ST. LOUIS - Junior Mike Levine drove in four runs to help power the Billikens past Dayton, 12-5. Saint Louis is now 21-7 overall and 5-1 in conference play. Sophomore Damian Rivera (3-2) picks up the win after throwing 5.1 innings, scattering six hits and allowing four earned runs. He managed five punch outs to only one walk. On the season, he has 27 strike outs and six walks allowed.
The Bills got out to an early lead, scoring two runs in the second inning. The Flyers responded with two scores of their own in the fourth. Dayton took the lead in the fifth on a home run down the left field line.
With the score 3-2 in favor of the Flyers, SLU rattled off yet another big inning in the sixth. The Billikens scored seven runs in the top half of the inning. It is the third time this season the Bills have scored seven runs in an inning, and the seventh time they have scored five or more.
The Flyers answered with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to bring the score to 9-5 through six innings. Saint Louis added three more runs in the top of the seventh. Two of those runs came on a C.J. Rose home run, his first of the season.
Saint Louis juniors were a potent force in today's game. In addition to Rose's home run and Levine's four RBIs, junior Steve Fernandez went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Fernandez also brought his hitting streak to five games.
Senior Marco DiRoma extended his on-base streak to 18 games with a single in the first inning.
Saint Louis will take on Saint Joseph's at home on Thurs. Apr. 5 at 6 p.m. This will be the first of a three game series between the conference foes.