Billikens Sweep Dayton to Open Conference Season
Courtesy: Saint Louis Athletics

ST. LOUIS - Alex Kelly and the Billiken offense pounded the Dayton pitching staff to sweep the defending Atlantic 10 tournament champions. Saint Louis won the first game 9-1 and the second game by a count of 7-2. Sophomore RHP Nick Bates (3-1) gets the win in the first game and junior RHP Clay Smith (3-2) gets the win in game two. Saint Louis is now 15-9 overall and 3-0 in A-10 games.

In game one, SLU's offense started hot and did not let up. Senior Mike Levine hit a sacrifice fly in the second to open the scoring at 1-0. Dayton responded in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at one.

In the third, Alec Solé stole third and scored on a throwing error by the UD catcher. Kelly later scored in the same inning on a wild pitch.

Kelly laced a double to center in the fifth to score Solé and draw the score to 4-1 through five innings.

Kelly kept the offense going in the seventh with a lead off single. He later scored on a throwing error by the UD shortstop. 

Michael Bozarth opened up a big eighth inning with an RBI single to left center. Senior Grant Nelson expanded the lead with a two-RBI single to left. 

In the final inning, Solé ripped a double to left center to score Levine. The Flyers were unable to plate any more runs and ended up with a 9-1 loss.

Smith took the mound for Saint Louis in the second game of the double header. He dominated the Flyer lineup, throwing seven shutout innings with only two hits (no walks) and four strikeouts.

The Saint Louis offense helped Smith in his outing. In the first inning Kelly blasted his fifth home run of the season to score two quick runs. Freshman Braxton Martinez added to the lead in the third with an RBI double. Kelly tacked on a sacrifice fly to right in the fourth to score Levine. Jordan Hammerman had a sacrifice fly of his own in the sixth to score Levine. Kelly wrapped up the Billiken scoring in the eighth with two more RBIs on a double to center. The final score came to 7-2.

On the day, Kelly was four-for-seven with a home run, two doubles and six RBIs. The double play pairing of Levine and Solé also had great days at the dish. Levine was five-of-seven with four runs scored and Solé was five-of-seven with three runs scored and a double.

The Billikens will return to action on Tuesday, March 26 when they head to Charleston, Ill. to take on Eastern Illinois. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.