Billikens Set School Mark With 11th Straight Win
ST. LOUIS - The Saint Louis University baseball team captured a school-record 11th consecutive victory Saturday afternoon, defeating Temple 8-2 at the Billiken Sports Center in the continuation of a game halted by stormy weather Friday night.
The Billikens (17-5, 1-0 Atlantic 10) broke the mark of 10 straight wins established by the 1966 team.
Alex Alemann picked up his fifth win in as many chances after tossing five innings of work. He gave up two earned runs on seven hits and struck out five Owls.
Steve Fernandez led the way for the offense with five RBIs on two hits, including a first-inning grand slam.
In the opening frame, Saint Louis loaded the bases with two hit-by-pitches and a walk to set the table for Fernandez.
The home team plated two more runs in the second inning. Mike Levine kept the inning alive with a two-out double to right center and scored on an Alex Kelly single to center field. Marco DiRoma, who walked on a full count, moved to third on the play and scored on Fernandez's single to left center, putting Saint Louis up 6-0.
Temple (10-12) got on the board in the third inning, plating just the third run given up by Alemann in 39 innings. A leadoff walk came around to score on a fielder's choice groundout to shortstop Alec Sole.
Saint Louis answered with a run in the bottom half of the frame. Danny Brennan laced a single through the right side with one out, stole second and reached third on a passed ball. Sole drove home Brennan with a single up the middle, increasing the Billikens' lead to 7-1 after three innings.
The Owls added a run in the fourth inning after a leadoff double to left center came in to score on a ground out to first base.
DiRoma led off the Bills' fourth with a five-pitch walk. He stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher and scored on a sacrifice fly to right field off the bat of Kelly.
Alemann put up a zero on the scoreboard in the Owls top half of the fifth inning, his final inning of work. A 30-minute lightning delay halted play before the Bills took their turn at the plate in the fifth inning.
Saint Louis turned its first double play of the game in the sixth inning after relief pitcher Jerry Mancuso walked the leadoff batter. Grant Nelson scooped up the ground ball and fired it to second, and Levine's quick turn to first completed the double play.Mancuso got more defensive help in the seventh inning when Levine went horizontal on a one-hopper up the middle to record the second out. A downpour postponed the game for the night just three pitches later.