MONROE, La. – Cale Wine tossed his third complete game of the season and Corben Green’s three-run homer in the fifth proved to be the difference as ULM (9-13, 1-3) defeated Troy (13-7, 1-3) by a score of 4-2 Friday night at Warhawk Field.
Cale Wine surrendered two runs on four hits as he evened his season record at 3-3. Wine tossed 122 pitches in the complete game effort as he walked three and struck out five.
ULM scored the first run of the game in the home half of the second to take the early 1-0 lead. Chris Dudley, with one out, struck out swinging but was able to reach first base on a wild pitch. With two away and Dudley on second thanks to a passed ball, Logan Fiasco drove in Dudley with a RBI single to center.
The Warhawks pushed its lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth. With two away and runners on the corners (Fiasco, Judd Edwards), Green connected on his third homer of the season, a three-run blast over the wall in right center.
Troy finally broke through in the top half of the eighth inning as it trimmed the deficit to two. With the bases loaded, Tyler Vaughn drove in two with a two-RBI single to right center. Wine was able to avoid further damage as he struck out Logan Pierce and got Danny Collins to ground out to end the inning.
In the ninth, Troy got one base runner via a walk with two outs, but a Ali Knowles fly out to left ended the Friday night contest.
Green finished with one hit, three RBI and one run scored while Dalton Herrington and Edwards each tallied two hits in the game.
Trojan starter Tanner Hicks suffered his first loss of the season as he surrendered three earned runs (four total) on six hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in six innings on the hill. Tyler Vaughn led the Troy attack with two hits and two RBI.
ULM and Troy will return to the diamond tomorrow afternoon with first pitch time changed to Noon due to the threat of inclement weather in the afternoon. Junior, right-hander Carey Taylor (1-2, 4.97 ERA) is scheduled to get the start for the Warhawks, while the Trojans will counter with Will Starting (Jr., RH, 3-2, 7.29 ERA).