Christensen went the distance while scattering eight hits as the Warhawks whipped No. 5 Arkansas 3-2 Wednesday night before 3,017 fans at Baum Stadium.
Boomer Blanchard provided the game-winning run with a solo homer in the eighth – the only run scored among the two teams after the third inning.
"It feels great," Christensen said. "I just want to go out there and give the team a chance to win and God was looking out for me tonight. I felt good and I was just locked in tonight. It is a credit to the team and how hard we worked throughout the year."
Freshman Bo Bigham's two-run homer in the third – the first of his career – plated Collin Kuhn and gave the Razorbacks a 2-1 lead in the second inning.
But that was it offensively for Arkansas (24-9), as visiting ULM (22-12) sent the home team to its third straight loss despite having just six hits in an error-less contest.
"We played pretty good defense, but it's just too bad that we didn't put together an inning or two to get a few runs in there," Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. "We hit a couple of balls hard and right at them, but that's the way the game works. It's just disappointing that we didn't put together a couple of good innings."
ULM head coach Jeff Schexnaider said it was obviously a big win for his team, who had downed Mississippi State earlier this season.
"It's huge for our program," Schexnaider said. "To be able to come here and play and play well enough to win. Hopefully we can carry some of this over until the weekend."
Christensen, whose team grabbed a 1-0 lead on a double-play in the first inning, had actually been bumped out of the rotation last weekend.
"He has been our Friday night guy all year and we bumped him last weekend and used him some in relief," Schexnaider said. "It was his turn to pitch and he did an outstanding job tonight.
"I think he kept them off balance most of the night and I thought the key was when they would get a no-out double that he was able to control the game and not allow them to score with runners in scoring position," Schexnaider added. "He got a little tougher."
Christensen used his fastball and a lot of change-ups to his advantage as ULM took a 7-6 lead in the all-time series between the two schools.
"I just was pounding the zone and all of my pitches were working and I was throwing strikes," Christensen said. "After that two-run home run, I just really focused in and tried to give my team a chance to win."
Perry Smith's homer leading off the top of the third tied it 2-2 before a pitching duel broke out.
"That's kind of been this team all along, not any one person done it every game," Schexnaider said. "Tonight Boomer had a big hit to give us the lead and Perry has his second home run to tie it. I was proud of the way we played defense and kept throwing strikes."
There was a bit of controversy in the seventh inning when James McCann hit what appeared to be a double down the left field line.
It was ruled foul and neither the fans or Van Horn and his team were happy about it.
"It looked like the ball was fair," Van Horn said. "I don't know. I didn't see the replay, but our runner and our coach said the ball hit the line.
"From what I saw there was no reason for him to run down there," Van Horn added. "Just take a couple of steps and turn around. Your eyes are going to move when you are running. After talking with him, I don't know if he thinks he got it right either. That would have been a lead off hit, but that didn't cost us the game."
Arkansas starting pitcher Brett Eibner, bidding to be the Razorbacks' Sunday hurler, only made it through two batters in the fourth before being replaced by Sam Murphy.
He threw 58 pitches, 33 for strikes, while giving up five hits, walking a pair and fanning a batter.
"He wasn't real sharp and wasn't throwing enough strikes," Van Horn said. "At the end of three innings he already had 50-something pitches. We were going to throw him 70 pitches so basically we told Murphy to go down there and get hot and get ready to go and he didn't even make it through that inning."
Murphy threw three scoreless innings before loser Mike Bolsinger and Stephen Richards finished up.
Drew Smyly will be the starter Wednesday as the two clubs meet in a 3:05 p.m. game.
"Basically Sunday's game now at Georgia will be TBA," Van Horn said. "We'll see if we can turn this thing around tomorrow."
Collin Kuhn congratulates Bo Bigham after his first career home run gave the Razorbacks a 2-1 lead in the second inning.
Boomer Blanchard's eighth-inning blast proved to the be game-winning run.
Arkansas starter Brett Eibner fires to the plate.
Photos by Marc F. Henning