Meeting for the first time since 1994, the ULM Warhawks and Tulane Green Wave renewed an instate match up Wednesday night at Greer Field in New Orleans. It was the Warhawks that would get two big home runs and some great bull pen relief that allowed them to take a 4-3 victory and move to 3-1 on the season.
Scoreless through 3 innings, ULM shortstop Ben Soignier broke the scoreless tie in a big way when he launched a 410 foot solo home run over the center field wall for a 1-0 lead.
The Warhawks would add to that lead in the top of the 5th when Nick Wade lead off the inning with an infield single. Perry Smith would then send a 2-1 breaking ball over the left field fence extending the ULM lead to 3-0.
Tulane looked as if it would have a big bottom of the 5th when they loaded the bases with no outs. ULM starter Jordy Poche was able to battle back and minimize the damage only allowing 2 runs to score. Poche was solid on the mound for the Warhawks giving up just four hits and 2 runs in his 5 innings of work. Poche struck out 6 and walked 3 on the night.
ULM reliever Justin Anderson was able to get the first 2 Tulane batters out in the bottom of the 6th but walked the next two and gave up a single that tie the game at 3.
ULM was able to battle back in the top of the 7th and take the lead back 4-3. Nick Wade would reach on an error and advance to second base on a Kelvin York single up the middle. Perry Smith then was called on to advance the runner laying down a bunt. An error by the Tulane first baseman would allow Nick Wade to score the go ahead and eventual winning run for the Warhawks.
ULM stopper Derek Ward came into the game with one out in the bottom of the 8th and did what he does best and that's close the door. Ward made it interesting in the 9th when he walked 2 Green Wave but stuck out Scott Powell, Seth Henry, and Dyer to end the game.
Jon Prevost and Perry Smith both had 2 hits for the Warhawks and Ben Soignier, Nick Wade, and Kelvin York all had one hit a piece. ULM will return home for a three game series against Grambling this weekend.