March 26, 2011
CAMDEN, N.J. - Chad Simendinger went five innings for his first win of the season and Mike Coleman had three hits and drove in a pair of runs as the Saint Joseph's baseball team dropped Saint Louis, 7-4, on a bitterly cold Saturday afternoon at Campbell's Field. With the win, the Hawks move to 2-0 in conference play for the third straight year.
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Saint Louis (14-8, 0-2 Atlantic 10) scored its first run of the series in the top of the first on a sacrifice fly by Nick Becker.
Saint Joseph's (9-13, 2-0 Atlantic 10) struck back with five runs in the third to take the lead. After Eddie Palmer doubled to put runners on second and third with nobody out, Quinn Renner followed by singling in Anthony Cirillo to tie the game. Two batters later, Coleman hit a single through the left side to score Palmer and give SJU the lead. Greg Kumpel followed with another single to push the lead to two.
Two batters later, with two away, Chris Hueth ripped a single up the middle to score Kumpel and Coleman and give SJU the 5-1 advantage.
The Hawks added another in the bottom of the fourth when Coleman legged out an infield single to score Renner, who had reached with a two-out single.
The Billikens got one back in the seventh as Jon Myers hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Cody Cotter and cut the deficit back to four, but SJU pushed it back to five with a safety squeeze bunt by Cirillo in the eighth.
Saint Louis would score two more in the ninth to set the final margin. A wild pitch and a single by Steve Fernandez gave the Billikens two runs with one out, but Ryan Kemp fanned the last two hitters to lock down the victory.
Simendinger (1-2) allowed a single run on six hits while striking out four in five innings to earn the win. Jerry Mancuso fell to 1-3 after allowing six runs and nine hits in four innings for SLU.
The Hawks and Billikens will conclude the series on Sunday at noon at Campbell's Field. Full coverage is available at SJUHawks.com.