Streaks were made to be broken. And so it was at Warhawk Field on Thursday as ULM baseball downed UL-Lafayette 6-3 to snap a 25-game losing streak in conference play to the Ragin’ Cajuns.
Former Cajun pitcher Trey Jean, a transfer to ULM, pitched seven great innings and recorded 9 strikeouts for the Warhawks.
Chad Bell carried the big stick again for ULM with a 3-for-4 night and 3 RBIs. Andrew Beesley, Ryan Humeniuk, and Jordan Brendan had RBIs for the Warhawks.
The series will continue at Warhawk field at 6 p.m. Friday and then 2 p.m. Saturday will conclude the series and the regular season for each team.
In Track & Field news, sophomore javelin thrower Cole McKnight recently won his second straight title with a throw of 202-5 in the Sun Belt Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
In golf, ULM sophomore Jahaanvie Walia was named Sun Belt Women’s Golf Newcomer of the Year.
Walia was Top 12 in four of the nine tournaments she played this season. Walia won the F&M Bank APSU with a 217 and was first women’s golfer at ULM to win an individual tournament since Alison Knowles in 2014.
The ULM baseball team fell 5-0 to Louisiana Tech. ULM could not find the timely hitting the it used to beat the Bulldogs in Ruston a few weeks ago.
Ryan Humeniuk went 1-for-4 with a double and Andrew Beesley was 2-for-4 to lead the Warhawks at the plate.
Cole Martin took the loss after giving up 2 runs on six hits. Cole Gray pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in relief.
The Warhawks host a three-game conference series against UALR beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. then Friday at 6 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.
In golf action, ULM was red hot and defeated two SEC teams – Ole Miss and Vanderbilt to win the Old Waverly Championship in West Point, Mississippi. Fanonnel Guillaume and Andoni Etchenique led the Warhawks.
In softball news, ULM lost to Mississippi Valley State 9-8 on Tuesday and will host a three-game series beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. against South Alabama.
The ULM baseball team saw its final game of a three-game Sun Belt Conference series cancelled due to rain at Appalachian State on Sunday. ULM lost two games to App. State and will return to Monroe to host Louisiana Tech on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Congratulations are in order for former Warhawk basketball guard Daishon Smith. Smith was named to the LSWA All-Louisiana First-Team College Basketball and state newcomer of the year. Smith was a senior when he arrived as a transfer from Witchita State and sat out 1 season before becoming in the only Division I player in America to average at least 20.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.0 steals per game in the 2018-2019 season.
The ULM volleyball team won a pair of matches this weekend with a 5-0 win over Spring Hill College and 3-2 over UNO.
The ULM baseball team lost Game 1 of a double header at Appalachian State 10-8 on Saturday after ASU scored five runs in the bottom of the eight inning to pull out the win.
ULM took a 8-5 lead after their own five-run frame in the top of the eighth inning. Joey Jordan, Trent Tingelstad, and Chad Bell hit doubles for ULM.
The Warhawks took a 3-1 lead early in the second game before it was postponed due to fog. The game resumes at 10 a.m. Sunday in the third inning.
In football news, the top returning wide receiver for ULM, RJ Turner, announced via social media on Saturday he has graduated early and will transfer prior to his last year of eligibility.
The news is a tough blowas ULM needed Turner, the most experienced returning wide receiver and one surely going to be featured in the offense in 2019. It is certainly one that is a head scratcher that we will have more on in the coming weeks.
The ULM football team closed spring football with a good practice inside Malone Stadium on Friday and the annual Spring Game.
ULM moved the game to 6 p.m. Friday as well as the alumni crawfish boil due to expected heavy rain moving into town on Saturday.
“I thought the competitive spirit was good,” ULM coach Matt Viator said. “Everybody was having some fun and playing football.”
A great two-minute drill and balanced running attack were highlights of the starting offense led by senior quarterback Caleb Evans.
The defense forced two turnovers and even special teams had a good night including a 43-yard field goal by kicker Jacob Meeks in the closing seconds.
Evans was 14-of-19 for 154 yards and one scoring drive that saw running back Josh Johnson run for 19-yards on the drive before closing it out on a three-yard touchdown scamper. Meeks made the PAT kick.
In baseball news, ULM lost 3-2 at Appalachian State in the three-game series opener. Ryan Humanlike hit a home run to lead ULM. Trey Jeans took the loss. Rain in the forecast in Boone, NC this weekend will alter the series. The teams will try to play a double header Saturday with first-pitch at 9 a.m.
The ULM Softball team fell 8-7 at Texas-Arlington on Friday. A six-run frame in the bottom of the seventh inning erased a 7-1 Warhawk lead.
