ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The Saint Louis baseball team took down the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota 11-0 to win their 2012 home opener. The Billikens move to 9-5 this season. Junior RHP Alex Alemann grabs the win to advance to 3-0 on the year. The win marks the 17th vicory of Alemann's career. He is now tied with Mack Schwarz and Dan Wetzel for the third-most wins in SLU history.
On the hill, Alemann was impressive again. He went seven innings of shutout baseball, lowering his season ERA to 0.31, the best mark in the Atlantic 10. Over the seven frames, he had eight punchouts, no walks and only four hits against him. On the season, Alemann has amassed a conference-leading 27 strikeouts and a mere four walks. He has held opposing hitters to a .129 batting average. Alemann has gone 23 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.
Senior DH Marco DiRoma was a force at the plate and on the basepaths. The former catcher went 4-for-4 with with runs scored, a double and three stolen bases. He was one steal shy of the Saint Louis single game mark set by Scott Malchow in 1993.
DiRoma has been swinging a hot bat in 2012. In 24 at-bats, he is hitting a team-leading .583, with a .792 slugging percentage and a .667 on-base percentage, also team bests. He is also top on the team with four swipes on the year.
Junior Alex Kelly continued to thrive with a 2-for-2 day. He blasted his third round-tripper of the year while driving in two and scoring twice.
Game two of the three-game series will begin tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at the Billiken Sports Center. Probable starters are sophomore LHP Damian Rivera for Saint Louis and RHP Andrew Thome for UND.