Billikens Breeze to 13th Straight Win
ST. LOUIS -- Damian Rivera tossed six shutout innings, and C.J. Rose and Danny Brennan drove in three runs apiece to lead Saint Louis to its 13th consecutive victory, a 10-1 triumph over Temple Sunday afternoon at the Billiken Sports Center.
The Billikens, who added to their school-record winning streak, improved to 19-5 overall and 3-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Temple fell to 10-14, 0-3.
Rivera (2-2) scattered five hits, struck out four and did not walk a batter. James Norwood and Travis Parker each registered a scoreless inning in relief.
Grant Nelson led SLU's 15-hit attack with a 3-for-4 effort that included a double. Connor Gandossy was 2-for-3 with a triple, while Brennan was 2-for-5. Eleven Billikens picked up at least one hit.
Saint Louis scored a run in the first inning after Marco DiRoma reached base and advanced to second on an error by the Temple shortstop. With two outs and two on, Nelson unloaded on a 2-and-1 pitch off the left-field wall to plate DiRoma and put the Bills up 1-0.
Steve Fernandez drew a four-pitch walk with one out in the third inning and advanced to second on Mike Vigliarolo's single to center field. Brennan laced a single to left field that scored Fernandez, and Vigliarolo scored when the left fielder misplayed the ball, putting Saint Louis on top 3-0.
Gandossy led off the fourth with a triple to deep right-center field, just out of the reach of center fielder Jabair Khan. Alec Sole drove in Gandossy with a single down the left-field line.
Sole welcomed relief pitcher Dan Moller with a stolen base on the first pitch. DiRoma singled to second base, and Sole scored when the second baseman threw the ball away. DiRoma stole second and moved to third on an errant throw by the catcher before scoring on Alex Kelly's sacrifice fly for a 6-0 Billiken lead.
Saint Louis plated two more runs in the sixth. A.J. Vandervorste drew a full-count walk to start the inning. After two quick outs, Nelson singled through the right side for his third hit of the game. Rose made it 8-0 with a pinch-hit double to deep center.
Temple got on the board in the eighth, only to see SLU counter with two tallies in the bottom of the frame.
Singles by Jerry Mancuso and Jordan Hammerman and a Temple error loaded the bases with one out. Rose's sacrifice fly scored Mancuso, and Brennan's single chased home Hammerman with the final run.The Billikens are back in action Tuesday, March 27, at Eastern Illinois. Game time is 3 p.m.