Brand Drives in Three, Bills Top Rams 4-2
ST. LOUIS - Alyson Brand was 3-for-3 and drove in three runs to lead Saint Louis to a 4-2 Atlantic 10 Conference win over Rhode Island Saturday at the Billiken Sports Center.
With SLU leading 2-0, the game was resumed in the top of the fifth after being halted by rain Friday night.
Laura Bohning was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Billikens, who improved to 14-16 overall and 1-1 in the A-10. Rhode Island, which won the opener of the two-game set 8-3, slipped to 8-14, 1-1.
When the game resumed, Rhode Island's Stacey Fox (walk) was at first base. Fox moved to second on a sacrifice, advanced to third on a ground ball and scored on Courtney Prendergast's team-leading fifth home run of the season.
The Billikens answered right away by scoring two unearned runs in the bottom of the frame. Jessica Buschjost led off and reached when the URI first baseman dropped a throw from the third baseman. Buschjost advanced on a ground ball and scored from second on Brand's single to deep shortstop.
Brand moved to second on a wild pitch, and Bohning's single up the middle plated pinch runner Liz Jones to make it 4-2.
Saint Louis took a 1-0 lead in the first. Lindsay Friedman drew a one-out walk, moved to second on a ground ball and scored on Brand's single up the middle.
The Billikens made it 2-0 in the third. Buschjost led off with a bunt single, stole second and scored on Brand's two-out single to left.
Kelly Flanagan (double) and Rachel Faletto had a hit apiece for Saint Louis.
Hannah Huebbe (8-6) collected the win in relief. Huebbe allowed just one hit and struck out one in 2 1/3 innings of work. Starter Julian Austin tossed 4 2/3 innings and fanned three while yielding two runs, five hits and three walks.The Billikens host Massachusetts in a doubleheader Sunday, March 25. The starting time has been moved up an hour to 11 a.m.