The Warhawk Baseball team travels to Kentucky to face the Hilltoppers for a 3 game series between two of the best in the Sunbelt. After almost winning at home over Southern Mississippi this past Wednesday, the Warhawks face another challenge in Western Kentucky. The preseason polls picked the Hilltoppers to win the Sunbelt this year.
The Warhawks are currently leading the all time series with WKU 4-3, but split last year, going 2-2 for the season against the Hilltoppers.
The first game is set to start Friday at 6:00 PM. WKU will throw Matt Ridings, who has a stunning 2-0 record with a 0.00 ERA. ULM will counter with our "ACE" Keith Christensen, who has a record of 1-0 and a stellar ERA of 1.64. The second game will be played Saturday at 3:00 PM. Matt Hightower will get the nod for WKU, while Jordy Poche will start for your Warhawks. The final game at Nick Denes Field is set for Sunday at 1:00 PM. Neither team has decided on who they will pitch for the final game.
I wasn't able to make it to the game Wednesday against Southern Mississippi, but was told that there was a great crowd. Of course I was disappointed with the outcome of the game, which is expected. Tim Rightsell from the "Hawk House" in the "left field lounge" posted on the ULM.Scout.com forum the day after the game that sums things up. "I can promise you one thing. When Southern Miss walked off that field, they knew they had been in a fight. They threw everything they had at us."
ULM may be 6-2 on the season, which stands alone as a great record. The Warhawks could just as easily be 8-0 to date. Both games were lost in the top of the 10th. If you remember back to the season opener, ULM had runners on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. Not pushing that run across the plate cost us the game. Wednesday night, during the bottom of the 8th, ULM had two runners on base as well, with no outs, but couldn't get the timely hit that would have been the go ahead run.
According to the ULMAthletics.com website, live stats and radio will be available for the games. I am looking forward to a great series this weekend and then making the trip to Monroe to watch the Warhawks take on the University of New Orleans next weekend.
Go Warhawk Baseball!
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