ST. LOUIS, Mo. (April 4, 2015) – Saint Louis used a strong dose of hitting and pitching to complete the sweep of ETSU on Saturday afternoon at the Billiken Sports Complex.
The Billikens combined for 13 runs between the third and fifth innings and its bullpen held the Buccaneers scoreless for the final six frames as Saint Louis cruised to a 14-3 victory in the series finale.
ETSU took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the third, but like they did all series, Saint Louis used a big inning to grab momentum and take over the game. The Billikens plated six runs in the third, three more in the fourth and capped off the scoring with a four-run fifth to walk away with the 11-run win.
Sophomore Chris Cook (Kingsport, Tenn.) posted a team-high three hits and drove in a run with an RBI single in the third, while senior Zach Thompson (Johnson City, Tenn.) and freshman Aaron Maher (Brentwood, Tenn.) accounted for the two Buccaneer runs in the second inning. Maher scored ETSU’s first run by stealing home, while Thompson’s two-out single plated Jordan Sanford (Powell, Tenn.) – who reached via a single and moved into scoring position when he and Maher executed the double steal.
Junior Griffin Krieg (Nashville, Tenn.), who was coming off a quality start last Sunday versus UNCG (3 ER/7.0 IP) was tagged with the loss (1-3) after allowing a career-high nine runs (eight earned) on 11 hits in three innings. Junior Josh Jacques (Rollinsford, N.H.), red-shirt freshman Dillon Cate (Sevierville, Tenn.) and sophomore Connor Bartow (Jonesborough, Tenn.) combined to pitch 3.1 scoreless innings of one-hit ball to end the game. Jacques tossed 1.1 scoreless with one strikeout, while Cate and Bartow each registered one scoreless frame.
Saint Louis starter Zach Girrens earned the win (5-1) as he issued three runs (two earned) on six hits while striking out seven in five innings. From there, three Billiken relievers combined for three shutout innings of three-hit ball to end the game.
Offensively, Saint Louis pounded out 18 hits, while five Billiken batters finished with multi-hit games.
Colton Frabasilio scored the first run of the game as he reached on a throwing error by Cook and came home on Braxton Martinez’s sacrifice fly, while five Saint Louis hitters drove in runs in the six-run, seven-hit third inning.
In the fourth, the Billikens got RBI singles by Frabasilio, Jake Henson and Josh Bunselmeyer, while Henson drove in three of Saint Louis’ four fifth-inning runs with a home run to left.
Henson and Mike Vigliarolo both finished with three hits and Frabasilio went 2 for 4 with three runs and two RBI. Henson also drove in four and scored two runs.
The Bucs return home to host UNC Asheville Tuesday night as first pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. at Thomas Stadium.
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