MONROE, La.-The ULM baseball signing class increased to four on Thursday afternoon as outfielder Les Aulds and right-handed pitcher Cale Wine signed their National Letters of Intent to play for the Warhawks beginning with the 2011 season, head coach Jeff Schexnaider announced.
Aulds keeps the rich pipeline between LSU-Eunice and ULM flowing as he will be the seventh Bengal to play for the Warhawks since 2008. As a freshman at LSU-E, he hit .411 with three home runs, 10 doubles and 62 RBIs. Aulds was just as dangerous on the base paths with 70 runs scored and 15 stolen bases in 63 games.
"The first thing I think of when I think of Les is toughness," Schexnaider said. "He really plays the game the right way and is a competitor."
Aulds helped lead the Bengals to a third-place finish at the NJCAA Division II World Series this past season. As a senior at West Monroe High School in 2008, Aulds batted .405 with four home runs.
Wine will join ULM from John A. Logan College and will be reunited with former Vol teammates and current Warhawks James Jones and Chan Walsh. Wine, a native of Coulterville, Ill., posted a 5-2 record with a 6.89 ERA as a freshman for the Vols. He registered 39 strikeouts in 47 innings of work over 14 appearances.
"Cale is a big physical pitcher," Schexnaider said. "We really feel like his best years are ahead him. He has the ability to throw with some velocity that should continue to increase."
Wine was a second team all-metro selection following his senior year at Marissa High School after posting a 12-0 record with a 0.69 ERA. The Meteors advanced to the 2008 Illinois State Championship Game behind Wine's 103 strikeouts over 71 innings.
The pair joins outfielder Joey Rapp (Chipola College) and Kendall Thamm (Angelina College) in ULM's signing class. The early signing period opened on Wednesday and runs through Nov. 18.
Baseball Signing Class
Les Aulds (OF) - LSU-Eunice
Joey Rapp (OF) - Chipola College
Kendall Thamm (LHP) - Angelina College
Cale Wine (RHP) - John A. Logan College