In a nut shell:Joey Cesario’s infield hit with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning scored the winning run as ULM outlasted Texas-San Antonio 3-2 on Friday.
An opening night crowd of 1,527 watched a pitcher’s duel at Warhawk Field. The Warhawks (1-0) collected nine hits while UTSA had 7. ULM held UTSA scoreless over the final eight innings after surrendering two in the first.
Cesario, who came in for Jarrett Hammond at catcher, hit a dribbler that the UTSA short stop couldn’t corral to push Joey Rapp across with the decisive run.
Arms race ULM threw its three top pitchers at UTSA and struck out 13 Roadrunners. ULM starting pitcher Drew Granier allowed four hits and two earned runs in four innings. He struck out six and walked four while hitting one batter. UTSA scored twice in the first off Granier. James Jones, projected as a weekend starter this season, added five Ks in 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. Wil Browning collected the win by finishing up with 1 1/3 innings.
Heavy metal: Former West Monroe standout Les Aulds led ULM with three hits in five at-bats. Caleb Clowers went 2-for-3 with a double.
Did you catch this? Recovering from offseason shoulder surgeries, both Kelvin York and Matt Laird got in the game as subs. York walked in a pinch hit while Laird came in as a pinch runner and defensive sub in center.
Weird stat of the day: The two teams combined to strand 25 runners in the game. ULM left 15 runners on base while UTSA had 10 LOB.
Scattered hits: New ULM president Nick Bruno threw out the first pitch. … Opening Day lineup and order featured Aulds in left, Sy at short, Clowers at second, Rapp in right, Green at first, Poche as DH, Edwards at third, Hammond at catcher and Ardoin in center. … ULM donned their 1980s throwback jerseys. … The Warhawks are wearing new adidas caps this season. … First pitch for Saturday’s double-header is 1 p.m.