NCAA Regional: UL-Monroe Eliminates Belmont, 6-3
Todd Politz (@tpolitz)
Todd Politz (@tpolitz)
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BATON ROUGE -- Louisiana-Monroe broke a 3-3 tie with three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to eliminate No. 3-seeded Belmont from the NCAA Regional, 6-3, on Saturday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium.

No. 4 seed ULM (32-29) advanced to the loser's bracket final at 1:30 p.m. CT on Sunday when it will face the loser of tonight's contest between LSU and Oregon State.

Belmont saw its season come to a close with a 39-24 overall record.

NCAA Regional Central

The Warhawks loaded the bases in the penultimate frame against Bruins reliever Scott Moses (2-3) when Judd Edwards legged out a double to shallow center to lead off the inning, Corben Green was hit by a pitch and Justin Stawychny walked. A groundout by Les Aulds scored Edwards and a two-RBI single to center by Jeremy Sy gave ULM its final margin.

Kendall Thamm (7-3) was brilliant in 4 2/3 innings of relief of ULM starter Cale Wine, as the lefty threw 4 1/3 innings of one-hit ball to earn the win. Wine gave way to Thamm in the top of the fifth after squandering a 3-0 lead. Thamm allowed a walk and a sacrifice fly that tied the game at 3-3 before getting out of the inning.

The Warhawks struck first when Sy tripled to the right field corner and scored on a RBI groundout by Caleb Clowers. ULM gained its 3-0 advantage in the fourth when Brandon Alexander doubled to start the inning, moved to third on a single by Edwards and scored on a wild pitch by Belmont starter Matt Hamann (6 IP, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K). A sacrifice fly by Green brought Edwards home.

Sy was 3-for-4 at the plate for ULM, scoring a run and driving in two. Edwards was also 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

Justin Akers had two of Belmont's six hits including the only hit off Thamm, who retired the final 10 Bruins he faced.

Announced attendance for the first game of the day was 1,822.

2012 NCAA Baseball Championship
Baton Rouge Regional
Game 3: ULM vs. Belmont
June 2, 2012


On the game and the season as a whole...
"We came in and were a little bit anemic - that's the way that I would describe our offense. We weren't steamrolling at all from the beginning. And a lot of that has to do with the starting pitching that we faced. [Cale] Wine - with his arm, it's like he's throwing a concrete fastball. He had a heavy ball and a good two seam down on our hitters. And he has a great mentality and a great presence out there on the mound, so we tip our cap to him. He kept us in check until his offense could begin to get to us a little bit and grind out a couple of things. We did a good job of coming back and were able to create a little bit of momentum offensively. And then their left hander [Kendall Thamm] came in and he did a great job. It was a different look than what [Cale] Wine had presented us with. They put some things together against our closer Scott Moses, who has been as good as we could ask him to be all season long. As far as the team and the season, I can't tell you how proud I am. This group of young men that we had on this 2012 Belmont baseball team is a very special group of people. You saw the enactment of when nobody cares who gets the credit, it's amazing what can be accomplished."


On his performance...
"I felt that I had some good stuff today. I executed the pitches that I wanted to. In the third and fourth innings, I made a couple of good pitches but they just put some good swings on them - they're a really great hitting team."

On his career at Belmont...
"I was really fortunate playing on this team this year. I was really happy with our resiliency and to be the captain of this team is a great honor and I'll remember it for the rest of my life."


On his performance...
"I felt really comfortable at the plate. It's been a grinding season all season long for our hitters. We know we're not necessarily the power hitters or the home run hitters. But just anything to get a few runs on the board and grind out at-bats, and that's what we've done all year. I was fortunate to get two hits today."

On the season as a whole...
"It's an honor to play for this team and represent this school. We wear the Belmont name proudly and we know what we represent back in Nashville. I hate that we're losing all these great seniors and great leadership, but we're excited about what's to come."



On the game...
"I am proud of our guys.  What a great ball club Belmont is. To have the opportunity to play them was an honor in itself so I'm proud of our guys. We got a lead and then they were able to answer back. During that inning, Kendall (Thamm) came on and from then on he was dynamite the rest of the way. You've got to get the timely hits and we were able to do that today."

On the team's mentality...
"I feel so privileged and fortunate to get a chance to be around these guys. I had that feeling about them from the fall. Everything was just different. The senior leadership, the camaraderie and the chemistry all made it enjoyable to go to the park every day in the fall. Every day for practice I think these guys have a good time. It makes the coaches enjoy it as well. I just felt privileged to have one of the best seats to watch them get after it. These guys understand how fortunate they are to be here. They want to enjoy every minute of it, but they are looking forward to the next game as well."


On the game...
"I just came in trying to get ahead of batters. The last few weeks I have been working hard and focused on trying to get the leadoff guy out. When you get the leadoff guy out it makes everything else a little bit easier the rest of inning. I have great guys behind me."


On the game...
"Before the game we were going over the scouting report and we knew they were going to throw a lot of strikes.  We tried to get together as a team and be ready to hit early. They did a good job pitching. They got ahead of a lot of batters so late in the game we tried to make some adjustments to be able to put some barrels on the ball and some hits fell for us today."


On his performance...
"We went over the scouting report and we knew they were going to pound the zone. I was lucky to get a couple pitches to hit."




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