Late Home Runs Lift Billikens to DH Split
MERION STATION, Pa. - Alyson Brand hit a game-tying home run in the sixth inning, and Kelsey Biggs delivered a game-winning long ball in the seventh as Saint Louis posted a 5-3 victory over Saint Joseph's Sunday afternoon at SJU Softball Field, earning a split of an Atlantic 10 Conference doubleheader.
Saint Joseph's won the opener 2-0.
Brand's homer, her fourth of the season, was a one-out shot that came after Saint Joseph's (18-27-1, 7-10-1 A-10) had taken a 3-2 lead with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Biggs broke the 3-3 tie by leading off the seventh with her fourth big fly of the year. Kerri Dockins and Erin Harcar followed with singles, and the Billikens (21-31, 8-10 A-10) added an insurance run when Laura Bohning came through with a two-out single that plated Dockins.
Saint Louis earned a 2-0 lead with single tallies in the first and third frames.
Jessica Buschjost reached on an error leading off the game. Buschjost stole second, moved to third on Lindsay Friedman's sacrifice and scored on Bohning's single.
In the third, Buschjost led off with an infield single, advanced to third on Friedman's sacrifice and Bohning's groundout, and scored on a two-out single by Brand.
Kelcie Matesa (6-7) pitched two scoreless relief innings to pick up the win. Matesa did not allow a hit while striking out one and walking one. Starter Hannah Huebbe scattered three hits while working the first five innings.
Friedman and Jessica Van Nostrand added a single apiece to the Bills' 10-hit attack.
In the opener, Saint Joseph's grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first and made it 2-0 in the fifth. Saint Louis failed to score in the second after singles by Brand and Rachel Faletto put runners at first and second with nobody out. The Bills had the tying run aboard in the fourth, and at the plate in the sixth and seventh, but could not capitalize.
Faletto had two hits, while Buschjost and Van Nostrand each recorded a single. Julian Austin (5-11), who yielded six hits and a walk while fanning four in five innings, absorbed the loss. Matesa tossed a perfect sixth inning in relief.The Billikens host Southeast Missouri State Tuesday, May 1, in a doubleheader that starts at 3 p.m. SLU welcomes George Washington to the Billiken Sports Center Saturday, May 5, for an A-10 twinbill that begins at noon.