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Billikens Defeated in Shootout at Dayton

Courtesy: Saint Louis Athletics
          Release: 03/30/2012
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Junior Alex Kelly went 5-for-5 in the loss
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ST. LOUIS - The Saint Louis baseball team dropped their second contest in a row, despite scoring 12 runs. The Billikens (19-7, 3-1 A-10) allowed the Flyers of Dayton to score 13 runs on 17 hits.

The Bills were up early, leading 3-1 through three innings. The fireworks went off in the fourth frame, with the two teams scoring a combined 16 runs. With two outs and runners at first and second, senior Marco DiRoma was hit by a pitch to load the bases and launch the rally. Junior Alex Kelly doubled in the next at bat, clearing the bases. Junior Steve Fernandez then drew a walk. Kelly and Fernandez were driven in on a double off the bat of Junior Grant Nelson. Freshman Mike Vigliarolo ripped the third double of the inning and drove in Nelson in the process. Sophomore Danny Brennan scored Vigliarolo with a single up the middle. Senior Connor Gandossy drew a walk to end Dayton pitcher Mike Hauschild's day. The Flyers' bullpen escaped with no further damage.

In the bottom half of the frame, Dayton got to Junior RHP Alex Alemann. He allowed six earned runs in the inning. Prior to today's game, Alemann had allowed five earned runs in 41.1 innings pitched. Today, in 3.1 innings, he allowed seven, the most since his freshman year in 2010.

Despite the early surge of offense from both teams, the game remained tied through eight innings. In the bottom of the ninth, Dayton rattled two singles off of freshman Nick Bates. That brought in senior closer Travis Parker. The next batter sacrificed the runners into scoring position, forcing Parker to walk the following batter to keep the force play in effect. Through all of the big hits in the game the winning run was scored on a caught foul ball by Nelson, scoring the runner at third.

Kelly had a terrific day at the plate. He went five-for-five with two doubles, four RBIs and two runs scored. Nelson was also very effective, going two-for-four with a double, three RBIs and a run scored. DiRoma advanced his on base streak to 16 games with a walk in the third inning.

The Billikens return to action tomorrow. They will seek redemption against the Flyers at Noon in Dayton, Ohio. Live stats and video will be available for the contest at www.SLUBillikens.com.

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