Jayden Mount went 4-of-5 with 2 RBI while Sydney McKay was 3-of-5 at the plate for ULM. Game 2 is Saturday at 1 p.m. in Arlington.
The ULM athletics department introduced Brooks Williams as the next head coach of Warhawks women’s basketball on Thursday.
Williams spent nine seasons as head coach at McNeese State in Lake Charles sending two teams to the NCAA tournament and winning 161 games (tops at McNeese All-time) at a school that also produced current ULM football coach Matt Viator who was a teacher at Jennings High School in the late 1990s when Williams was a student-athlete.
Williams spent the past three seasons as one of the top assistant coaches to former NLU/ULM great Kristy Curry at Alabama.
Alabama had a pair of 20 win seasons while Williams was on staff.
In baseball action, ULM starts a three-game series at Appalachian State Friday at 1 p.m. after its big bats and some nifty pitching sent ULM to its fifth consecutive win 8-4 over Nothwestern State on Wednesday.
Trent Tinglestad hit two homers and current home run leader Chad Bell belted a homer of his own to lead the Warhawks.
Conner Deeds got the win with three scoreless innings of relief over three complete innings. Miles Dunn and Landon Longsworth pitched 1 scoreless inning each.
ULM now tries to keep its 4-game conference winning streak going against the Mountaineers with the first game airing live on 1680 AM in the Monroe area.
In tennis action, ULM defeated ULL Ragin’ Cajuns for the 10th straight time. The following recap is from ulmwarhawks.com:
MONROE, La. – ULM defeated the Ragin' Cajuns, 4-1, in Sun Belt women's tennis action Wednesday (April 10) afternoon, extending its winning streak over ULL to 10 consecutive matches (since 2010).
ULM (10-4, 5-3 Sun Belt) grabbed the first victory in doubles play when No. 2 pair Shivani Manjanna and Maria Cueto triumphed over Dana Radovanovic and Milena Achlamov, 6-2. The Ragin’ Cajuns answered with a 6-1 win by the No. 3 doubles team of Floriane Picaut and AK Harvey, who defeated Florencia Salerno and Jimena Garbino. ULL (6-13, 1-7) snagged the doubles point when No. 1 pair Ai Noa Fabre and Hoda Habib battled past Emilia Alfaro and Tiffany Phaysouphan by a 6-3 margin.
The Warhawks tied the match at 1-1 as Alfaro emerged with a straight-sets victory over Picaut, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. Garbino gave ULM a 2-1 lead, thanks to her straight-sets win at No. 4 singles over Fabre, 6-3, 6-4. Cueto followed with another straight-sets victory, this one coming at the No. 5 position over ULL’s Morgan Forshag, 6-1, 6-3.
Manjanna’s second win of the afternoon came in three sets over Radovanovic, 6-0, 5-7, 6-3 at No. 2 singles, securing the team victory and pushing ULM’s win streak to 10 matches in a row over the Ragin’ Cajuns.
The Warhawks conclude the Sun Belt regular-season schedule at Arkansas State on Saturday, April 13.
A big day on the ball field this weekend for ULM baseball and softball. The Warhawk baseball team is 2-0 this weekend in a conference three-game series at Georgia State. ULM won the first game 16-8 before winning Game 2 on Saturday 10-3.
The ULM offense has been hot as of late with 42 runs in the last 4 games. Joey Jordan, Chade Bell, Andrew Beesley, and Ryan Humenuik had 2 hits a piece in the Saturday victory. Ty Barnes got the win on Saturday with 5 strong innings on the mound, surrendering just 3 runs. Jacob Barton pitched the final 4 innings and tossed a shutout. The series concludes on Sunday beginning at 12 p.m. on KMLB 105,7 FM.
In softball action, ULM split a doubleheader on Friday with Georgia Southern - 14-13 in Game 1 and lost Game 2, 9-1. Jayden Mount and Korie Kreps belted out 3 hits each.
ULM baseball is back in Sun Belt Conference action Friday at 5 p.m. versus Georgia State in Atlanta. ULM has won 5 of its last 8 games and is looking to to win its second straight SBC series after taking 2-of-3 from Georgia Southern last weekend.
The Warhawks (11-18, 2-7) is led at the plate by Trent Tinglestad with a .369 average to go along with a team-high 9 doubles and team-high 2 triples (along with Chad Bell) as well as second in home runs (3).
Trey Jeans is expected to get the start on the bump for the Warhawks.
In softball news, ULM hosts Georgia Southern at 1 p.m. to start a three-game series at Warhawk Softball Complex. ULM is coming off a 5-4 win at Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond this week and tries for its first conference series win of the season.
Lastly, in football news, the season ticket renew and new season ticket sales have begun. Call 318-342-3ULM for more information.