SAINT LOUIS - [BOX SCORE] Saint Louis University Baseball made it interesting in the latter innings on Friday against the team nipping at its heels in the Atlantic 10. After entering the eighth down by four, the Billikens got a run in the eighth and two more in the ninth, but were unable to get the equalizer as they fell to the Davidson Wildcats 4-3.

 

Saint Louis (29-16, 14-2 A-10) took aim at the No. 2 team in the conference on Friday evening, but struggled to do much against Davidson’s Allen Barry. The junior right-hander entered the weekend with a 7-1 record and was as advertised in his outing.

 

Barry held the Billiken bats to one hit through five innings as he grabbed his eighth win of the season in a seven inning outing.

 

Davidson’s Brett Centracchio hit the first of his two home runs in the second inning and put the Wildcat offense on his back. The sophomore’s hit his seventh and eighth home runs of the season while Barry put together a big outing.

 

The Wildcat starting hurler allowed just one run, a solo home run to Cole Dubet in the bottom of the eighth, as the Billikens dropped their second A-10 game of 2018.

 

Saint Louis took its momentum from the eighth and followed with a near comeback in the ninth. Jake Garella and Nick Reeser put together back-to-back singles to lead-off the inning. Davidson countered with a pair of pitching changes, which led to two consecutive outs before Dubet answered the bell yet again. The second baseman singled home a run to make it a 4-2 game.

 

Kyle Fletcher came to the plate with two away and delivered another run for the home team. The Billiken designated hitter smacked a sharp grounder down the third base line, which he legged-out for an infield hit. The base knock scored Reeser from third, and error by Centracchio at first allowed Dubet to third as the game-tying run. That was as far as the rally got, however.

 

Dubet finished with a three-hit night while Garella collected a pair of hits each.

 

Game two of the series is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday as Jackson Wark will put his 8-2 record on the line.