BELLEVILLE, Ill. – The 18th-ranked St. Scholastica baseball team started off the 2011 season strong by defeating 10th-ranked University of St. Thomas 10-6 at the Southwestern Illinois College Baseball Field.

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Matt Lewis earned the win on the mound for CSS, going six innings allowing three hits and striking out five. Brandon Peterson had a pair of doubles and drove in five runs to lead the offense.

After the Tommies (0-1) stranded a runner at third in the top of the first, the Saints (1-0) plated three runs in their first at-bats of 2011 as Kyle Moody roped a RBI double and Brandon Peterson drove in two more with a single to make it 3-0 after one inning.

After a pair of CSS errors in the top of third, the Tommies got one run across by way of a balk. After stranding runners at second and third in the bottom of the second and wasting a leadoff double in the bottom of the third, the Saints finally extended their lead in the bottom of the fourth. Brian Marshik, Joe Link and Moody all had RBIs in the inning. Peterson added a two-run double with two outs and later scored on a St. Thomas error to make it a six-run inning to make it 9-1 after four.

The Tommies cut the lead to 9-3 in the top of the fifth with a two-out, two-run double. The Saints got one those runs back in the bottom of the sixth when Peterson drove in his fifth run of the day with a double off the top of the wall.

St. Thomas made it interesting in the top of the seventh, driving in three runs to make it 10-6. However, Kyle Jensen entered the game in the eighth and shut the door on the Tommies by sitting down the six batters he faced to end the game.

The game was originally scheduled to be played at the campus of Washington University in St. Louis, but due do rain late Friday the field was deemed unplayable today. After some scrambling, the teams got a backup facility thanks to Southwestern Illinois College two hours prior to the first pitch was thrown. This was the first CSS season opener outside of the Metrodome since the 1999 season.