WKU Takes 2-0 Series Lead Over ULM

It didn't matter who the Warhawks threw at Western Kentucky Saturday afternoon as the Hilltopper bats were hot while the WKU pitching staff was able to hold the ULM offense to just 2 runs on 6 hits. Held without a run through 4 innings WKU erupted for 14 in the next 3 innings.

Western Kentucky belted out 17 hits in a lopsided 14-1 victory over the ULM Warhawks Saturday afternoon and took the weekend series with 2 wins with tomorrows final to come.

ULM didn't help themselves as they committed four errors and were held to just 2 runs on 6 hits.

ULM starter Jordy Poche was on cruise control through the first four innings but was relieved in the bottom of the 5th after giving up 4 runs on just 3 hits. Poche struck out 3, walked 2, and hit 3 batters. As a team the Warhawks hit 5 WKU batters on the day.

ULM closer Derek Ward was called upon to stop the bleeding but did not fair well lasting just 1.1 innings giving up four runs on five hits. Josh Turner, Scott Stephen and Daniel McHenry finished the final 2.2 innings but also had trouble giving up 8 hits and 4 more runs.

WKU starter Matt Hightower was solid on the mound and the plate going 2/4 with an RBI and 3 runs scored. More importantly he held the Warhawks to one run on five hits in 5.2 innings pitched.

Matt Laird (1 hit), Jon Prevost (2 hits), Ryan McMillan (2 hits), and Kelvin York (1 hit) had the only hits on the day for the Warhawks with York driving in both runs.

ULM will try to salvage the final game tomorrow and stop a three game losing streak in the process.

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