ST. LOUIS - The Billikens' defeated the Saint Peter's Peacocks 8-5 in game one of a doubleheader, but fell in game two 5-6. Clay Smith (1-1) gets the win in game one with Zach Girrens (1) getting the save. Robert Plohr (0-1) was tagged with the loss in game two. The split puts Saint Louis at 3-5 overall.
The offense exploded for Saint Louis in game one. The Billikens opened scoring in the second with Braxton Martinez hitting a leadoff double and scoring on a groundout from Colton Frabasilio. They added a run in the fourth on an RBI single from Danny Brennan, scoring Martinez from third. The Bills tacked on another run in the sixth on an RBI single up the middle from Danny Mannion, scoring Frabasilio.
The big inning for Saint Louis came in the seventh. Michael Bozarth was hit by a pitch, and later scored on an RBI single from Alec Solé, Martinez continued his big day with an RBI single to score Solé. Pinch runner Drew Curtis also scored in the seventh on a fielder's choice, followed by a throwing error. Through seven innings, SLU held a 6-0 lead over the Peacocks.
Saint Peter's made a run in the final two innings, plating two runs in the eighth and three in the ninth, but the Billikens responded with an RBI single by Bozarth in the eighth and a Danny Murphy solo home run in the ninth. Girrens entered with the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth and got the lineout to end the threat and seal the 8-5 win.
In game two, the Bills continued to score early. Mike Vigliarolo drove in Bozarth in the first inning for an early lead. Saint Louis added two more runs in the second on a Curtis RBI double and a Bozarth sacrifice fly to bring the tally to 3-0 in favor of SLU.
Saint Peter's tied the game in the fifth with a three-run inning. The Peacocks took the lead in the seventh with another three-run inning.
The Billikens pushed in the eighth, with Josh Bunselmeyer coming off the bench with a pinch hit double to score two runs. Saint Louis could not score the tying run and dropped game two 5-6.
The Bills will take on Wake Forest tomorrow at 3 p.m. (CT) in Winston-Salem, N.C. Saint Louis will send junior RHP James Norwood (1-0) to the hill against the Demon Deacons.