MONROE, La. -- Rookie Kodie Tidwell tallied five hits, three RBI and scored two runs in two games on Sunday as ULM improved to 3-1 on the season. ULM fell to Wake Forest (3-1) by a score of 11-4 in the first game before concluding the weekend with a 7-3 victory over Alcorn State (0-4).
"I wanted to see how we could bounce back after getting beat and see if we could refocus and get the job done," said head coach Jeff Schexnaider. "The team accomplished that and they played hard against Alcorn State. Wake Forest made some great plays today and we jump started their momentum by making a few bad plays."
Game One: Wake Forest 11, ULM 4
ULM opened the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. With one out and Chris Dudley on second and Justin Stawychny on third, Kodie Tidwell delivered a RBI double down the right field line that snuck inside the first base line to give ULM a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the third, Wake Forest ended ULM's shutout streak at 20 innings as they plated three runs to take a 3-2 lead. Two Demon Deacon batters recorded RBI singles while Pat Blair recorded a RBI groundout to conclude the scoring.
Wake Forest added four runs in the fifth to increase the lead to five runs (7-2). The Demon Deacon inning was highlighted by Pat Blair's two-RBI double to the gap in right center.
The Warhawks were able to cut into the lead with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Jeff Fuller drove in Kodie Tidwell with a double to left field. Fuller later scored and closed the gap to 7-4 when Dalton Herrington reached on a fielding error by Wake Forest second baseman Conor Keniry.
Wake Forest added two runs in the eighth and ninth innings to conclude the scoring at 11-4.
ULM starter Trey Setzer (0-1) took the loss after allowing three runs on four hits with one walk and one punchout. In all, ULM used six pitchers against the Demon Deacons including Carey Taylor and Chad Miller who made their ULM debuts.
Wake Forest starter Matt Pirro earned the win to improve to 1-0 after allowing two runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts in five innings of work. Brett Armour paced the Demon Deacons with two hits, two runs and two RBI.
Game Two: ULM 7, Alcorn State 3
ULM found itself in a 2-0 hole after three-and-a-half innings of play but the Warhawks responded with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 4-2 lead.
After back-to-back singles by Corben Green and Justin Stawychny, Chris Dudley laid down a sacrifice bunt and was able to load the bases thanks to a fielding error by Alcorn State's third baseman Ryan Akins. Green plated the first run of the game for the Warhawks thanks to a wild pitch by Cedric Walker that allowed all three base runners to advance 90 feet.
After Stawychny was tagged out at home plate, Kodie Tidwell delivered a RBI double to the gap in left center allowing Dudley to come in to score and even the game at 2-2. Jeff Fuller and Tidwell also scored during the fourth inning to give the homestanding Warhawks a two-run advantage.
After the Braves closed the gap to one run in the top of the sixth, the Warhawks responded again as they tacked on three runs in the home half of the sixth to conclude the scoring at 7-3.
After Dalton Harrington loaded the bases with a long single off the wall in right field, Judd Edwards delivered a bases clearing double to the gap in left to push the lead to four runs.
Starter Jared Dye made his first appearance in a Warhawk uniform as he allowed two runs on two hits with one walk and two strikeouts in four innings of work. Carey Taylor (1-0) earned the win after surrendering just one run on six hits with four strikeouts in four innings of relief. Chet Simoneaux closed the gap on the mound as he tossed a scoreless ninth inning.
Edwards and Tidwell paced the Warhawks as the duo combined for six hits and five RBI.
Walker (0-1) took the loss for the Braves after giving up a total of four runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks in five innings of work. Josh Powell and Angel Rosa each recorded two hits while Christian Hickman drove in a pair in the final game of the weekend.
The Warhawks will return to action next weekend as they hit the road for a three-game series at Sam Houston State beginning Friday night at 6:30 p.m.
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