ST. LOUIS, Mo. – It was all about that extra inning magic on Saturday afternoon, as a tenth inning grand slam from Jonathan de Marte powered the Spiders past Saint Louis, 11-7.
The Spiders got on the board first in the fourth, 1-0, behind back-to-back two-out doubles from Kurtis Brown and Kyle Schmidt. SLU responded in the home half of the inning, breaking up Keenan Bartlett's no-hitter with five hits to take a 3-1 lead.
A leadoff homer from SLU's Aaron Case in the fifth sparked another three-run inning for the Billikens allowing them to extend their lead to 6-1.
Richmond answered with a five-run outburst in the sixth. Schmidt sparked the rally with his second double of the game. The Spiders loaded the bases after a Caleb Ward single and a Ryan Shaw walk. Back-to-back singles from RJ Watters and D.J. Lee drove in three runs, cutting the deficit to two, 6-4. A double steal and a sac fly from Vinny Capra allowed Watters to cross the dish and Daniel Brumbaugh capped off the outburst with an RBI single, tying the game at 6-6.
Once again, the Billikens responded with a solo home run in the bottom half of the sixth putting SLU ahead 7-6. Brendan McGuigan silenced the Billikens in his inning of relief as he struck out the side.
Brown crushed his first homer of the season in the top of the ninth, tying the game up at 7-7. SLU wanted to look for something in the home half to end the game, but Dalton Light wasn't going to let that happen as he sent the Billikens down in order, sending the game to extras.
The tenth inning got underway with a double from Watters and the Spiders proceeded to load the bases. De Marte stepped into the box and with a 1-0 count hit a towering shot over the left field wall giving the Spiders a 11-7 lead.
Light and Brumbaugh combined to shut out the game and preserve the Spiders victory.
The series is set to conclude tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.