Kalamazoo, Mich.- The Madison Mallards took advantage of four Kalamazoo errors and eight walks surrendered by the Growler pitchers and cruised to a 6-2 victory in the first game of a doubleheader in Madison on Wednesday night. Mallards starting pitcher Christian Taugner (Brown University) pitched five innings, only allowing one hit in the victory. Brett Sunde (Western Michigan) knocked in the first RBI in Growler franchise history, scoring Grant VanPutten in the late innings as the Growlers tacked on two runs in the top of the seventh. Caleb Barager (Jackson College) took the loss for Kalamazoo.
In the doubleheader finale, John Rubino's (Eastern Michigan) three run double cleared the bases en route to a six run second inning for the Growlers and they went on to beat Madison 6-5 to earn their first win in team history. Donnie Eaton (University of Michigan) earned the win by going two strong innings allowing just one hit and striking out two Mallards batters. Ryan Smoyer (Notre Dame) picked up the save by shutting the door on the Mallards in the bottom of the 7th inning. Smoyer pitched two stellar innings giving up just two runs on one hit and striking out three.
The Growlers are back in action on Thursday night as they visit Battle Creek to take on the Bombers. First pitch is at 7:05pm.
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The Kalamazoo Growlers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 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 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, visit http://www.growlersbaseball.com.