Updated on Saturday, May 12 to reflect the rain out of the series finale.
SAINT LOUIS – [GAME ONE BOX] [GAME TWO BOX] Saint Louis University Baseball totaled 17 runs over the course of two games on Friday as it took care of business with 9-1 and 8-4 wins at St. Bonaventure.
Saint Louis (32-17, 17-3 A-10) put together a powerful offensive display in game one before taking care of business in game two. With inclement weather in the area of Olean, N.Y., Saturday’s series finale was rained-out.
Cole Dubet got the Billikens going early in the first inning of game one with a double down the left field line to set-up the first run of the game. Nick Reeser capitalized on the early RBI opportunity as he singled to right field to put Saint Louis up 1-0 after the first.
James Morisano and Kyle Fletcher both found their way on-base to begin the second thanks to a hit and an RBI. The Billiken catcher led-off with a single before Fletcher followed with a walk to put the first runner of the inning in scoring position.
Aaron Case set the stage for an RBI groundout from Dubet with a sacrifice bunt as the Billikens extended the lead to 2-0. Fletcher came home to score one batter later as Reeser doubled to left field to give the visitors a 3-0 advantage. Reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Week, Jake Garella, concluded the second inning scoring with an RBI double as Saint Louis put together a three-run inning.
Hogan looked sharp early as he only allowed one hit through three innings and collected four strikeouts. After three innings, the Billikens held a commanding 4-0 lead.
Garella busted the game wide open in the top of the fourth when he took a 1-0 offering deep to right center for a grand slam, his first homer of the season (second of his career). Another run came across to score in the top of the fifth, extending the lead to 9-0.
The Bonnies finally broke through against Hogan in the bottom of the sixth after a throwing error put a runner in scoring position for Jeff Palczewski, who singled in the run. The Bonnies were able to load the bases later in the inning, but Hogan worked out nicely ending the inning with a strikeout.
Garella had a huge game one on Friday. The sophomore recorded a career-high five RBI, four of which came on the first grand slam of his career. Hogan was dominant yet again throwing seven solid frames, striking out nine Bonnies while only surrendering one run.
Game two started in the same fashion as the Billikens plated the first run of the game in the first inning. Case reached on an error and came around to score on an RBI fielder’s choice to put the team in blue on top 1-0.
After the Bonnies tied the game in the bottom of the first, the Saint Louis bats went back to work in the third. Ryan Hernandez singled to start the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt to put the second run in scoring position.
Reeser stepped to the plate shortly after a wild pitch advanced Hernandez to third and delivered a run on a single to right field.
A second wild pitch would later prove deadly for St. Bonaventure. With the bases loaded, a wild pitch allowed Reeser to score and the Saint Louis quickly grabbed a 3-1 lead.
Saint Louis never trailed in game two as Jackson Wark grabbed his Atlantic 10-leading ninth win of the season. The junior went six and a third innings and allowed one run on five hits as he struck-out seven on the day.
The Billikens plated another run in the sixth before a three-run outburst in the eighth sealed the deal. Saint Louis took advantage of two St. Bonaventure errors in the top-half of the eighth as it finished with three runs on two hits.
With the rain-out on Saturday, the Billikens will head home to face SIU in the final non-conference weekday matchup of the regular season. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Ill.