Rox Bounce Back for 4th Shutout This Summer
La Crosse, WI — The Rox returned to their normal selves Friday and taking down the Loggers 3-0 for their 4th shutout win of the season. The Rox, who even came into today with the lowest ERA in the Northwoods League (2.59) watched it dip once again, and relied on their arms for their 12th win of the season.
Dom Austing (St. Cloud State) picked up his 2nd win of the season after 5 solid innings in his 3rd start. He only gave up 5 hits and struck out a season-high 6 batters. He is now up to 14 strikeouts this summer after having the second most in a single season in St. Cloud State baseball history.
His teammate in the spring and summer, Kyle Boser (St. Cloud State) came on in relief in the 6th inning and quickly forced a double play. Boser in his 6th relief appearance this summer pitched more than two innings and only gave up two walks and struck out two Loggers. In all of Boser's appearances he has now struck out at least two hitters, and also has yet to allow a run.
The ball was then passed to Brent Killam (Georgetown) who finished the last two innings, and earned his second save of the summer. Killam who also made his 6th appearance tonight, has put together a nice streak where he has not allowed a run since his 1st game on May 30.
All of the notable offense came in the 2nd inning. St. Cloud scored all 3 of their runs in that frame, and got off to a hot start in the inning thanks to a leadoff double from Cameron Eden (Cal). Michael Busch (North Carolina) walked to put pressure on La Crosse. Then, Eric Feliz (Notre Dame) hit a single to score Eden from second and give STC the lead. That was his first run batted in since June 1st at Rochester.
Next up, with runners on 2nd and 3rd after Feliz advanced Spencer Holcomb (Western Carolina) who drove in both Busch and Feliz after a single and then error made by the Loggers. After that, there were nothing but bagels on the scoreboard.
Austing, Boser and Killam were brilliant and only let the Loggers get into scoring position twice, and no Logger ever even reached 3rd base tonight.
Other notable numbers from Friday's win include Mason Mamarella (Kent State) who ended the night with two walks and three stolen bases. The Rox combined for six hits tonight, with each and every one coming from a different player. Matt Tarantino (Pacific) got a hit for his 4th straight game and Busch continued his success at the plate. The freshman recorded a hit, walk and run scored, extending his on-base streak to a perfect 8-8 so far this summer.
The Rox return home now for another two game series with La Crosse. First pitch tomorrow night is at 6:05 PM with a Rox baseball cap giveaway presented by Franklin Outdoor Marketing to the 1st 250 fans at the game.
Tonight's Box Score.
Friday’s St. Cloud Times Player(s) of the Night goes to the three Rox pitchers. Dom Austing, Kyle Boser and Brent Killam combined to allow 7 hits and 3 walks, while the trio fanned 11 Logger hitters.
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