MONROE, La. MONROE, La. – The ULM baseball team posted two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull within two runs, but left 12 total runners on base throughout the night as the visiting Ragin' Cajuns handed the Warhawks a 5-3 defeat on Friday night.
Score: Ragin' Cajuns 5, ULM 3
Location: Warhawk Field / Monroe, La.
Teams: ULM (12-42, 6-23 SBC)
Ragin' Cajuns (34-20-1, 18-10-1 SBC)
-With ULM trailing by one run at 5-1 in the bottom of the sixth, the Warhawks loaded the bases with two outs on a leadoff single and a two-out walk before Cajun reliever Wyatt Marks struck out Cade Stone to end the threat. The Warhawks stranded at least one runner in all nine innings on Friday night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Cajuns opened up the scoring with Steven Sensley's two-run homer in the top of the first inning before going on to add two additional runs in the frame, via RBI single and a run scoring double, to jump out to a 4-0 lead.
-ULM cut into the deficit in the bottom of the fourth when Spencer Hemphill led off the inning with a single and came around to score on Tyler Cox's RBI double to deep center field.
-The visitors responded in the top of the fifth on Kennon Fontenot's solo home run to extend the lead to 5-1 before the Warhawks made their push in the bottom of the seventh. In the frame, Hemphill reached with a two-out single before Chad Bell tripled to right center field and then scored moments later on Cox's base hit back up the middle to pull ULM to within two runs.
-Brian Barefoot would go on to draw a leadoff walk in the eighth and Bell drew a two-out walk in the ninth, but nothing would come of either for the Warhawks to close the game out.
-ULM finished with 10 hits as a team, including a three-hit night from Bell, while Cox finished with two hits and a pair of RBI and Hemphill added two hits of his own. Anthony Herrera, Turner Francis and Cade Harper all tallied one hit.
-Warhawk senior starting pitcher Josh Leone was saddled with the loss in his final outing, allowing five runs on eight hits 4 1/3 innings of work with four strikeouts to close his collegiate career.
-The Cajuns were led by Brenn Conrad's three hits, while Joe Robbins, Handsome Monica and Fontenot each had two hits. Starter Colten Schmidt earned the win after 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run on seven hits and four walks.
-The series with the Ragin' Cajuns wraps up with a 2:00 p.m. start on Saturday afternoon on Senior Day. Pregame ceremonies are expected to begin at approximately 1:30 p.m. on the field.