ULM Holds on to Take Down Memphis in Series Finale
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Brandon Alexander led ULM (6-5) at the plate with two hits, two RBI and one run scored as the team held on for a 5-3 victory over Memphis (7-4) in the series finale Sunday at FedExPark. With the victory the Warhawks snapped the Tigers six-game win streak.
The Warhawks recorded inning-ending double plays in the first, second and third inning. The three double plays turned by ULM are the most since the club turned five at UL-Lafayette (May 18, 2012).
ULM starter Alex Dumaine (1-0) recorded the third straight quality start for the Warhawks as he allowed just one run on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work. Shelby Aulds recorded the final two outs of the game to earn the save.
Brandon Alexander led off the top of the third inning with a double off of the wall in right field. Dalton Todd followed and reached first base thanks to a throwing error by third baseman Drew Griffin. With two runners on and no outs, Dalton Herrington laid down a sacrifice bunt and Tiger pitcher Alex Gunn's throw to third was errant, allowing Alexander to score the first run of the game.
With two outs in the third inning and two runners in scoring position, Justin Stawychny hit a looping double down the right field line. Stawychny recorded RBI number four and five of the season as Todd and Herrington crossed home plate to put ULM ahead 3-0.
Memphis scored its first run of the contest in the bottom of the fifth inning. Zach Willis led off the inning with a single to left field and moved to second on Drew Griffin's groundout to short. With two outs in the inning, Ford Wilson doubled to left field allowing Willis to score and trim the Warhawk lead to two runs (3-1).
ULM responded with two runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 5-1 lead. With one out, Taylor Abdalla was hit by a pitch and Kodie Tidwell singled through the left side to give ULM a pair of base runners. Jeff Fuller loaded the bases for the Warhawks as he drew a walk and Alexander followed with a two-RBI single to the gap in left center to push the ULM lead to four runs.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Drew Griffin was hit by a pitch with one out and then with a 2-0 count to Ethan Gross, the Warhawks made a call to the bullpen as Tyler Bray replaced Dumaine. Gross drew a walk and Carter White singled to left to load the bases, but the Tigers were unable to score as Bray recorded a foul out and a ground out to end the inning.
Memphis was pushed another run across in the eighth as Drew Allen scored from second base on a dropped pop up by ULM second baseman Jeff Fuller that allowed Drew Griffin to reach first base. Allen's unearned run closed the ULM lead to three runs, 5-2.
The Tigers again cut into the Warhawk lead in the bottom of the ninth. With one out, Jake Little tripled to the gap in right center and Nate Rupiper reached on a fielding error by Kodie Tidwell. Little scored and pulled Memphis with in two runs (5-3) on Bryce Beeler's RBI single through the left side. Aulds replaced Devin Malone on the hill and the senior closed out the game as he recorded a pop out and a strikeout for his first save of the season (second career).
Stawychny aided in the Warhawk effort with one hit and two RBI.
Memphis starter Alex Gunn (0-1) was tagged with the loss after three unearned runs scored during his five innings of work. Gunn allowed four hits and struck out four batters Sunday.
ULM will return to Monroe for a Tuesday night tilt against McNeese State. First pitch between the Warhawks and the Cowboys at Warhawk Field is slated for 6 p.m.