ST. LOUIS, Mo. (April 3, 2015) – Saint Louis broke a tie game by plating seven runs in the sixth inning and the Billikens clinched the series with an 11-4 victory over ETSU on Friday night at the Billiken Sports Complex.
Miscues haunted ETSU (12-17) midway through the game as an error in the bottom of the fifth inning snapped Lee Haeberle’s (Hendersonville, Tenn.) shutout bid as two unearned runs came home, while a dropped pop out with two outs in the sixth allowed three more unearned runs crossing the plate.
Haeberle (2-5) suffered the loss as he surrendered six runs (four earned) on nine hits in 5.1 innings of work, while Saint Louis (20-10) reliever Thompson Geron (1-1) picked up the win. Geron allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits in one inning of relief.
The Bucs – who have dropped 10 of their last 11 – were out-hit by the Billikens, 11-6.
Senior Zach Thompson (Johnson City, Tenn.) – who scored the first run of the game in the top of the fifth – went 2 for 3 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI, while fellow senior Jordan Sanford (Powell, Tenn.) was 1 for 3 with a run scored and junior Andrew Lasure (Stanford, Ky.) had a pinch hit RBI single in the seventh.
With Haeberle hanging goose eggs in the first four innings, the Blue and Gold rewarded the Buccaneer hurler with the lead when Thompson was hit by pitch to leadoff the fifth and scored on Chris Cook’s (Kingsport, Tenn.) RBI ground out.
The lead didn’t stand long as Josh Bunselmeyer reached on a throwing error by Cook to start the bottom of the inning and he later scored on an RBI single by Michael Bozarth, while Parker Sniatynski – who walked earlier in the frame – came in on Mike Vigliarolo’s two-out infield single, giving the Billikens a 2-1 advantage.
Unfortunately, after ETSU pulled even at two in the top of the sixth, Saint Louis responded with its seven-run inning to go ahead, 9-2. After the Billikens plated four runs earlier in the frame, Saint Louis poured more salt into the Buccaneer wound as Jake Henson – who was given an extra at-bat when Doug McFarland (Mohnton, Pa.) dropped a two-out pop up in foul territory – laced a three-RBI double to right-center to cap off the inning.
The Bucs scratched across two runs in the seventh when Lasure and Thompson came through with RBI hits, but Saint Louis got those runs back with a two-run eighth inning, making it the seven-run final.
Henson led the Billikens’ offense as he went 3 for 5 with five RBI, while Colton Frabasilio and Sniatynski registered two-hit performances in the win.
The series finale is set for 1:05 p.m. on Saturday.
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