ULM's Green Is Red Hot

A week or so ago, Corben Green was just one of several promising newcomers on the ULM baseball roster.

A week or so ago, Corben Green was just one of several promising newcomers on the ULM baseball roster.

A transfer from Shelton State Community College, Green was projected to start at first base and provide pop in the middle of the lineup. Overall though, he was a relative unknown.

ULM fans waiting for their formal introduction have not been disappointed.

The 6-3, 206-pound Tuscaloosa, Ala., native has hit safely in the first eight games this season for ULM and provided his most amazing performance yet in Sunday's 15-5 win over Northwestern State as he hit for the cycle with seven RBIs.

"What a feat," ULM coach Jeff Schexanaider said in his postgame radio interview Sunday evening. "I'm proud for him."

Green went 5-for-5 with two singles, a double, a triple and a three-run homer to boost his batting average to .545 on the young season. His slugging percentage is a gaudy .818.

Asked about his torrid hitting before Sunday's breakout, Green said, "I think it's been pretty good. I tried to get off to a good start with a new team."

ULM has topped 10 runs in a game four times already and Green has been the most consistent hitter. Delivering from the fifth spot in the order, Green has 18 hits, four doubles, four multiple-hit games and 11 RBIs.

"He seems to have a good at-bat every time," Schexnaider said. "He swings at good pitches."

Clearly Green is settling in as one of ULM's top hitters in 2011, and he's also feeling comfortable in a new town too.

"It's been a good experience," Green said. "It's a small town, so that's good. I just came here to play baseball, graduate and help this team win a championship."

Green arrived at ULM with impressive credentials. He helped lead Shelton State to the Junior College World Series and the Alabama State Championship as a sophomore when he hit .308 with six doubles, 34 runs scored, 34 RBIs and three home runs. As a freshman, Green batted .333 with a pair of doubles in seven games before an injury ended his year.

"I tore my ACL my first year there when we went to the juco world series and I didn't get to play," Green said. "Last year we had a good year as the state runner-up, a heartbreaking loss."

ULM coaches envisioned Green as a cornerstone bat in the lineup. Their recruiting pitch was successful in getting Green to sign with the Warhawks.

"When I came here, I liked the coaches," Green said. "They were really open and told me the truth. That's a big plus. They showed me their recruiting class and that was a big help. They brought some good guys in here. I'm just lucky to be a part of it."

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