INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – Saint Louis baseball racked up 18 hits in a 10-5 win over Butler. Sophomore RHP Nick Bates (4-2) gets the win after throwing six innings with three earned runs. The Billikens are now 21-10 overall and 7-1 in conference play.
The Bills wasted no time getting after the Bulldog pitchers. Michael Bozarth led off the game with a single and was followed by an Alex Kelly double to put runners at second and third with Grant Nelson at the plate. Nelson drove both in on a grounder up the middle. Later in the inning, Jordan Hammerman lifted a sacrifice fly to center to give the Billikens three runs in the early going. Butler scored one in the bottom of the frame to give the Bills an early 3-1 lead.
Freshman Braxton Martinez blasted a two-run home to left in the third inning, scoring the fourth and fifth runs of the game. The shot was his fourth of the year. Again, Butler responded with a run in the bottom of the third, cutting the lead to 5-2 through three innings.
Alec Solé drove in his team-leading 23rd RBI of the season in the fourth on a RBI single to left center. The Bulldogs offset the run in the bottom of the inning and kept the deficit to three runs.
In the next three innings, Butler came roaring back to cut the lead to a single run in the eighth. With the tying run on third, LHP Jon Levin entered the game to maintain the lead. He enticed a popup to second to cling to a 6-5 lead heading to the ninth inning.
In the ninth, Saint Louis turned the momentum around to turn in a big inning. C.J. Rose hit a clutch single to left center to score two runs. Bozarth ripped a double to the wall in left center to score another run. He later came around to score the Billikens’ 10th and final run of the game.
The Saint Louis offense collected 18 hits in today’s contest. It is the 10th time in the past 12 games that the Billikens have amassed double-digit hits, and the 18th time this season. The Bills have 334 hits so far in 2013, putting them on pace for 592, which would be the third-highest total in school history.
The final game of the series will take place tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. CT. Junior RHP Clay Smith will take the hill for the Billikens.