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Erin Harcar
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Austin, Billikens Blank SEMO in Opener

Courtesy: Saint Louis Athletics
          Release: 05/01/2012
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ST. LOUIS - Julian Austin tossed a five-hitter, and right fielder Erin Harcar cut down the tying run at the plate in the top of the seventh as Saint Louis defeated Southeast Missouri State 1-0 in game one of a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at the Billiken Sports Center.

SEMO won the nightcap 6-1.

In the opener, the Billikens (22-32) scored the only run of the game in the second inning.

Rachel Faletto led off with a walk and was forced at second on an unsuccessful sacrifice attempt by Jessica Van Nostrand. Van Nostrand advanced to second on a Kelsey Biggs single, scooted to third on Kerri Dockins' fly ball to right field and scored on Harcar's single.

Austin (6-11) allowed a single to Evan Sallis leading off the game, but catcher Alyson Brand nailed Sallis trying to steal. Austin then pitched around a two-out walk by striking out Taylor Cowan.

In the second, the sophomore right-hander issued a leadoff walk to Lindsey Patterson before retiring 12 Redhawks in succession. Kaitlin Wallace broke the string with a sixth-inning leadoff double, but Austin set down the next three batters to keep SEMO off the board.

The Redhawks rallied with two outs in the seventh as infield singles by Xia Wilson and Simone Patterson put runners at first and second. Shelby Stein followed with a sharp single to right, but Harcar's throw reached home on the fly, and Brand tagged out pinch runner Renee Terry to end the game.

Austin struck out four and walked two. Dockins and Jessica Buschjost collected two hits apiece, while Brand and Faletto had a double and single, respectively.

In game two, SEMO (23-30) did all its damage in the first inning, scoring six runs on six hits against SLU starter Hannah Huebbe (10-14). Kelcie Matesa fanned five and yielded just two hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings of relief.

The Billikens scored their only run in the second. Lindsey Friedman drew a one-out walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Van Nostrand's single up the middle. Buschjost's sixth-inning single was SLU's only other hit.

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