SAINT LOUIS – [BOX SCORE] Saint Louis University Baseball just needed one run on Sunday to get the series sweep. Jackson Wark tossed seven innings of scoreless baseball and led the Billikens to a 4-0 shutout win over Chicago State.
Wark, allowed just two hits and one walk in his outing as he grabbed his second win of the year. The junior recorded seven strikeouts in with just 79 pitches thrown in his best performance of the year thus far.
With the game tied at zero through three innings, the Billikens put the first run on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Aaron Case notched one of his two hits on the day to lead-off the inning. A throwing error on Alex King’s bunt in the following at-bat allowed the Billiken center fielder to get to third before Parker Sniatynski broke the log jam.
With just one out, Sniatynski lifted a fly ball to right field, allowing Case to tag and score, and gave Saint Louis the lead for good.
In the eighth, Case worked a walk to lead-off the inning before King hit the first double of the eighth. With runners at second and third, Sniatynski dropped a double inside the line down the right field line, which cleared the bases, and extended the lead to 3-0.
Carter Hanford added an insurance run for the home team with an RBI infield single as the Billikens finished strong in the series finale.
Lefner entered in the eighth inning and recorded the save in another solid outing. The junior from California allowed just two hits and recorded four strikeouts as he earned his second save of the season in a two-inning outing.
Case ended the day as the lone Billiken to record multiple hits on Sunday, but eight of the nine batters for St. Louis recorded a hit.
Next up for the Billikens will be a midweek matchup against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Wednesday. First pitch is now slated for 3:00 p.m., moved up from its original 5:00 p.m. start time due to inclement weather expected in the area.