Early Offense Enough For Saint Louis in Series Opener, 4-2

Early Offense Enough For Saint Louis in Series Opener, 4-2

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Two runs in each the first and third innings were enough for Saint Louis to overcome the St. Bonaventure baseball team, 4-2, in the series opener at the Billiken Sports Center on Friday afternoon.

Saint Louis (16-4, 1-0 Atlantic 10) jumped on top early, taking advantage of a leadoff walk and wild pitch to immediately put a runner in scoring position against freshman starter Danny Madden. After a single to put runners at the corners, Parker Sniatynski drove in the game's first run with a ground out to third. Later, Trent Leimkuehler knocked in another with a two-out single through the right side for a 2-0 lead.

The lead grew to 4-0 in the third as Leimkuehler struck again with another RBI single before Alex King brought home another run with a sacrifice fly.

St. Bonaventure (6-8, 1-3) cut the lead in half with a pair of runs in the fifth. Reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Week David Hollins stretched his hitting streak to six straight games with a single to center, but was forced out at second one batter later. Following an Aaron Phillips single to put runners at first and third, Jared Baldinelli brought home David Vaccaro with his single to left. Phillips then came in on a throwing error, bringing the Bonnies within two.

The Bonnies had the tying run at the plate multiple times in the late innings, including sending a runner to third in the sixth, but could not cash in on any threat.

Madden (0-1) lasted three innings, allowing four runs on five hits. Fellow freshman Murphy O'Brien was outstanding in relief, throwing five scoreless innings while scattering three hits, walking one and striking out one.

Miller Hogan moved to 4-0 on the season with his seven innings for the Billikens, surrendering just one earned run without a walk and three strikeouts. Ryan Lefner recorded his sixth save with a perfect ninth.

The teams are slated for a 4 p.m. central time start on Saturday, though the forecast for the afternoon looks threatening.

GAME NOTES
- Taishi Terashima stretched his hitting streak to eight straight games with a single up the middle to lead off the game. His eight-game hit streak is the longest for the team this season.
- O'Brien lowered his season ERA to 1.31. He has not allowed a run over his last 10.2 innings of work.
- Hollins moved his personal hitting streak to six straight games.
- Sam Fuller picked up his fourth start of the season, handling DH duties. 

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