MONROE, La. -- Behind a 3-for-4 effort at the plate by sophomore Justin Stawychny and 6.2 strong innings by starter Cale Wine, ULM (1-0) posted a 9-0 victory over Wake Forest (1-1) in the season opener Friday night at Warhawk Field.
ULM scored in the bottom of the first as Stawychny sent the first pitch he saw over the fence in left center to give ULM a 3-0 lead. Stawychny's three-run homer was the third homerun of his Warhawk career.
"I think we came out with a lot of energy and Justin Stawychny got us on the board early," said head coach Jeff Schexnaider. "I thought Cale Wine did an outstanding job in his first performance of the season and we played great defense behind him tonight. Wake Forest made mistakes tonight and we were able to capitalize on those and that was the difference in the ballgame."
The Warhawks increased the lead to 6-0 with a trio of runs in the home half of the third inning. Chris Dudley delivered a RBI single to left center allowing Stawychny to score his second run of the game. Brandon Alexander and Dudley both scored (unearned) in the frame to push the lead to six.
Wine (1-0) was dominate on the mound Friday night as he scattered six hits during his 99-pitch outing. He struckout five Demon Deacons while never surrendering a walk. Just three Wake Forest players moved into scoring position during Wine's outing.
ULM added two runs in the fourth as Judd Edwards and Stawychny came around to score. The homestanding Warhawks scored their ninth and final run of the contest as Alexander scored on a RBI groundout by Corben Green.
Stawychny finished the game a triple shy of the cycle and added three runs and three RBI. His three runs were a new career mark for the second-year Warhawk, while his three RBI tied a career best.
Wake Forest starter Jack Fischer took the loss after giving up eight runs (four earned) on six hits in four innings on the mound. Evan Stephens and Conor Keniry each finished 2-for-4 at the dish.The Warhawks will return to the diamond tomorrow evening when they host Alcorn State at 6 p.m. The game can be heard live on 540AM (changed from 1680AM) in Monroe with pregame beginning approximately 15 minutes prior to first pitch.