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Richmond Ends Saint Louis' Season

Courtesy: Saint Louis Athletics
          Release: 05/26/2012
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Freshman Nick Bates threw six strong innings in a losing effort
Courtesy: Saint Louis Athletics

BRONX, N.Y. - The 2012 Saint Louis baseball season has come to a close. The Billikens dropped a heartbreaking effort to Richmond, 3-2. Saint Louis wraps up the year with a school-record 41-18 overall ledger.

The Billikens opened up the scoring with a Marco DiRoma sacrifice fly in the first inning. Richmond responded in the bottom of the frame with a run of their own to draw the score even at one.

Saint Louis regained the lead in the third. DiRoma drew a two-out walk and stole second for his 15th steal of the season. Freshman Mike Vigliarolo ripped a triple to right field to score DiRoma and take a 2-1 lead through three innings.

In the seventh, there were some dramatics. With a runner at second, Richmond ripped a ball down the first base line. The first base umpire called the ball fair and the Spiders started hustling to score. However, the home plate umpire waved it off, overruling the call. Travis Parker later got the out and escaped the inning with no damage done.

Richmond caught a break in the eighth when it scored a run on an error to tie the game at two. Richmond rallied in the bottom of the ninth, all with two outs, to win the game. A walk and an infield single put runners at first and second for Richmond leadoff hitter Zink, who reached on an error that would plate the eventual winning run.

The 2012 Bills had one of the best campaigns in school history. The team's 41 wins are a school record. The squad also claimed first place in the A-10 for the first time in history.

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