MONROE, La.—ULM hit five home runs and Boomer Blanchard pounded out four hits as the Warhawks defeated Harvard 11-8 Monday afternoon in non-conference action at Warhawk Field.
Blanchard, Jon Prevost, Matt Laird, Chris Sinclair and Kelvin York all hit homers for the Warhawks (12-10) as they improved to 10-4 at home this season. Prevost’s two-run shot was his sixth of the season and fifth in the last six games, while Blanchard’s home run was his fifth of the season and fourth in the last six games.
After Harvard (2-11) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, the Warhawks exploded for nine runs over the next three innings. Prevost opened the scoring with his two-run home run in the third and Matt Collins extended the lead to 3-1 with a double to left field to score Ben Soignier.
Blanchard and Prevost led off the fifth with back-to-back singles and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Soignier and Collins followed with back-to-back sacrifice flies pushing the lead out to 5-1.
Laird’s third home run of the season followed and then Perry Smith was hit by a pitch. York doubled to left center to score Smith and then Sinclair hit his first collegiate home run.
The Crimson answered back with four runs in the sixth on a pair of two-run doubles by Tom Stack-Babich and Tyler Albright. Blanchard gave the Warhawks their eighth game with double-digit runs this season with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth.
Harvard continued to battle back pulling within two, 10-8, on a three-run home run by Matt Rogers in the seventh. York hit Warhawks’ fifth home run of the game in the bottom of the frame to give ULM an 11-8 advantage.
Tony Dischler (2-1) tossed 5.2 innings for the Warhawks allowing five runs on two hits to pick up the win. Daniel Berardo (0-3) allowed 10 runs – nine earned – on 11 hits over five innings to take the loss for Harvard.
Making his first appearance of the season on the mound, Soignier earned his first save of the year and fifth of his career closing out the ninth inning for the Warhawks.
The Warhawks wrap up their stretch of seven games in eight days tomorrow night at Southern Miss. First pitch from Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg, Miss., is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on 1680 AM in the Monroe area and worldwide on the internet at ulmathletics.com.