CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Saint Louis recorded a season-high 20 hits in today’s elimination game win over George Washington. The Billikens will move on to a second elimination game tonight against Xavier. The Musketeers handed SLU its loss in their first game.
Sophomore Nick Bates gets the win in the contest, rising to 8-3 on the year. He is now fifth in single season wins and 10th all-time at Saint Louis. Bates allowed three earned runs with 10 hits, six strikeouts and two walks.
The Billiken offense was dominant in the first inning. They hit through the order in the first, scoring seven runs on eight hits (three doubles) and an error. It is the second time in the tournament that the Billikens have batted around in an inning.
In the second inning, George Washington scored on an RBI single to center field in the top of the inning. The Bills got that run back in the bottom of the frame on a single to right from Braxton Martinez, scoring two and bringing the lead to 9-1 Saint Louis.
The Billikens extended the lead again in the third, scoring on a wild pitch and an Alex Kelly double. Through the first three innings, SLU led 11-1.
The Colonials tagged another run on in the fourth, drawing the score to 11-2 Saint Louis.
Both teams were held scoreless until the bottom of the seventh, when Michael Bozarth and Kelly each hit RBI doubles, scoring two and bringing the SLU lead up to 13-2.
The Colonials put two runs on the board in the ninth, but Bates worked out of it, sealing his first career complete game, 13-4.
Kelly led the way offensively, going four-for-five with three RBIs and two runs scored. Bozarth added four hits of his own with a run and an RBI, while Alec Solé tacked on three hits with two runs and two RBIs.
First pitch for tonight’s second elimination contest against Xavier is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. CT.