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Edwards' Walk-Off Single Lifts ULM Past Florida Atlantic 6-5
Courtesy: ulmwarhawks.com
         
Release: April 24, 2010
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MONROE, La.-Freshman Judd Edwards drove a 1-0 offering from Ryan Bernal back up the middle with runners on the corners in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally ULM past Florida Atlantic 6-5 in game two of a doubleheader at Warhawk Field on Saturday. Edwards tied the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with a two-out single up the middle.

Florida Atlantic (24-15, 13-7 Sun Belt) took a 5-4 lead with three runs in the top of the seventh inning before the Warhawks stormed back to even the three-game Sun Belt series at one game each. Boomer Blanchard and Nick Wade drew two-out walks in the seventh to set up Edwards' game-tying hit.

In the ninth, Caleb Clowers reached on a fielding error by second baseman Raymond Church to lead off the inning. Blanchard drew a five-pitch walk and Wade lined out to right-center field which allowed Clowers to move up to third base with Edwards coming to the plate.

Wil Browning (2-1) tossed the final three innings of the game for the Warhawks (15-23, 5-12) allowing just one run on four hits to pick up the victory after throwing 17 pitches in the first game of the twin bill.

Clowers, Edwards and Jarrett Hammond all had two hits and two RBIs for ULM. Hammond put the Warhawks on the board with a home run to lead off the fifth inning. It was his second home run of the season and the first in 30 games for the Warhawk catcher.

The blast sparked a three-run frame for ULM. Following a strikeout, Shane Ardoin tripled into the right-center field gap and Clowers hammered his fourth home run of the season out to right field.

The teams swapped runs in the sixth as Joey Burkhalter had a sacrifice fly for the Owls and Hammond had an RBI single for the Warhawks.

In Florida Atlantic's three-run seventh, Andy Mee had a two-run double and Dan Scheffler had a sacrifice fly. The Owls got on the board first with a sac fly off the bat of Nathan Pittman in the second.

Bernal (4-1) took the loss for Florida Atlantic after picking up the win in the opener of the doubleheader. He allowed one unearned run on two hits in 1 2/3 innings of work in relief of Mike Gipson.

The teams will play the rubber game of the series Sunday at 10 a.m. It will be Cane's Challenge Day and Kids Day at Warhawk Field. All children 12 and under will be admitted free and if the Warhawks score at least three runs fans will receive a valuable Raising Cane's coupon.
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