MONROE, La. -- ULM (13-19, 3-9) scored six runs over the first three innings of the game and withstood a big fifth inning by No. 25 Florida Atlantic (21-11, 8-4) as the Warhawks took the decisive game three by a score of 8-4 Sunday afternoon at Warhawk Field.
The Warhawks jumped on the Owls early, much like they did the day before, as ULM plated three runs in the home half of the first to take an early 3-0 lead. Judd Edwards connected on his first homer of the season, a two-run blast down the left field line and Kodie Tidwell drove in Corben Green with a RBI single up the middle.
ULM increased its lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the second when Green drove in a pair of runs (Jeff Fuller, Logan Fiasco) with a single up the middle. The Warhawks made it 6-0 on Tidwell’s sacrifice fly to left that brought home Dalton Herrington.
FAU broke through with four runs in the top of the fifth to trim the gap to just two runs. Nathan Pittman highlighted the big inning with a two-out, two-RBI double to left center. In the fifth, Warhawk starter Carey Taylor was replaced by Alex Dumaine who recorded the third and final out of the inning after walking the first batter he faced.
ULM added a single run in the fifth and sixth as it set the final tally at 8-4. Justin Stawychny connected on his fourth homer of the season in the fifth inning, while Fuller scored on a sacrifice bunt by Edwards in the fifth.
Dumaine (2-3) picked up the win as he allowed just four base runners (two hits, one walk, one HBP) in 3.2 innings of work. Tyler Bray closed out the game as he recorded the final two outs of Sunday’s contest.
Fuller led the Warhawks with three hits and two runs while Edwards and Green, hitters number two and three in the lineup, combined for three hits, five RBI and two runs.
FAU starter Jeremy Strawn fell to 2-2 on the season after allowing five runs on seven hits with one walk and two strikeouts in 1.2 innings of work. Leadoff man, Nathan Pittman drove in a pair of runs and tallied two hits to lead the Owls.ULM will return to action Tuesday night when it concludes a home-and-home series at McNeese State. First pitch in Lake Charles, La., is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.