The Warhawks are peaking and at the right time. Having won six of their last 7 ULM took down their second straight foe from the Magnolia State. Last week it was Southern Mississippi, tonight it was the Bulldogs of Mississippi State 7-1. The 5th largest crowd of 3,673 witnessed the victory.
Starting pitchers Don Williams (ULM) and Forrest Moore (MSU) went toe to toe all night keeping batters off balance and combining to strike out 20. Moore was down right unhitable as he only allowed 2 base hits to the Warhawks. Moore struck out 11 and walked 5. His only mistake was a solo home run off the bat of ULM third baseman Nick Wade.
As dominate as Moore was though he started to run out of gas throwing 109 pitches. MSU elected to bring in Greg Hudson from the bullpen and that is when the flood gates opened. ULM hit Hudson hard for four runs on three hits as he was unable to record an out. Jared Wesson was called on to stop the bleeding but gave up a no doubt about 2 run homer to ULM center fielder Matt Laird.
MSU struck first in the contest when Ryan Duffey hit an opposite field solo home run in the top of the 3rd. It gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead until Nick Wade tied the game in the bottom of the 5th with his solo home run.
Pre season All American Ben Soignier was having a tough night at the plate going 0/3 with three strikeouts but he came up big once again when the game was on the line. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Soignier laced a double down the left field line that unloaded the bases giving ULM a 5-1 lead. Matt Laird put the finishing touches on the night with his 5th home run of the game that extended the lead to 7-1.
Don Williams was your player of the game as he tossed his second straight complete game of the season. Williams went the distance allowing just seven hits and one earned run. Don only walked one batter and struck out a season high 9.
A week after getting named Sun Belt pitcher of the week and Louisiana pitcher of the week, Don is making another strong case for this weeks award as well.
Nick Wade and Boomer Blanchard each finished with 2 hits a piece.