April 6, 2003
LOUISVILLE, KY - The Saint Louis Billikens escaped with a 6-5 win over the University of Louisville in baseball action Sunday at Cardinal Stadium. Saint Louis (11-14, 3-9) also won the series two games to one over the weekend.
Following a similar pattern to Saturday's game, SLU third baseman Don Rogers singled home a run in the top of the first to put the Billikens up 1-0.
A sacrifice fly off of the bat of Jake Friederich extended the Billiken lead to 2-0 in the second, and Rogers doubled home a run in the third for a 3-0 advantage.
Louisville tied things up in the bottom of the third. Catcher Luis Pardo tripled to left center and scored on third baseman Brennan Hall's sac fly to center. Nick Haley and Dave Williams Jr. then followed with singles and Boomer Whiting doubled home Haley. A groundout by J.T. LaFountain plated Williams to knot the game at three.
In the fourth, it was Hall again for the Cards, drilling a 1-0 pitch to the bleachers in right, a two-run shot, and his first of the season to put the Cards in front 5-3.
Rogers then stepped to the plate with two on in the seventh, and lifted a three-run home run to left center field, putting the Bills up for good 6-5.
Saint Louis starter Corey Lawson (2-4) made it stand up, retiring 11 straight after the Hall home run, and stranding the tying run at second in the eighth, and at third in the ninth.
Lawson went the distance surrendering five runs on six hits and an intentional walk, striking out four to pick up the win.
Griffin Bailey started for the Cards, allowing three runs, two of which were earned on four hits and three walks, striking out three in three innings. Mike Eilers (3-2) came on in relief and took the loss, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk in 3.2 frames.
Hall was 1 for 3 with three RBI for the Cards in his first start of the season, while Rogers was 4 for 4 with five RBI for the Bills.
The Cardinal Nine will host Murray State on Tuesday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m., and admission and parking are free. Audio broadcasts of all home games can be heard on WAVG 1450 AM.