MONROE, La. – ULM's softball team avoided the sweep on Sunday (Mar.18) when they defeated Troy, 6-4 behind a big-first inning and four RBI from junior Brie Wrobel.
"I'm happy with our performance as a team today," said head softball coach Corey Lyon. "The girls stayed competitive and bounced back from yesterday's losses. We were more aggressive at the plate and more sound in the field and that really helped us maintain control of the game."
The Warhawks wasted no time making up for lost runs in game three of the weekend series, scoring four runs in the first inning and taking a 4-1 lead.
Sydney McKay would be the first to score for ULM, stealing home on a wild pitch after reaching on a lead-off walk.
The bases would be loaded for Wrobel as she stepped up to the plate and sends it to the fence in right field. Wrobel would score Ana Hogan, Cheyanne Lyon, and Rochelle Roberts on the hit.
ULM would tack on another run in the third inning off the bat of Wrobel once again. Wrobel would score Ana Hogan on a hard hit RBI-single down the left-field line. Hogan reached on a left-center double earlier in the inning.
Wrobel's four RBI are a season high for the junior catcher out of Justin, Texas- who hit 2-3 on the day in her second straight multi-hit game.
McKay started the fourth inning burning up the bases with a triple to right field, she would score on the next pitch as Mount connects to send it through the middle and give the Warhawks a five-run lead after four innings.
The fifth inning would bring three more runs for the Trojans as they would cut the Warhawks lead, 6-4 after a three-run homerun by Troy's Stephanie Snyder.
ULM and Troy would both go scoreless in the sixth inning, as each team would go down in order at the plate.
Top of the seventh inning, senior Paige Murray would strike out the first of Troy's batters, send one back to the dugout with a center-field fly ball, and sit down the last with infield pop-up to first base.
Murray finished her seven innings of work in her fifth start of the season and her first complete game of the season. The Trojans managed seven hits against Murray, as she earned her fifth win in the circle.
"Paige looked really good out there today, she stayed calm throughout the game and was able to collect herself in tough situations and really showed what a force she can be in the circle," Lyon said.
ULM had eight hits in the win, with two each from Mount and Wrobel. Roberts' lone hit continues her hit-streak, now at 15 consecutive games.
The Warhawks hold onto their winning record as they advance to 12-11 overall and 2-4 in conference play. The team will load the buses next weekend (Mar.24-25) and head to Statesboro, Georgia to face Georgia Southern in Sun Belt conference play.
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