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Huskies Fall to Express in Game 1 of Doubleheader

Huskies fall on fielder’s choice in 10th inning

Wyatt Kopelman – wmk23@miami.edu

Duluth, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies battled through the final play.

But in the 10th inning, Duluth could only watch the first game of its doubleheader slip away. 

With the bases loaded, a walk-off fielder’s choice led to an 8-7 Huskies defeat versus the Eau Claire Express at Carson Park on Thursday.  

The Huskies (10-6) led 6-2 by the end of the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly, two RBI base hits and a groundout.

But the Express (12-5) weren’t near finished.

Eau Claire second baseman Peter Brookshaw (North Dakota State) hit a two-run home run to right field to begin a five-run seventh frame. Two RBI hits followed, leading to Huskies left-handed reliever Caden Edwards (North Dakota State) departing for right-handed reliever Nolan Lebamoff (Valparaiso). 

While Eau Claire then went scoreless through the ninth, Duluth designated hitter Eduardo Rosario hit a game-tying RBI single to force extra innings. 

Express reliever Matt Helwig (1-0) garnered the win after keeping the Huskies scoreless, and right-handed reliever Jake Christianson (0-1) was charged with the loss. 

Duluth and Eau Claire meet again Thursday for the second game of their scheduled doubleheader. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.

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