MONROE, La. (3/23/18) – The Arkansas State baseball team got a solid pitching performance, but couldn’t solve the ULM pitching staff in a 2-0 loss Friday night to open a three-game set at Warhawk Field in Monroe, La.

ULM (12-9, 2-2 SBC) was able to score single runs in the third and seventh innings and that was all they would need. The first came around on a sacrifice fly by Johnny DeLaCruz after Pierce Khan reached on an error to the begin the third inning. The second run was in the bottom of the seventh when Brendan Jordan tripled on a ball that was just out of a diving Logan Andersen’s reach in center field and he came home on a RBI single by Khan.

A-State (8-11, 0-4 SBC) starter Bradey Welsh posted his third quality start of the season with seven innings pitched and just two runs allowed (one earned). The Marshfield, Mo., native allowed eight hits and struck out five with no walks. Bo Ritter tossed a scoreless eighth out of the bullpen.

The Red Wolves threatened by putting two runners on base in the seventh and eighth innings, but couldn’t push across a run either time. Winston Welch walked before Andrew Leggo was hit by a pitch with one out in the top of the seventh, but two strikeouts ended the threat. Grant Hawkins led off the eighth with a single and Caleb Squire was hit by a pitch to put A-State in the same situation, but a foul out followed by a sharply hit ball by Andersen right at the left fielder quelled that one.

Chase Bear earned the win for ULM with 5.2 innings and no runs allowed on two hits with six strikeouts and two walks. The Warhawks’ bullpen of Miles Dunn, Cole Gray, and Keegan Curtis combined to shutout the Red Wolves over the final 3.1 innings.

Leggo reached base three times for A-State and had one of the team’s three hits in the contest. Tobias Johnson hit a double to account for the only extra-base hit of the game for the visitors.

Arkansas State and ULM resume play Saturday afternoon in game two of the series at 2 p.m.

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