There was a theme today at Warhawk park. Build a big lead and then hang on at the end. Like game two, the ULM Warhawks jumped out to a big lead only to see the Cajuns threaten that lead late in the game.
ULM jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the game scoring in five of the first six innings. Senior first baseman Matt Collins broke out of his mini slump with a 2 hit, 3 RBI day at the plate. Collins put the Warhawks on the board in the first inning when he singled right back up the middle scoring Boomer Blanchard who had doubled to lead off the game.
The Warhawks would extend that lead to 7-1when they put up a three spot in the bottom of the sixth with 2 outs. A Ben Soignier doubled to right field would score Boomer Blanchard who was on first after getting beaned. Collins then stepped to the plate and delivered a big 2 run single up the middle.
ULL however wouldn't go quietly as they scratched a run across in the seventh and 2 more in the eighth to cut the lead to three. The Cajuns would load the bases in the top of the ninth but Ben Soignier would be called on to close it out and he did just that. The All American struck out the side on 18 pitches picking up his 2nd save of the season in just his 2nd appearance of action.
Jordy Poche picked up his second win of the season giving up just seven hits and four runs in seven innings of work. The sophomore was very efficient tossing just 86 pitches. Luke Wagley took the loss for ULL giving up 4 runs (3 earned) in 4.2 innings of work.
With the win ULM (21-12 11-7 Sun Belt) moves 2 1/2 games ahead of ULL (17-15 8-9 Sun Belt) and has now won 5 of the last 6 meetings between the two schools. The Warhawks moved within a 1 1/2 games of league leader Middle Tennessee as the Blue Raiders split their double header with the FIU Panthers. The two teams meet next weekend. ULM has now won 11 of their last 13.