HAMMOND, La. - Jessica Van Nostrand had three hits and three RBIs to lead Saint Louis to a 5-0 triumph over Nicholls State Friday afternoon at Southeastern Louisiana's Jimmy John's Lion Classic 1.
The Billikens, who earlier defeated Jacksonville State 5-2, improved to 2-0. Nicholls State slipped to 1-1.
Van Nostrand matched the RBI total she produced in the Jacksonville State game. Two of her three hits against Nicholls State were doubles, giving her three on the young season.
Nicholls State committed four errors, and all five Saint Louis runs were unearned.
The Billikens scored all they would need in the top of the first. Jessica Buschjost reached on a two-base error, and Madeline Brungardt reached on another miscue while sacrificing Buschjost to third.
After Brungardt stole second, Van Nostrand poked a single that scored Buschjost and moved Brungardt to third. Van Nostrand went to second on the play. Alyson Brand made it 2-0 and reached on a fielder's choice with a squeeze bunt that plated Brungardt and advanced Van Nostrand to third. With one out, Elizabeth Everingham's ground ball chased Van Nostrand home to boost the Billiken lead to 3-0.
Saint Louis added two insurance runs in the fourth. Erin Harcar singled with one out, stole second and scooted to third when Buschjost reached on an error. Buschjost swiped second, and one out later, Van Nostrand doubled to right center to give the Bills a 5-0 cushion.
Buschjost, Lindsay Friedman, Kelsey Biggs and Everingham had a single apiece for the Billikens.
Winning pitcher Laney Kneib worked the first four innings and allowed no hits and one walk. Brianna Lore gave just one hit in two innings, and Everingham yielded two hits in the seventh but preserved the shutout.SLU plays twice again Saturday, taking on UT Martin at 10 a.m. and tournament host Southeastern Louisiana at 12:30 p.m.