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Eight-Run Third Lifts ULM Past Mississippi Valley State
Courtesy: ulmwarhawks.com
Release: April 19, 2011
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MONROE, La. -- ULM used an eight-run third inning to power past Mississippi Valley State 11-7 Tuesday night in non-conference action at Warhawk Field.

The Warhawks (18-17) sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning as they belted out three hits and took advantage of four walks and a hit batter. Jarrett Hammond and Taylor Abdalla drew back-to-back walks with the bases loaded to put the Warhawks on the board.

Judd Edwards drove home a run with an infield single and a throwing error by the Delta Devils on what would have been the third out allowed two more runs to score. Jeremy Sy made them pay for the error with a towering 3-run home run to left field one batter later. It was his third homer of the season and second in less than a week.

Les Aulds led the Warhawks at the plate as he finished the night 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. Clowers scored twice and was 2-for-4 while Hammond drove in a pair. The Warhawks have now surpassed their win total from a season ago.

The Delta Devils (14-24) jumped out to a 4-0 lead with three runs in the first and one in the second before Warhawk starter Shelby Aulds settled in. Aulds (1-1) went eight innings to pick up the win. He struck out six and walked one in his first career start.

ULM tacked on another run in the fourth when Hammond lined a double into left-center field to score Rapp after he drew one of his three walks on the night. Back-to-back doubles by Les Aulds and Clowers in the eighth accounted for the 10th run of the night and Jason Hicks added a pinch hit sacrifice fly later in the inning for the final run.

Mississippi Valley State scored a pair in the ninth on a double by Scott Hornstra. He finished the game 3-for-5 as the Delta Devils out-hit ULM 13-9. Jordy Poche made his first appearance of the season on the mound for the Warhawks in the inning.

Steven Barnes (4-5) took the loss for the Delta Devils after he allowed six runs -- three earned -- on two hits in 2.1 innings of work. His vice was the five walks he issued and the two hit batters. MVSU used six different pitchers in the game.

The teams will meet again Wednesday night at Warhawk Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.