MONROE, La.-Florida Atlantic snapped a streak of five-straight one-run games with a 13-1 victory over ULM in the rubber game of a three-game Sun Belt Conference series Sunday at Warhawk Field. Nick Delguidice hit his third home run of the weekend - this one a grand slam in the fifth - to break the game open.
ULM starter Jordy Poche baffled the Owls through the first 2 2/3 innings striking out five Florida Atlantic batters. However, Andy Mee got the Florida Atlantic bats going with a two-out triple in the third. Following a walk to Dan Scheffler, Eddie Cassidy turned the tide with a three-run homer to left-center.
The Owls (25-15, 14-7 Sun Belt) belted five home runs in the game and finished with 17 hits on the afternoon. Sean Bukovich hit a pair of the homers and finished the game 4-for-4 with three RBIs. Mee finished with three hits while Nathan Pittman and Anthony Mesa had a pair of hits each.
Nick Wade put the Warhawks (15-24, 5-13) on the board with his ninth home run of the season with two outs in the home half of the third inning.
The Owls erased any hope of a ULM comeback with single runs in the fourth and sixth innings wrapped around a four-run fifth. Pittman scored on an error in the fourth after leading off the inning with a single. Delguidice's grand slam came following a single and a pair of hit batters in the fifth and Scheffler hit his 12th home run of the season with one out in the sixth.
Bukovich's second homer of the day came following a leadoff single by Pittman in the seventh - the two-run shot gave the Owls an 11-run lead to enact the Sun Belt's Sunday 10-run rule. Scheffler added an RBI single to right-center later in the inning. Bukovich put the Owls on the board with a solo homer in the second.
R.J. Alvarez (3-1) was solid for the Owls on the mound allowing just the solo homer to Wade. He struck out five and walked one while scattering five hits in six innings of work to pick up the win.
Poche (3-4) took the loss for the Warhawks after he was charged with nine runs - eight earned - on nine hits in four innings of work. He finished with five strikeouts and a pair of walks.
ULM begins a six-day road trip on Wednesday when it travels to Memphis, Tenn., for a makeup game with the Memphis Tigers at 6:30 p.m. The Warhawks then travel to Miami, Fla., for three league games at Florida International over the weekend before wrapping up the trip in New Orleans, La., on Tuesday at Tulane.
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