The ULM Warhawks got another strong pitching performance from Louisiana's back to back pitcher of the week Don Williams in a 16-7 win over rival Louisiana-Lafayette Friday night. The 6'3 junior pitched 8 innings, giving up a season high 12 hits but only one earned run. ULM committed an uncharacteristic 5 errors in the game leading to 6 unearned runs in the contest.
The Warhawks scored in every inning but the seventh and finished with 17 hits snapping ULL's seven game win streak. Cajun starter Alex Fuselier threw just 46 pitches and was lifted for Blake Haagan.
Haagan took the loss tossing 2 innings giving up three hits and four earned runs. With the Warhawks nursing a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the 5th, Haagan got Ryan McMillan to fly out but walked the next two batters. Perry Smith then doubled to right field scoring Nick Wade and moving Jordy Poche to third base. Boomer Blanchard then singled to left scoring Poche giving ULM a 9-5 lead.
The Cajuns picked up two runs in the top of the first to take a 2-0. In the top of the third ULL struck for three more runs on just 2 hits as the Warhawks were lending a helping hand with two fielding errors and two wild pitches.
Travis Whipple (4/4), Scott Hawkins (2/5), and Greg Fontenot (3/4) accounted for 9 of the Cajuns 13 hits in the contest.
With the win ULM has won nine of their last 11 and 6 of 8 in conference. The Warhawks move a half a game in front on the Cajuns and currently sit 2 1/2 games out of league leader Middle Tennesse. The Blue Raiders will play a double header today against FIU.
Short stop Ben Soignier led the hit attack for ULM with four and finished with 3 RBI's pushing his total to 40 on the season. Perry Smith had a big night with 3 hits scoring 2 runs and driving in a career high 5 RBI's. Jordy Poche and Jon Prevost combined to go 6/8 with 2 RBI's and score 5 runs. Nick Wade hit the games only home run, a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the 2nd. Wade scored four times in the contest and was hit by a pitch for the 9th time this season.
Keith Christensen pitched a scoreless ninth for the Warhawks giving up one hit, one walk, and striking out 1.
The two teams will play a doubleheader today starting at 1PM and then again at 4 PM.