RICHMOND, Va. – Saint Louis split the double-header with VCU in Richmond Sunday night. Freshman Matt Eckelman (4-0) picked up the win in game one and Josh Moore (0-2) was tabbed with the loss in game two. The Bills are now 31-16 overall and 13-5 in conference play.
In the first game, the Billikens and Rams battled for most of the game. VCU opened scoring with a run in the fourth. Saint Louis responded with two runs in the top of the fifth to take its first lead of the series. However, the Rams tied the game in bottom of the sixth to bring the score to 2-2 through six innings.
Both squads were held scoreless until the ninth inning. Leadoff hitter Michael Bozarth ripped a single to left field to start things off. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Steve Fernandez in the next at bat. Alex Kelly hit the next ball to the third baseman, but a costly error by the Rams allowed Kelly to reach safely and Bozarth to score from second. Eckelman set VCU down in order in the bottom of the frame to seal the win for SLU.
In game two, SLU got off to a hot start, scoring two runs in the top of the first on RBI singles from Kelly and Mike Levine. VCU also scored in the first to give SLU a 2-1 lead after an inning of play.
No one scored until the seventh, when Alec Solé hit a single to center field to score Braxton Martinez. Kelly earned his fourth RBI of the day later in the seventh, scoring Jordan Hammerman. The two Billiken runs were erased by a two-run seventh from the Rams.
Heading to the ninth, SLU carried a 4-3 lead over VCU. The Rams hit two doubles in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at four.
In the tenth, Mike Vigliarolo opened up with a leadoff single. Levine put a charge into the ball for a one-out double to left field to score Viglarolo from first. However, VCU loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth with two away. A single from the Rams scored the game-winning run and wrapped up the game at 6-5. It is the second time this week the Billikens have lost in extra innings.
Saint Louis will host Saint Joseph’s at the Billiken Sports Center for a three-game series, beginning May 10. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Last season, the Hawks were the only team to sweep SLU in St. Louis.