MONROE, La. -- ULM connected on three home runs and starter Tyler Bray tied a career high with seven punchouts as the homestanding Warhawks defeated Mississippi Valley State 9-0 Tuesday night at Warhawk Field.
Of the 13 batters that Bray (4-2) faced in the contest, only two reached base (hit, hit-by-pitch). After allowing the leadoff man to reach base (HBP), Bray retired the final seven batters he faced including five straight via strikeouts. Bray tied his career high of seven strikeouts (at UL-Lafayette, March 17) as he combined with Alex Dumaine and Jared Dye for the shutout.
ULM (16-25) got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth as Justin Stawychny connected on his fifth homer of the season, a two-run shot that also plated Taylor Abdalla to give the home team a 2-0 lead.
In the seventh, the Warhawks added four runs to take a 6-0 lead. With Chet Simoneaux standing on second and Dalton Todd at first, Judd Edwards tallied a RBI single through the left side to give ULM a 3-0 lead. Two batters later, Abdalla connected on his fifth homer of the season to double ULM’s lead as Todd and Edwards also crossed home plate.
The Warhawks concluded the scoring in the home half of the eighth inning as Kodie Tidwell connected on a three-run homer that allowed Ryan Bergeron and Simoneaux to touch home plate and set the final tally at 9-0.
The trio of Stawychny, Tidwell and Abdalla combined for five hits, eight RBI and four runs scored.
Mississippi Valley State (4-36) starter Trey Lacy was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and one walk while striking out four in six innings of work.
The two teams will return to the diamond tomorrow night with first pitch at Warhawk Field slated for 6 p.m.