MONROE, La.—On a night when Ben Soignier played all nine positions in the field, it was what he did at the plate that made the crowd at Warhawk Field get on their feet. The senior All-American tied the ULM career doubles record and hit a towering three-run home run as the Warhawks defeated Houston Baptist 11-7 Friday night.
Soignier finished the night 3-for-4 with three RBIs to pull within eight hits of the all-time ULM hits record. Nick Wade homered in his fourth straight game and finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored and Jordy Poche was 2-for-3 after entering the game in the fifth inning.
Houston Baptist took a 4-2 lead into the fourth inning, but the Warhawks (27-25) plated a run in that inning and the fifth inning to tie the game. ULM then exploded for six runs in the sixth inning to stake a 10-5 lead.
Soignier started the game behind the plate and made his way around the field before finishing the game on the mound. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning and struck out two batters. Corey Brown (3-2) picked up the win for the Warhawks throwing three innings in relief of Justin Anderson. Brown allowed two runs on three hits to go with three strikeouts.
Tristan Gaines (1-7) took the loss for Houston Baptist (10-36) allowing nine runs – seven earned – on 10 hits over 5.1 innings.
The teams continue the three-game series tomorrow at 6 p.m. ULM will honors its eight seniors at 5:35 and will recognize the 1983 Southland Conference Championship team throughout the game.
The game will be broadcast live on 1680 AM in the Monroe area and worldwide on the internet at ulmathletics.com. Fans can also watch the game on Warhawks All*Access by logging onto ulmathletics.com.