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February 16, 2013

Warhawk Baseball - By the innings

ULM vs. Wake Forest - Game 1

The ULM Baseball Tournament continued on Saturday night for the Warhawks.  After a big Friday night shutout win, ULM looked to move to 2-0 on the young season, as they took on the Alcorn State Braves.  Cale Wine's shutout pitching performance was matched in the game as Senior Shelby Aulds set a new career high in strike outs as he picked up the win in the 12 - 0 Warhawk victory.

TOP PERFORMER:

- Shelby Aulds - Six innings of work, allowing just four hits, walking two, and setting a new career high with 10 strikeouts.

UPDATED RECORD: 2-0 Overall Sun Belt 0-0


1ST INNING

- ULM starter Aulds kicked off his first start of the season with a strike out; setting the tone for his new career setting night.  The Warhawks did not manage to collect a hit, but managed a base runner thanks to the first of several innings by the Alcorn State Braves.

2ND INNING

- Aulds continued to mow down Braves batters, collecting another pair of strikeouts to add to his total.  Alcorn State managed to cut the bottom half of the inning short, as just three batters came to the plate and defensively they turned a double-play to end the Warhawk threat.

3RD INNING

-    Aulds strikes out the side, after surrendering one walk.  In the home half, the Warhawks pounded out three hits including Kodie Tidwell's first career hit, a right field home run to help put a six spot. Also in the inning, Fuller collected his second stolen base of the season.


4TH INNING

- Another inning and the Aulds strikeout total continued to climb as he collects his eighth.  The bottom half sees the Warhawks add another run by Herrington, as he walks, and advances on Judd Edwards' third hit by pitch of the season.  Herrington is then able to cross the plate as Braves' catcher's throw to third was sent into left field.  A Justin Stawychny hit-by-pitch and Brandon Alexander walk set-up a bases loaded, two out scenario for Chris Dudley.  His deep fly ball though, was just short and caught for out number three.


5TH INNING

- The Braves put together a trio of hits, but were unable to put any across as Aulds' strikeout total reached double-digits, before assisting on the final put out of the inning.  Dalton Todd walked and collected his first stolen base of the season, to highlight the home half of the inning.  Bullpen action for a possible move came from Devin Malone and Jared Dye.

6TH INNING

- An uneventful sixth saw the braves collect another hit, however the Warhawks were sat down in order.


7TH INNING

- Devin Malone enters the game and after a rough start that saw him surrender a walk to the first Braves hitter he faced, he settled in for a pair of strikeouts.  The bottom half saw the Warhawks plate Tidwell on Chet Simoneaux's debut walk and wild pitch.  Ryan Bergeron maintained his perfect batting average, driving in a pair of runs.  The runs chased Brave pitcher Kevin Gonzalez for Dominique Griffith.


8TH INNING

- Malone remained in the game, working through a hit batter to start the inning out before settling in and allowing the ULM defense to end the inning in order.  Blake Wolfe entered the game, connecting on a hit to shortstop and reaching on an error and then being caught attempting to stretch the error into extra bases.  Dudley banged out his first base hit of the game.  Tidwell would advance him on a fielder's choice and a pair of walks loaded up the bases for Josh Faciane.  Faciane walked to gain an RBI, Edwards gained one the same way in his at bat. Bergeron stuck out to end the Warhawks scoring.


9TH INNING

- Malone picked up the save with his third inning of work.  Alcorn picked up a hit, and Malone surrendered a walk before closing the game out for the Warhawks' second straight win of the season.


EXTRA INNINGS -

- 1,437 fans filled Warhawk Field for the night cap.  ULM is averaging 1,459 through the first two games.

- ULM has not surrendered a run through the first two games and pitchers have surrendered just 11 hits, while capitalizing on 10 opponent errors.

ON DECK -

- ULM will take to the field twice on Sunday.  First up will be a rematch game against Wake Forest.  ULM will send LHP Trey Setzer to the hill, while the Demon Deacons will send RHP Matt Pirro.  First pitch in the first contest is set for 11am, with a 3pm game against Alcorn State set for 3pm.  Starters for the second game of the double-header are TBD, all action can be heard on 540AM locally.



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