Both Edwards (double) and Abdalla (two-run HR) picked up an extra base hit Friday night to help the Warhawks pick up their third consecutive win in Sun Belt Play. It is also the third straight ULM win over a team from the state of Florida.
The Golden Panthers (18-15, 6-7) plated the game’s first run in the bottom of the second. With a pair of runners in scoring position, T.J. Shantz picked up a RBI as Edwin Rios crossed home on Shantz’s 6-3 groundout to put FIU in front, 1-0.
FIU pushed across another run, this time in the bottom of the third, as Tyler Hibbert scored on Aramis Garcia’s RBI fielder’s choice to give the home team a 2-0 advantage.
ULM (14-20, 4-9) finally broke through as the Warhawks scored four runs on four hits in the top of the fifth to take the lead, one they would not relinquish. With one out and Dalton Herrington on second and Trent Lucas on first thanks to bunt singles, Edwards drove in Herrington with a single to left -- Edwards moved to second on the throw while Lucas moved to third. Kodie Tidwell evened the contest at 2-2 with a sac fly to left that allowed Lucas to trot home. Abdalla followed with a two run homer to left as ULM jumped in front, 4-2.
After FIU closed the gap to one with a single run in the fifth, ULM extended the lead to three runs (6-3) with a two-spot in the sixth. Justin Stawychny and Chris Dudley both scored on wild pitches by reliever Mitchell Davis.
The two squads traded single runs in the seventh to set the final tally at 7-4 in favor of the visiting Warhawks.
ULM starter Cale Wine (4-5) earned the win after logging 5.1 innings on the hill Friday night. Wine allowed two runs (three total) on nine hits and three walks with two punchouts. Jared Dye and Alex Dumaine held FIU to just one run during their combined two innings of work. Tyler Bray closed the book on the Golden Panthers as he recorded the final five outs of the game for his second save of the season.
FIU starter Tyler Alexander (2-5) took the loss after allowing six runs on eight hits with three walks and six strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Four different FIU batters logged two hits Friday, but the Golden Panthers were never able to push more than one run across in any inning.Game two of the weekend series will begin at 3 p.m. (CT) tomorrow with senior RHP Shelby Aulds slated to get the start for the Warhawks. Aulds is 3-3 on the season and owns a 4.28 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 40.0 innings of work.