ULM Bats Explode in Win over McNeese State
Courtesy: Tabby Soignier, The News Star
ULM scored seven runs in the first inning and didn't need much more to defeat McNeese 17-8 Tuesday night to mark the most runs scored this season.
Six Warhawk batters had multiple hits on the night with center fielder Taylor Abdalla leading the team going 4-for-6 with five RBI.
The Warhawks (7-5) sent 12 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first after McNeese took a 1-0 lead to open the game.
Left fielder Chris Dudley led off for ULM for the second time this season and started a strand of walks for McNeese starter Ross Rowland. Judd Edwards followed Dudley with a walk and designated hitter Justin Stawychny drew a one-out walk to load the bases. Abdalla doubled to left field to score the first two ULM runs of the game to take a lead that the Cowboys never really threatened throughout the night.
ULM freshman Kodie Tidwell reached on a fielder's choice to continue the inning as Stawychny got into a hot box from third base to home but managed to get around the catcher for the third run of the game.
Second baseman Jeffrey Fuller added an RBI single up the middle as did Dudley in his second at-bat of the inning as Rowland was chased out of the game after facing just nine batters.
Dudley and Abdalla connected later in the game for their first home runs of the season. Abdalla's solo shot to left field came in the second inning and Tidwell scored later in the frame after a single up the middle followed by an error on third baseman Reed Gordy on a hit by Fuller.
The Warhawks added three runs in the fourth inning highlighted by the homerun by Dudley, who finished 2-for-3 with three RBI, and the game was put away with five runs in the bottom of the eighth when all nine batters came to the plate.
Catcher Logan Fiasco led off with a double to right centerfield followed by a Dudley walk before Edwards hit an infield RBI single to score the first run of the inning.
First baseman Corben Green reached on an error and designated hitter Justin Stawychny and Abdalla hit consecutive, two-RBI doubles to score the final runs of the game.
ULM started senior right hander Andrew Richardson, who lasted 2.2 innings and gave up four runs on seven hits.
Junior Tyler Bray came on in relief in the sixth inning and ended up with the win after tossing 2.1 innings and gave up no runs, while striking out four and walking two.
McNeese (6-6) went through seven pitchers as the Cowboys tried to stop the Warhawk bats. Starter and left hander Ross Rowland was dealt the loss and moves to 0-1 on the year.