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Huskies hang on in game one of a doubleheader

Timely hitting, defense, and pitching help the Huskies win a close ballgame

Adam Cohen, cohena@allegheny.edu

Duluth, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies (17-24) continue to dominate at home as they took the first game of a two-game set against the Eau Claire Express (16-25) by a score of 4-3. The Huskies are now 4-1 at the Wade.

The Huskies were able to hold off the Express in a back and forth game. The Express opened up the scoring with a run in the top of the first, but the Huskies retaliated in the bottom of the frame as Mike Boeve came around to score on a rundown. 

The Huskies pulled ahead in the bottom of the third thanks to a suicide squeeze initiated by Bret Paulsen. Duluth then tacked on another run in the fifth thanks to a sacrifice fly by Boeve. The next inning, the Express tied up the game 3-3 because of a two-run triple from Marcus Cline. However, starter Ronnie Voacolo was able to strand Cline to escape the jam. 

Overall, Voacolo was brilliant for the Huskies once again. Voacolo picked up his second quality start of the season and went 6.0 innings, scattering 7 hits, three runs (all earned), walking three, and striking out five.

Although Voacolo did not factor in the decision, the Huskies did not let Voacolo’s outing go to waste. Payton Powell drove in the go-ahead run on a sac fly in the bottom of the 7th to bring the Huskies back on top 4-3. The Texas Longhorn now has 10 RBIs in nine games played this season.

Following Voacolo, the bullpen shut down the Express offense with three scoreless frames. Zach Statzer (3-2) earned the victory after putting up two goose eggs on the board. Statzer was able to keep the game close because of his battery mate Cason Tollett. The incoming Redwolf at Arkansas State threw out a runner trying to advance to second in the seventh inning and applied the tag at home on a fielder’s choice during a close play in the eighth.

After Statzer, Ethan Hammerberg closed out the win for his first save of the season. The Huskies turned a tailor-made 6-4-3 double play to finish off the game. As a whole, Huskies’ pitching stranded nine Express runners and left the inning with at least one runner in scoring position on five separate occasions.

With the victory, Huskies improved to 5-2, while the Express fell to 4-5 in the second half. The ‘Skies return to Wade Stadium tonight at 6:35 PM against the Express as they look for the twin bill sweep.

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