MOBILE, Ala. — Eighth-seeded UL-Monroe had its run end in the Sun Belt Conference Baseball Tournament Friday, and it ended in an unlikely way.
Texas State had hit only 25 home runs as a team during the season, but the Bobcats had three in the final three innings in taking a 4-2 victory to eliminate the Warhawks (23-36) from the double-elimination tournament.
Tanner Hill’s two-run homer in the sixth provided the first runs of the game for the Bobcats (30-27) off ULM starter Alex Dumaine (3-7), after the Warhawks had taken a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Dalton Herrington’s two-out double and an RBI single by Ross Moore.
Corey Geisler added a solo shot to lead off the seventh and Austin O’Neal led off the eighth with another solo homer, both off ULM reliever Josh Leone, as the Bobcats advanced to a 9 a.m. Saturday contest with top-seeded Louisiana-Lafayette.
Texas State, which lost to the Ragin’ Cajuns 11-4 Thursday, will have to beat UL-Lafayette twice on Saturday to advance to the Sunday 1 p.m. championship game.
Austen Williams (8-3) scattered seven hits over eight innings and fanned seven ULM hitters in getting the victory. The Warhawks threatened in the ninth when Kodie Tidwell walked, Justin Stawychny doubles and Jacob Stockton had a sacrifice fly, but reliever Hunter Lemke got two final outs to end the threat.
ARKANSAS STATE 12, TROY 0 (7 INNINGS): The third-seeded Red Wolves exploded for eight runs in the sixth inning to take a mercy-rule win in seven innings over the Trojans, getting revenge for a first-round 4-3 Troy win.
Dustin Jones’ first home run of the year gave ASU (32-26) a 3-0 win in the fourth inning, and the Red Wolves led 4-0 entering the bottom of the sixth before eight straight batters reached base in a four-hit inning in which the Trojans (25-32) also committed three errors.
The Wolves had five of their eight hits go for extra bases.
Chandler Hawkins (5-5) recorded three outs in the top of the seventh to finish off a complete-game three-hitter, with the junior left-hander allowing only five base runners and only one to reach third base.
The win puts the Red Wolves into a 12:30 p.m. Saturday game against second-seeded UT Arlington.
Arkansas State will have to beat UTA twice on Saturday to reach Sunday’s final game.