WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - The Billikens opened their trip to Winter Haven, Fla. with an offensive surge. Senior Connor Gandossy led the Billiken offense to a 13-run day, defeating the Mountaineers of Mount St. Mary's 13-11. Junior Alex Kelly hit his second home run in as many games and junior Grant Nelson went two-for-two with two doubles, while drawing two walks.
The Bills had a big second inning, with Nelson leading off with a hit by pitch. Senior Marco DiRoma followed with a single. Junior Mike Levine then drove Nelson in with a single. With two on and no one out, Gandossy crushed a three-run shot, capping a quick four run inning.
They had an even bigger seventh, with Nelson yet again leading off with a hit by pitch and DiRoma knocking a single through the Mountaineer defense. Levine popped up to the shortstop and Gandossy drew a walk. Freshman Alec Solé stepped to the dish with two outs and drew a bases-loaded walk. Freshman Mike Vigliarolo then pinch hit and ripped a single, scoring DiRoma and Gandossy. Junior C.J. Rose then drove junior Jordan Hammerman (pinch running for Vigliarolo) and Solé in with a single. The Bills sent five across the plate in the inning.
Saint Louis wasn't done scoring, adding two more in the eighth and a solo shot from Kelly in the ninth.
Mancuso picks up the win, going 3.0 IP, with six hits, three earned runs with three strikeouts and 2 walks. Parker picked up the final two outs by striking out two of the three batters he faced.
The Billikens return to action tomorrow playing two games against Mount St. Mary's. The first game will start at Noon Central with the second game immediately after.