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Billikens Weather the Storm in Win Against WIU

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          Release: 03/16/2012
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ST. LOUIS - Despite a sudden downpour that pushed gametime back three hours, the Saint Louis Billikens pulled out a 6-2 win over the Leathernecks of Western Illinois. The Bills are now 14-5 on the year and have won eight straight contests.

The Billikens sent out junior RHP Alex Alemann for the start. Entering the contest, Alemann had an ERA of 0.31, the seventh-lowest figure in the NCAA. That low number was due in large part to a 23 inning scoreless streak.

In the fifth inning of the contest, Alemann hit a rough patch. Over his previous four starts, Alemann had walked four. In the fifth inning, he allowed three free passes. He also allowed a two-out RBI single, to halt his scoreless streak at 27.2 innings. He escaped the inning with no further damage. Later in the game, he allowed his first home run of the season to WIU's Marcuzzo.

Though the game was a tough outing by Alemann's standards, it was a solid performance. He went 7.0 IP, allowing four hits, two runs, five strikeouts and three walks.

Offensively, the Bills were lead by sophomore Danny Brennan and freshman Alec Sole. Brennan was 3-for-4 and scored three runs. Sole went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Freshman Mike Vigliarolo also launched a two run home run in the fourth.

Senior Marco DiRoma was hitless for the first time in nine games, ending the season's longest hitting streak for the Bills. However, DiRoma did get on base in the contest, drawing that streak to nine games. Junior Steve Fernandez is currently on a ten-game on base streak.

Next up for SLU will be Air Force. The game is slated to take place tomorrow, but due to the recent downpour, game times have yet to be confirmed. More information will be released on www.SLUBillikens.com when it is finalized.

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