Saint Louis Doubles Up Butler 10-5

Michael Fries

INDIANAPOLIS - Butler had the tying run on third base in the bottom of the 8th but Saint Louis pulled away late to beat the BU baseball team 10-5 on Saturday. The Billikens pounded out 18 hits on the day to win their fourth straight game.

Trailing 6-2 in the middle innings, BU climbed its way back with a comeback sparked by senior Radley Haddad. The Butler catcher walked and scored in the 4th inning and singled to lead off both the 6th and 8th innings. He came around to score in the 6th thanks to a SLU error in the infield. He was lifted for a pinch runner after singling to left in the 8th and James Baker came around to score to pull BU within 6-5.

Saint Louis pulled away in the top of the 9th, smacking five hits and executing bunts to score four runs. CJ Rose delivered a two-run single in the inning and Michael Bozarth had an RBI double. 

SLU was backed on the mound by Ryan Bates. He pitched 6.0 innings, allowing three runs and four hits. Four Billiken relievers kept the Bulldogs at bay, allowing two hits over four innings.

Butler had a chance to do even more damage in the bottom of the 6th but freshman Mike Kseniak was called out at home plate. On a double by Patrick Guinane, Haddad scored and then Kseniak tried to throw after an errant Saint Louis throw came in from right field. 

Guinane and Haddad were both 2-for-3. Guinane drove in two runs and Haddad scored twice. Junior Marcos Calderon also scored twice.

The win lifted Saint Louis to 21-10 overall and a league-best 7-1 in Atlantic 10 play. BU fell to 13-14 (4-4). SLU was led at the plate by Grant Nelson's 4-for-5 effort. He also walked. Braxton Martinez went 3-for-4 and was a triple shy of the cycle. Nelson, Rose and Martinez each drove in two runs and Bozarth had three hits.

The Bulldogs will try to get the third game of the series when they play SLU Sunday, April 7 at noon. Billy Laing will start for BU opposite SLU's Clay Smith.