BRONX, N.Y. - Alex Alemann notched six strikeouts over eight and a third innings pitched, but ended up losing to Richmond 6-0. Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year Zak Sterling threw a four-hit shutout against the Billikens. Saint Louis falls to 40-17 in 2012.
The game began with a nearly four-hour rain delay, which caused a last-minute schedule adjustment. Game six, scheduled for later today, will now be played Friday morning.
The damage from the Spiders came in the first inning. Alemann struck out the first batter he faced, but allowed a single and a walk to put runners at first and second with one away. Richmond's Chris Cowell put a ball into the left field bleachers to take a 3-0 lead in the first.
There was little action left in the game, as the two starting pitchers traded outs for a majority of the game. In the ninth, Alemann ran into some trouble. He loaded the bases with one out and walked in Richmond's fourth run. Jim Foster came in to finish the game for Saint Louis. He earned a pop up to Mike Levine at second base for out number two. The next at bat was a short bloop single to center field, scoring two more, bringing the final tally to 6-0.
Today's game was the third upset of the A-10 tournament. Number 3 seed Rhode Island and number 4 seed Massachusetts lost their tournament openers in Wednesday's games.
The Billikens will face the winner of tomorrow morning's game six (first pitch at 9:30 a.m. central) on Friday at approximately 4:00 p.m. Official game times for the rest of the tournament will be released later in the day. Log in to www.SLUBillikens.com for updated game times, as they are made available.