Biggs Homers Twice in Nightcap, Bills Sweep La Salle
PHILADELPHIA - Kelsey Biggs hit two home runs to lead a 15-hit Saint Louis attack in the Billikens' 12-0, five-inning win over La Salle Sunday, giving SLU a sweep of an Atlantic 10 Conference doubleheader.
The Billikens won the opener 4-2 to snap a five-game losing skid. SLU improved to 19-23 overall and 6-6 in the A-10 with the sweep, while La Salle fell to 6-31, 0-10.
Biggs' first homer was a one-out solo shot in the second inning that put the Billikens on top 1-0. That proved to be the only run needed by Kelcie Matesa (5-7), who fired her second shutout of the season. Matesa allowed just two hits and a walk while striking out seven.
Lindsay Friedman followed Biggs' blast with her second home run of the season for a 2-0 SLU lead. Kerri Dockins kept the inning going with a two-out double, and after Jessica Buschjost walked, Erin Harcar's single plated Dockins to make it 3-0.
Buschjost scored on Laura Bohning's single, the first of Bohning's three hits. Harcar scooted home on a double steal to give SLU a 5-0 cushion.
Saint Louis duplicated the outburst in the third inning, scoring all five runs with two outs. Friedman was hit by a pitch, advanced to third on another double by Dockins and scored on Buschjost's infield single. Buschjost stole second, and the Bills scored again when the shortstop - who had taken the throw from the catcher - threw wildly to third in an attempt to retire Dockins.
Buschjost scored on a single by Harcar, who took second on the throw to the plate. Bohning followed with an infield single, and Harcar scored when the pitcher threw the ball away. Alyson Brand's double brought Bohning home to put SLU in front 10-0.
The Billikens closed the scoring in the fifth as Biggs registered her second home run of the game and season. It was a two-run clout that scored Breanna Lockette, who had drawn a two-out walk.
Bohning doubled in the first inning, tying her for the team lead with six two-baggers. Buschjost was 2-for-3 for her team-leading 12th multi-hit game, while Rachel Faletto and Jessica Van Nostrand added a single apiece.
The Billikens grabbed a 1-0 edge in the first inning of game one. Buschjost led off with a single, stole second, moved to third on a throwing error by the catcher and scored on Brand's sacrifice fly.
A pair of solo home runs in the bottom of the inning gave the Explorers a 2-1 lead, a score that held until the Saint Louis fourth.
Bohning led off with a single and advanced to third on Brand's sacrifice and Faletto's single. She scored the tying run on a single by Biggs.
After Faletto and Biggs pulled off a double steal, Friedman came through with a single that plated Faletto with the go-ahead run. Friedman was thrown out at second, but Biggs caught the La Salle defense napping and dashed home to make it 4-2.
La Salle brought the potential tying run to the plate in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, but SLU hurler Julian Austin (4-7) shut the door each time. Austin fanned five, did not walk a batter and, after surrendering three first-inning hits, scattered four safeties the rest of the game.
Friedman was 2-for-3, and Van Nostrand recorded a single.Saint Louis steps out of A-10 play Wednesday, April 18, with a 3 p.m. single game at SIU Edwardsville.