By: Mike Hammett/ULM Athletics
SAN MARCOS, Texas – Grant Schulz wasn’t within the lineup Friday evening at Bobcat Ballpark. However the junior was prepared for his alternative. Following an harm to Danny DeSimone within the third inning, Schulz entered the sport at third base and made a pair of key defensive performs whereas including a two-out RBI double as ULM held off a rally by Texas State for a 6-5 win Friday evening. “You’ve got simply received to be prepared at any second,” Schulz mentioned. “I do know if I’d have went to the bench, they might’ve had my again. After I received the decision to go in there, I used to be prepared.” Schulz cleanly performed a pair of floor balls within the fourth and fifth innings, however his largest play got here within the ninth inning. With the ULM (10-8 total, 3-1 Solar Belt Convention) lead right down to a run, Texas State’s Jose Gonzales hit a gentle liner with loads of spin to the left aspect of the infield. Schulz made the cease on the run, spun and threw a strike to Wiley Cleland at first base for the second out of the inning, main into the 6-5 win over the Bobcats (9-14, 0-4). “I believed he hit it loads more durable,” Schulz mentioned of the play. “When it got here off the bat, it actually did not seem to be that. I simply needed to react and make a play.” “I count on each considered one of our guys to be prepared once they get their title known as in any alternative,” ULM head coach Michael Federico mentioned. “We had a extremely good observe final evening. Grant had an excellent evening of observe. It is good to have some versatility and have the ability to transfer some guys round. He wanted that and we additionally wanted that from him. I do know he had the massive double, however these defensive performs he made have been spectacular. That ball was spinning so loopy. I do not understand how he fielded it and nonetheless received his fingers on it.” Schulz’s play helped seal ULM’s first series-opening win of the season. ULM had dropped the sport of every of its first 4 weekend collection. “It means every little thing,” Schulz mentioned. “We will lastly really feel like we begin on prime and simply preserve this momentum going and put the foot on the gasoline pedal and do not let up.” ULM took benefit of some early Texas State errors to take the lead for good. Hint Henry was hit by a pitch to guide off the sport and ultimately scored on Ryan Humeniuk’s sacrifice fly. DeSimone’s RBI single to left scored Holt for the 2-0 benefit. With two runners on base and two outs, Michael Cervanteshit a fly ball to the left centerfield hole, however Texas State centerfielder Isaiah Ortega-Jones dropped the ball, permitting each DeSimone and Travis Washburn to attain for the 4-0 lead. “(Texas State beginning pitcher Zachary) Leigh is a dominating Friday evening man,” Federico mentioned. “To have the ability to put these runs on there put slightly wind in our sail. We have been capable of capitalize and put the massive inning collectively. We received some huge two-out hits.” It gave Warhawk beginning pitcher Cam Barlow quite a lot of confidence. “What helped me in the beginning was going on the market with a four-run lead,” Barlow mentioned. “It makes every little thing extra comfy. My protection helped me out loads as nicely.” Barlow (3-2) earned his third win of the season by throwing 5 innings, giving up two runs on 4 hits with three walks and 6 strikeouts. “Cam settled in and hung some zeroes in there and did not hand over the massive inning,” Federico mentioned. Texas State received on the board with a two-out RBI single by Justin Thompson within the third inning. The 2 sides traded runs within the fifth and sixth innings with Schulz’s RBI double within the fifth and Henry’s RBI single within the sixth for ULM. The Bobcats added two runs within the eighth inning off of Bryce Bonner’s house run and Cole Coffey’s sacrifice fly. Carson Orton got here in to retire the ultimate six hitters of the sport to earn his second save of the season. “That is what Friday evening baseball is like,” Federico mentioned. “To have the ability to win feels good, however we nonetheless have to remain centered. We have to discover a option to win the collection now.” Holt had two hits to guide ULM, whereas Bonner had two hits for Texas State. The collection continues at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Hyperlinks to dwell video, audio and stats can be found at ULMWarhawks.com.