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Smith Shuts Down Northwestern in 10-4 win

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          Release: 02/23/2013
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Saint Louis bounced back from a tough loss in a big way with a 10-4 win over Northwestern in Nashville, Tenn. Junior RHP Clay Smith (2-0) gets the win after hurling six innings of shutout baseball with seven strikeouts, one walk and four hits. The Billiken pitching staff did not allow an earned run and has now gone 23 innings without an earned run.

In the second inning, the Bills put together a two-out rally. Jordan Hammerman drew a two-out walk to start the rally. He was driven to second on a single from C.J. Rose. Both advanced on a balk. With runners at second and third, freshman Michael Bozarth singled to the second baseman and advanced to second on a throwing error. Hammerman and Rose scored on the error. Bozarth was driven in on the next at-bat on an Alec Solé single to left, bringing the tally to 3-0.

In the fourth, Saint Louis erupted. Rose was hit by a pitch and advance to third on a Bozarth single. Bozarth then stole second, allowing the Wildcats to walk Solé and load the bases for Mike Levine. Levine was hit by a pitch to score Rose, and Alex Kelly was also hit in the next at-bat to score Bozarth. Grant Nelson singled to left to score Solé and Levine. Through four innings, the Billikens carried a 7-0 lead.

Mike Vigliarolo started things off in the seventh with a one-out single. Danny Brennan ran for him, and scored on an A.J. VanderVorste single.  Solé also had an RBI single in the frame, driving in Hammerman. Freshman T.J. Verdun later singled to shortstop to score VanderVorste and bring the score to 10-0 heading to the ninth.

The Wildcats did not go quietly, scoring four in the top of the ninth, thanks in part to a pinch-hit three-run home run from Jack Mitchell.

The Billikens will have a rematch against Northern Kentucky tomorrow at 1 p.m. The Norse defeated Saint Louis in extra innings Friday night for their first NCAA Division I victory.

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