Baseball Loses Pitchers' Duel, 3-1

Courtesy: Saint Louis Athletics
          Release: 05/18/2012
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Alec Sole lit a spark in the ninth and scored SLU's only run of the contest.
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ST. LOUIS - The Billikens' win streak has been snapped at nine games with a 3-1 loss at Northwestern today. Alex Alemann was tabbed with the loss, his first of the season. He turned in a great performance, going five innings of shutout baseball before a three-run sixth took him out of the game. He had six strikeouts and no walks.

The Northwestern starter, Brandon Magallones threw a gem. He went eight innings, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out four.

The difference-maker of the game was the Wildcat sixth inning. Paul Snieder hit a two-run triple before crossing the plate himself, scoring all three Northwestern runs.

The Billikens threatened in the ninth inning. Freshman Alec Sole delivered another clutch hit to leadoff the ninth. His double-play partner Mike Levine was hit by a pitch to move runners to first and second with no one out. Jerry Mancuso ripped a single through the left side to load the bases. However, the Bills were only able to plate one run in the inning.

The deciding game between the two teams will be tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. in Evanston, Ill. If the Billikens can earn a victory, they will become the second team in A-10 history to achieve 40 wins.

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