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Published On: June 7th, 2014

Box Score

The Eau Claire Express had only hit one home run in 11 games on the year entering play Saturday night.

In the top of second inning in a game against the host Mankato MoonDogs, they hit back-to-back jacks to triple the power numbers and, more importantly, lead to a 4-1 victory.

Tyler Hermann drilled his second home run on the young season to start the inning, and Lane Milligan followed an at-bat later with a solo shot of his own to give the Express a cushion they wouldn't relinquish.

Eau Claire also scored on an RBI single by Brent Gibbs, plating Hermann, in the top of the sixth along with a Hermann RBI single to score Drew Turbin in the top of the seventh.

Jordan Ruckman was dominant for a second-straight start on the mound, going six innings and striking out seven while only allowing two hits and no runs.

Austin Stroschein earned a three-inning save.

With the win, Eau Claire now improves to 8-4 on the young season. The Express will continue their road-trip tomorrow night in Waterloo. First pitch is set for 3:05 p.m.