#1 Webster Opens SLIAC Tournament With 14-7 Win

The #1 ranked Webster University won its first round game in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament, defeating Fontbonne University, 14-7, on May 8 at Glik Park in Highland, IL.  A Taylor Stoulp grand slam fueled the Gorlok offense as the team advanced in the winner's bracket.

After Webster took a 6-0 lead, Fontbonne had cut the deficit to 6-4 in the sixth inning.  After Webster scored a run on back to back doubles by Charlie Gandolfi (JR, Mundelein, IL/Mundelein HS) and Kevin Kojs (SR,  New Lenox, IL/Lincoln Way Central HS) making it 7-4, Stoulp struck.

Kojs was out stealing third, but an Ian Foege (SR, Eureka, MO/Eureka HS) walk, Matt Wollnik (FR, Naperville, IL/Neuqua Valley HS) single, and Ryan Hall (SR, Chesterfield, MO/Eureka HS) walk loaded the bases.  Stoulp (SR, St. Louis, MO/St. Mary's HS) planted the first pitch over the right field fence for his fourth home run, and 39th RBI, to make it 11-7.

Webster had taken a 1-0 lead in the first when Corey Lasky (SR, Vernon Hills, IL/Adlai E Stevenson HS) singles, was sacrificed to second, and scored on a Joe Winckel (SR, Bonne Terre, MO/North County HS) single.

The Gorloks added five more in the fourth.  Winckel singled and Joe Kammer (SR, Chesterfield, MO/Lafayette HS) smashed a two-run homer, his team leading seventh.  Kojs singled, Wollnik singled, Lasky doubled in two, and Hall singled in Lasky to make it 6-0.

Fontbonne then parlayed five straight hits off starter Isaac Behme (JR, Harrisburg, IL/Harrisburg HS)  in the sixth to make it 6-4.   After Webster's five run sixth, Fontbonne chased Behme in the seventh with a single, double, and another single plated two runs.  Trey Tigart (FR, Sikeston, MO/Sikeston HS) relieved with two outs and was greeted with a triple to make it 11-7.

Webster added a single run in the seventh and two more in the eighth for the 14-7 final.

Behme, the SLIAC Pitcher of the Year, went 6 2/3 innings, giving up 11 hits, seven runs, walking one and striking out three as he improved to 8-0.  Tigart went 2 1/3 innings, giving up two hits and striking out three.

Stoulp was 2-5, with a home run, four RBIs, and Winckel was 3-5, with three RBIs and a run scored.  Lasky was 3-5, with two RBIs, three runs, and a double.  Kammer was 1-3, with a home run and  two RBIs.  Webster had 16 hits total on the game.

The Gorloks will now face Greenville College in the semi-finals on May 9 at 4:00 p.m. back at Glik Park.  Greenville advanced with a 14-9 win over Spalding University.