles as Henry and Holt headed home to score, respectively, for the 8-5 lead.
Carson Orton came out of the bullpen for the eighth inning and fired the final two shutout frames, pitching in the rain in the ninth, to earn his fifth save of the season and 14th of his career, tying him with Bobby Carro (2001-02) for the second most career saves in ULM history. He allowed a hit with one strikeout and two walks.
Enforcement starter Cameron Carter (2-3) took the loss, allowing five runs on three hits with two strikeouts and two walks in 1 1/3 innings.
In addition to Henry and Washburn, Deaville and Holt each had two hits for ULM. Andrew Greckel, Dylan Rogers and Austin St. Laurent each had three hits for App as the Mountaineers had 14 hits. However, App blocked 14 men based on the game.
ULM visits McNeese for a game at 6 p.m. Tuesday.