In a nut shell:James Jones provided stonewall pitching and ULM parlayed eight walks and three errors into five unearned runs in a 6-2 win over New Orleans (4-11, 0-4) Friday night at Warhawk Field. ULM (8-9, 2-2 in Sun Belt) scored three unearned runs on one hit in the first inning, taking advantage of an error by the UNO second baseman. The Warhawks built a 6-0 lead through five innings on just three hits.
Arms race Another strong start for Jones, who struck out a career-high 10 over eight innings. The tall righty allowed five hits, two earned runs and walked two. In his last three starts, Jones has gone 25 innings, fanned 24 and given up just five runs on 14 hits. A couple of big league scouts, one from the Mets, were in the stands watching his performance. Helping his own cause, Jones made an incredible snag on a head-high line drive up the middle in the seventh. < /p>
Heavy metal: Nice night for DH Josh Gill, who was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Gill has been one of ULM’s toughest outs lately.
Gift of grab: Nick Wade leaped high to spear a hot liner off the bat of UNO’s Rodarrick Jones for the third out of the sixth inning. With two runs on the board in the inning and runners on second and third, Wade’s glove work kept UNO from scoring two more runs for an even bigger frame.
Did you catch this? Boomer Blanchard went 0-for-4, marking the first time in his ULM career that he has gone back-to-back games without a hit.
Weird stat of the day: UNO starting pitcher John Pivach lowered his ERA to 2.88 from 3.50 with his seven innings. Pivach allowed six runs but only one was earned.
Infield chatter: “We only got four hits in the ball game, but I was proud of the way we played. We played with some emotion and we put a little pressure on them in a couple of innings. We made them make mistakes.” – ULM coach Jeff Schexnaider.
Scattered hits: Pitch magnet Nick Wade was plunked in the first inning. It was the 27th HBP of his career. … UNO left fielder Rodarrick Jones and ULM’s Kelvin York are cousins. … ULM has eight straight wins over UNO… With rain in the forecast, today’s game has been moved up to 1 p.m. Drew Granier (2-0, 4.63) starts for ULM.