Warhawks Rout Blue Raiders, 11-3, in Game One
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Fueled by a season-high 18 hits, ULM picked up an eight-run victory over Middle Tennessee in a game that was resumed after being halted Friday night due to rain. The game one victory was just the fourth victory all-time for the Warhawks at Reese Smith Jr. Field.
Middle Tennessee (26-25, 9-16) jumped out to an early lead as it scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning. After back-to-back singles, the Blue Raiders had runners on the corners and they scored the game’s first run as Ryan Ford scored on Cale Wine wild pitch. Trent Miller followed with a RBI double down the left field line allowing Johnny Thomas to score. Later in the frame, Middle Tennessee loaded the bases and Miller scored when Michael Adkins grounded into a double play.
After leaving five runners on base through the first two innings, ULM (18-31, 7-18) was on the verge of making it eight as Dalton Todd faced a 1-2 count with two outs in the third. However, Todd came through in a big way as the rookie delivered a bases clearing double to the gap in right center as ULM evened the contest at 3-3 as Justin Stawychny, Dalton Herrington and Corben Green crossed home plate.
The Warhawks took the lead in the fourth as they scored multiple runs for the second straight inning. With two outs, Brandon Alexander and Chris Dudley were able to race home as Herrington hit a double to deep center field and collected two RBI as ULM took a 5-3 lead.
ULM added three more runs in the top of the fifth to extend its lead to five runs (8-3). Green struck out but reached first base on a wild pitch to lead off the inning. Green stole second base, moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on Kodie Tidwell’s one-out RBI single to left field. Judd Edwards followed with a double down the left field line to give ULM a pair of runners in scoring position. Alexander was able to drive in both Tidwell and Edwards with a two-RBI single up the middle.
Wine kept Middle Tennessee off of the scoreboard for the fourth inning and after ULM batted in the top of the sixth, the rains continued to get heavier and the tarp was pulled. After about a 30 minute delay rains slowed to a drizzle, but before the field could be prepped, the rains resumed and the game was halted for the night.
After the resumption, ULM sent Tyler Bray to the hill and the junior picked up where Wine left off as he tossed two scoreless frames.
The bats also stayed warm as the Warhawks concluded the scoring with three runs in the top of the seventh to set the final tally at 11-3. With two runners in scoring position, Herrington hit a screaming double down the right field line as Alexander and Stawychny scored. Herrington later scored the game’s final run on a RBI single through the left side by Green.
Wine earned the win for the Warhawks and he improves to 6-7 on the season after allowing three runs on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts in five innings. Bray and Chad Miller combined to toss four shutout innings of relief and Miller was perfect in his two innings of work.
Eight of the nine Warhawks registered a hit, including seven-multi hit performances. Both Herrington and Todd set new career-highs with four and three RBI, respectively.
Zac Curtis (5-4) was tagged with the loss after surrending eight runs (five earned) on 11 hits in 4.1 innings on the hill. Curtis allowed two walks and struck out eight. Ryan Ford led the Blue Raiders with two hits and one run.