Duluth moves within one game of clinching the franchise’s first title
One night after being shutout for the first time all season, the Duluth Huskies trounced Fond du Lac 8-1 in Game Two of the Summer Collegiate World Series. The victory was Duluth’s first ever in the SCWS, having entered the game 0-5 all-time in the Northwoods Championship round.
The Huskies loaded the bases in the bottom of the first inning but failed to score. The Dock Spiders took the first lead of the game with a two-out single in the top of the second but Duluth went up 2-1 with a pair of sacrifice groundouts in the bottom half.
The Huskies loaded the bases with one out in the third, forcing Fond du Lac to make a move to the bullpen. Antonio Monroy laced a two-run double and Julian Escobedo followed with an RBI single. Monroy and Escobedo were then both driven in by Augie Isaacson’s two-run double. Isaacson picked up his fourth RBI of the night with a single in the fifth, bringing home Monroy.
Isaacson led the offensive attack, finishing 2-5 with 4 RBI and a stolen base. Monroy and General McArthur each finished 2-3 and scored twice while Jack Corbell earned the win on the mound. The right-hander tossed seven strong innings and allowed one run on five hits. Hunter Bigge threw two scoreless innings of relief in which he did not allow a hit and struck out four.
The Huskies are now 50-26 while Fond du Lac dips to 42-32 overall. The best-of-three championship series is tied at one game apiece with the winner-take-all Game Three set for 7:05 pm on Friday night.
The Duluth Huskies are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 190 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.duluthhuskies.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Huskies as your favorite team.