March 8, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The USD baseball team suffered a 6-3 loss to the Saint Louis Billikens Friday night at Fowler Park. After a day of rainy weather that caused some adjustments to the tournament schedule for the rest of the weekend, the weather managed to hold off long enough to get this game in, despite some sporadic sprinkles throughout the contest.
USD (9-5) got on the board early with an RBI single by Connor Joe in the first inning. USD had runners at first and third when Joe bounced a ball right where the Saint Louis shortstop would have been had he not been covering second on the steal attempt by Dillon Haupt. Kris Bryant scored from third to put USD up 1-0 on the play.
Joe brought home another run in the bottom of the third with a one-out chopper to the shortstop that plated Bryant from third again.
The Billikens (9-4) used a leadoff walk to help score their first run in the top of the fifth. Two batters after the leadoff walk, Saint Louis got a two-out RBI single to centerfield to cut the USD lead to 2-1.
Wes Judish came on in relief of Michael Wagner in the top of the sixth and walked the leadoff hitter, who came around to score three batters later with a bases-loaded single by Mike Vigliarolo that tied the game at 2-2.
Saint Louis then took the lead when the next hitter bounced into a no-out 6-4-3 double play with the bases loaded that brought home the runner from third. The Billikens picked up another run immediately when USD reliever Max Homick balked with a runner on third, allowing Saint Louis to move ahead 4-2.
Saint Louis went up 6-2 in the top of the eighth with an RBI triple and a sac bunt that scored a runner from third with one out.
Bryant tried to spark a Torero rally when he blasted a monster of a home run well over the left field fence on the first pitch of the bottom of the eighth off Saint Louis reliever James Norwood. The next batter, Haupt, then jumped on the first pitch of his at-bat against Norwood and drove a triple into the right center gap but was eventually stranded there as the inning ended with just the one run coming across for USD.
USD, trailing by three in the bottom of the ninth, had a chance to cut into the Saint Louis lead when the first two hitters of the ninth inning walked and Chris Wooley singled through the left side to load the bases. The Toreros were unable to push a run across, however, as Haupt hit a sharp ground ball that went right to the Billikens' second baseman for a double play to end the game.
Judish (0-1) took the loss for USD after allowing three runs on two hits while not recording an out. Wagner threw 5.0 innings in the start, allowing one run on two hits while striking out seven.
Alex Alemann (3-0) picked up the win for Saint Louis with 7.0 innings pitched where he allowed two runs (1 ER) on four hits with five strikeouts and four walks. Marco Mejia earned his first save of the season.
Haupt turned in a 3-for-5 day at the plate for USD with a double and a triple. Bryant's homer was his seventh of the season.
The Toreros return to action on Saturday with a doubleheader against Saint Louis (3 pm) and Holy Cross (7 pm).