The Bobcats Sweep ULM in Statement Win

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By Mark Brown and Connor MacKinnon
Assistant Sports Director and Sports Reporter

Game 1

The Bobcats kicked off the Louisiana-Monroe series on a good note by sweeping them 3-0. The ‘Cats managed to decimate the Warhawks 5-1 Friday night, but it didn’t happen until the last two innings! The game started off slow as the Bobcats were able to score one run during the first inning. The Warhawks retaliated, scoring their own run during the third inning.

The game remained tied 1-1 until the seventh inning when the Bobcats scored two runs in a row increasing it to 3-1. Special thanks to the infielder standout, Jaxon Williams, by executing a crucial single. The Bobcats extended their lead to four in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly ball from the senior infielder Ryan Newman and a successful safety squeeze by the senior outfielder Jacob Almendarez. Junior pitcher Zachary Leigh got himself into a one out jam in the ninth inning.

Junior pitcher Nicholas Fraze went three-for-two and picked up the victory after throwing seven innings, tying his season-high. He struck out four while holding back the Warhawks to one run on three hits. The junior outfielder Will Hollis went two-for-three with a RBI to stretch his reached base streak to 16 games. Sophomore infielder Dalton Shuffield also had two base knocks while stealing his sixth base of the season. Both Almendarez and Williams drove in a run and scored once.

Game 2

Saturday’s game started off good but ended with a nail-biting 6-5 win. The ‘Cats managed to rack up a 6-2 lead over the Warhawks by the eighth inning. The ninth inning became very interesting as the Warhawks rallied a comeback scoring three runs in a row to close the gap 6-5.

The majority of this game proposed itself as a defensive one until the magic emanated from the Warhawks at the bitter end.

Sophomore pitcher Hunter McMahon picked up the win going 3-2 after throwing five innings with five strikeouts. He did give up a run on three hits and walked five. Senior pitcher Brayden Theriot earned his second save of the season and the ninth of his career when he struck out the final batter of the game.

Hollis went two-for-three with a run scored for his fourth consecutive multi-hit game and stretch his reached base streak to 17 games. The Bobcats hit a season-high of three home runs with one each coming off the likes of the senior infielder Jaylen Hubbard, senior catcher Felipe Rodriguez and senior outfielder Skyler Valentine.

Game 3

The ‘Cats put on a firework display for all whom attended the game at Bobcat Ballpark this Sunday. The Bobcats dominated the Warhawks 13-1 in seven innings.

Most of the action started off in the fifth inning when ULM tied the score at the top of the fifth 1-1. The Maroon and Gold would respond with five runs at the bottom of the fifth to give the ‘Cats a 6-1 lead.

With the lead blooming at 9-1 at the bottom of the seventh, Newman hit a grand slam to finish off the Warhawks 13-1. This was the first grand slam of the season for the Bobcats.

In addition to the tremendous scoring from the plate, senior pitcher Connor Reich went 4-0 and had a day from the mound as he had a season high of eight strikeouts as he pitched in all seven innings. The same could not be said for ULM as head coach Michael Federico had to change pitchers five times throughout the game. The Warhawks could not stop the bleeding as Reich shut down any hopes of ULM making a comeback.

Shuffield, Williams, and Newman each had two base hits. Hubbard stole five bases for the day. Newman also had a five RBIs, which was a game high. Valentine, senior outfielder Travon Benton, and Hubbard each scored two runs. Hollis continued his reached base streak to 18 games.

The Bobcats have their first series sweep since last year against UTA. The ‘Cats now have a winning streak of three as they look to continue their momentum heading into Tuesday’s game against Rice at 6 p.m. in Bobcat Ballpark.

You can follow all the action at KTSW 89.9 for more details and updates.

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