CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – [BOX SCORE] Saint Louis University Baseball struggled to put together the timely hitting it needed on Wednesday. The Billikens recorded just two runs on seven hits as the Billikens fell to the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks 4-2.
Southeast Missouri State jumped-out to an early lead as the hot Redhawks’ bats plated two early runs. Trevor Ezell tripled with one on and one out to give the home team an early 1-0 lead. Moments later, Tristen Gagan hit a sacrifice fly to plate Chase Urhahn to make it a 2-0 lead after one.
Southeast continued its offensive momentum in the second. Urhahn grabbed his second hit of the day, an RBI double to the gap in left center to give the Redhawks a 3-0 lead.
Griffin Robinson got the start for the Billikens as the designated hitter and posted the first hit of the game for the Billikens. The junior went the other way with a grounder through the right side in the top of the third with two outs.
Saint Louis began a comeback in the top half of the fourth. After a walk was issued to Alex King and Parker Sniatynski flew out to center field, Jake Garella recorded the second hit of the day for the Billikens. The right fielder ripped a single to put runners at the corners with one out.
Carter Hanford put the Billikens on the board in the next at-bat. The third baseman hit a sacrifice fly to right, which scored King, and cut the deficit to 3-1. Nick Reeser followed with an RBI double to score Garella and made it a one-run game heading into the bottom of the fourth. This, however, was the extend of the Saint Louis offense on the day.
Southeast began to put runners in scoring position in the fifth, but with two away, Sniatynski ended the threat. The Billiken left fielder laid out and made a head-first diving catch into the wall in foul territory on the left field line to end the inning and keep the Redhawks’ lead at just one.
The Billikens made a late charge in the eighth. Sniatynski and Garella provided back-to-back singles with one out and just like that, Saint Louis had the tying run standing 90 feet away and Carter Hanford at the plate.
The Redhawks went to the bullpen and called upon Aaron Stretch to get the home team out of the jam. The Redhawks’ lefty got Hanford swinging before Reeser flied-out to right to end the threat.
The Billikens sent five pitchers to the hill on Wednesday as Connor Lehmann tossed three innings in the contest. The redshirt junior recorded four strikeouts in his outing and did not allow a hit.
The Redhawks plated another in the bottom of the eighth as Connor Basler recorded a two-out RBI single to plate an insurance run.
Garella was the standout at the plate for the Billikens on Wednesday. The sophomore from Edwardsville, Ill., went two-for-four on the day with one run scored.
Next up for the Billikens is a three-game series at home against UMass. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. CDT.