The Tigers (12-0) took a 5-1 lead after the opening three innings and then put the game out of reach with seven runs off three ULM relief pitchers in the fourth inning. Trey Watkins had a two-run home run and Micha Gibbs added a three-run homer to account for five of LSU's runs in the fourth.
Judd Edwards led the Warhawks offensively as the freshman was 3-for-3 on the night upping his batting average to .524 on the season - he also drove in a run and scored twice. Caleb Clowers finished the game 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI, Jordy Poche drove in a pair of runs and Nick Wade drew three walks.
Leon Landry reached base all four times he was up for LSU finishing the game 3-for-3 with a single, a double, a triple and a walk. Blake Dean drove in four runs, while Mikey Mahtook, Landry and Gibbs finished the game with three RBIs for LSU.
ULM (5-5) answered LSU's seven-run fourth with a five-spot in the top of the fifth to pull within six, 12-6. Clowers scored on a bases loaded walk, Shane Ardoin scored on a wild pitch and then Poche hammered a double to left-center to plate two more. With runners on second and third, LSU reliever Shane Riedie balked to allow Kelvin York to score.
LSU responded right back with three runs in the bottom of the frame on the strength of four consecutive base hits to start the inning. The Tigers added another run in the sixth and two more in the seventh.
York drove home ULM's final run of the night with a single back up the middle in the seventh after Edwards lined a two-out double down the right-field line - his fifth double in six starts.
The Warhawks had chances to plate some early runs against Tiger starter Michael Reed. They had runners on first and second with one out in both the first and second innings, but a double play ended each frame without a run.
Boomer Blanchard and Clowers put the Warhawks on the board with back-to-back one-out doubles in the top of the third inning. Wade followed with a walk to put the tying run at the plate with LSU holding a 4-1 lead. However, Reed retired the next two Warhawks to escape the inning with just the one run on the board.
Reed finished one out shy of picking up his first career victory. The freshman allowed five runs on six hits over 4.2 innings of work - his night ended after walking three consecutive batters in the bottom of the fourth, including Edwards with the bases loaded. Ben Alsup (1-0) earned the win for LSU allowing one run on two hits over 3.1 innings.
Corey Brown (0-2) was saddled with the loss for ULM after he allowed five runs on four hits over three innings of work.
The Warhawks return home to face Memphis on Wednesday night. First pitch from Warhawk Field is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ULM will send junior right-hander Stefan Comeaux (1-0, 11.37 ERA) to the bump, while the Tigers will counter with sophomore right-hander Heith Hatfield (1-2, 7.56).
The game will be broadcast live in northeast Louisiana on 540 AM and worldwide on the internet at ulmwarhawks.com. Fans can also watch the game live online in Warhawks All*Access and can follow the action for free with live stats - both can be accessed by logging onto ulmwarhawks.com.
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