Opening Four Rivers Conference baseball action on the road, St. Clair scored runs in six of the seven innings and cruised to a 17-2 victory Monday at Hermann.
The Bulldogs (2-5, 1-0) collected 15 hits, scoring two runs in the top of the first, third and fourth innings, three in the fifth, one in the sixth and seven in the seventh.
Hermann had just two hits, scoring single runs in the bottom of the first and seventh innings.
Brenden Murphy pitched a complete game two-hitter for the Bulldogs. He allowed two runs with three walks and 11 strikeouts.
“It was an excellent win for our team,” said St. Clair Head Coach Rob Hauck. “Murphy pitched excellent and the offense was there to support him with the runs.”
Grant Ruediger started on the mound for Hermann and took the loss. He allowed four runs on five hits in three innings.
Nick Mundwiller worked three inning in relief, allowing six runs on eight hits. Kody Thompson worked one inning.
“We started off with a good first inning at the plate,” Hauck said. “Murphy had a rough first inning, giving up a run, but was able to settle in. The way we hit allowed him to gain his confidence.”
Ben Feddersen continued his hot offensive start to the season, going 4-5 at the plate against Hermann. He collected three doubles, four RBIs and scored a run.
“Ben has been doing a great job at the bottom part of our lineup. He has been hitting with power. Every thing he hits seems to be hit hard. He has caught some bad breaks where he has hit it right at people, but we keep telling him that he’ll find the gaps,” Hauck said. “Against Hermann, Ben was able to find those gaps and drive the ball hard to get three doubles. As a team, we were only able to score him once. That’s something we will have to work on.”
Blake Dierking was 2-4 with a double, three RBIs and a run scored.
Ayden Carey was 2-5 at the plate with a triple, two RBIs and two runs.
Jake Oermann finished the game with one hit, one walk and three RBIs.
Josh Schannuth and Ruediger both had one hit for the Bearcats (1-4, 0-1).
Conner Lane, who walked twice, and Schannuth both scored a run. Ben Held had one RBI.
“We focus on team wins and we picked one up in this game. We hit as a team with everyone being a part of it,” Hauck said. “Murphy pitched in a way that allowed the team to make plays behind him. Hopefully this will give us confidence as we move forward and we can continue to build on what we have.”