EDWARDSVILLE, ILL. – The Billikens erupted for 14 runs in a 14-5 win over SIUE in Edwardsville. Freshman Joe Powell (2-0) gets the win in his first career start. Senior Grant Nelson hit a home run and a triple in the contest. The Bills rise to 19-10 overall with the win.
The Billikens scored early and often in Edwardsville. After SIUE jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first, SLU responded in the second with four runs of its own. Freshman catcher Jake Henson tied the game on a double down the third baseline. He scored in the next at bat on an Alec Solé triple. Solé was driven in on a Jordan Hammerman grounder. The Billikens carried a 4-2 lead through two innings.
Saint Louis tacked on another run in the fourth on a throwing error from the SIUE shortstop to extend the lead to 5-2 Saint Louis.
Nelson ripped his third home run of the year in the fifth to start the scoring for SLU. Mike Vigliarolo hit a single in the following at bat, but then stole second on the next pitch, his third steal of the season. After a pair of walks loaded the bases, Henson strode to the plate with two outs. He hit another double to left and scored two more for SLU. Solé added the fourth run of the inning on an RBI single to right. The Cougars added a run of their own in the bottom of the frame bring the score to 9-3 heading to the sixth.
In the sixth, Vigliarolo singled through the left side to score Alex Kelly. Braxton Martinez hit a double to left to score another run in the frame. A Michael Bozarth sacrifice fly scored the Bills’ third and final run of the inning. Through six, Saint Louis led 12-3.
There was even more scoring in the seventh. C.J. Rose lifted a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Jeremy Phillips, who got the first two hits of his college career in the contest. Martinez also hit a sacrifice fly to score Danny Brennan for the Billikens 14th run of the game. The Cougars tacked on a run in the bottom of the frame bring the tally to 14-4 through seven.
SIUE added their final run in the eighth, but senior RHP Marco Mejia came in and struck out the side to limit the damage.
Saint Louis will take to the field again this weekend in Indianapolis, Ind. to take on Butler in the first conference meeting between the two schools. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.