Redhawks Defeat Billikens 3-2 in 10 Innings
April 5, 2005
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - (Tuesday, April 05, 2005) After losing four games this season in the ninth inning the Redhawks baseball team showed great poise in pressure situations as they held on for a 3-2 victory over non-conference opponent Saint Louis University in 10 innings Tuesday afternoon at the Billiken Sports Center.
Both teams were deadlocked at one run apiece after nine innings as the team's starting pitchers did all they could do to shutdown their opponents bats.
After the Billikens (4-21) pulled their starter Etienne Ratte-Delorme after nine innings of work that saw him give up one run on eight hits, the Redhawks (10-16, 2-4 OVC) exploited the Billikens bullpen in the tenth inning.
Pinch-hitter Brent Lawson walked to lead off the inning. Ernie Bracamonte layed down a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance Lawson to second. Frank Montiel then roped a single to center that moved Lawson to third. Designated hitter Freddy Lopez then doubled to right center, the only extra base hit by either team in the game, driving in both runners and putting the Redhawks ahead 3-1.
The Billikens made it interesting in the bottom of the tenth. Southpaw Josh Parham gave up two consecutive singles and gave up one run before retiring the first out of the inning. Jamie McAlister relieved Parham with the tying run on second.
McAlister got Scott Peden to groundout and struckout Johnny Sweeney to end the game.
The Billikens scored first in the game when the Redhawks conceded a run for a double play in the bottom of the second.
The Redhawks scored their run in the top of the fifth when Eric Horstman singled to left to extend his hitting-streak to 18 games. Horstman advanced to second on the hit when Sweeney misplayed the ball. Bracamonte singled to left to score Horstman.
The Billikens had a shot to hand the Redhawks their fifth ninth-inning loss of the season when they loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth with only one out. Freshman Joey Evans pitched out of the jam with a strikeout and a fly ball to stop the Billiken threat.
Andrew Johnson pitched his best game of the season going eight innings allowing one run on five hits, but did not figure in the decision.
Evans (3-3) received the win, his team-leading third victory of the season. McAlister picked-up his first career save.
Eric Brewer suffered his third loss of the season.
Bracamonte went 2-4 extending his hitting streak to eight games.
Brady Noll went 3-4 in his seventh start behind the plate.
Montiel and Bryan Kurt finished with 2-5 days.
For Montiel it was his team-leading tenth multi-hit game of the season.
The Redhawks return to Capaha Field to face 23rd-ranked Missouri tomorrow. First pitch is slated for 6:00 p.m. in the Redhawks first free hot dogs and beer promotion of the season. Tomorrow's game sponsor is Bluff City.