Five-Run Inning Powers ULM over Golden Eagles
March 22, 2011
MONROE, La. - Louisiana-Monroe homered twice in a five-run second inning as the Warhawks defeated No. 25 Southern Miss 7-2 here Tuesday night.
The Golden Eagles (15-4) lost for the first time during the final game of its five-game road swing.
B.A. Vollmuth led Southern Miss with three hits as the Golden Eagles plated both of their runs in the seventh. Ashley Graeter, who led off the frame with a single, came home on a double play ground out by Tyler Koelling. Vollmuth then notched RBI single to complete the Golden Eagle scoring.
ULM threatened in the first inning off starter Jackson Posey who walked the first two batters to start the game, but pitched the Golden Eagle pitched around the trouble.
Posey, though, was not so fortunate in the second. After getting the first batter to pop out, ULM's Caleb Knox walked and Matt Laird singled. Jeremy Sy then put the Warhawks up with a three-run home run to leftfield. Les Aulds then followed with a solo shot to rightfield and that ended Posey's outing.
The freshman allowed four runs on three hits and three walks over 1 1/3 innings with one strikeout to suffer the loss to fall to 1-1.
Dillon Day threw the final 6 2/3 of relief for the Golden Eagles as he allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and four walks with six strikeouts in his longest outing of his career.
ULM starter Wil Browning threw six-plus innings and limited Southern Miss to two runs on six hits and two walks with five punchouts to improve to 2-1.
The Warhawks (13-6) added a run in the fifth on a passed ball and another tally in the seventh on a Jordy Porche RBI single.
The Golden Eagles return to action Wednesday night when they play host to South Alabama in a 6 p.m., contest at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field. The game is a make up from a March 8 rainout. Fans with tickets from that date are asked to use them for admission for the game.
Southern Miss women's track and field standout Tori Bowie will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Bowie recently won the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championship in the Long Jump.