The Bearkats got another great pitching performance and this time had the offense to back it up. Justin Jackson and Brandon Bergen combined on a one-hitter and the Kats put nine runs on the board in a 9-1 win over Louisiana-Monroe.
The Kats (4-2) busted out the bats early, putting five runs on the board in the opening frame. Ryan O’Hearn got the scoring going with a single to score Colt Atwood and Luke Plucheck. After an error by the Warhawks allowed John Hale to score, Shea Pierce doubled home Kevin Miller and O’Hearn. The Kats chased ULM starting pitcher Alex Hermeling after facing just six hitters in the first without recording an out.
It was all the scoring starting pitcher Jackson (2-0) needed. He allowed a single in the fourth and the only run of the game came on a home run by the Warhawks (5-2) to lead off the fifth. Freshman hurler Bergen come on and pitched three innings of shutout ball without allowing a hit to pick up the save.
After the homer in the fifth by the Warhawks, the Kats responded in the top half of the sixth inning. Corey Toups doubled and Plucheck followed with the first home run of the season by the Kats to put them up 7-1.
The Bearkats totaled 13 hits for the game, with Hale and O’Hearn each picking up three.
The Kats and Warhawks will conclude the three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m.