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On a special night in which the Mallards celebrated their 100th home game, there was only one word to describe the atmosphere at Warner Park: incredible. 10,061 fans packed the pond Friday, breaking the all-time record for summer collegiate baseball attendance. The previous record of 7,491 fans, held by the Mallards as well, was broken by more than 2,500 fans.

Not to be overshadowed by the national attendance record, the Mallards continued to play exceptional baseball, picking up their third straight victory, defeating the Rochester Honkers 4-1. Characteristic of their pitching during the win streak, the Mallards (4-5) received six strong innings from right-hander Billy Phillips. Phillips (1-0) struck out five Honkers while surrendering only one run off six hits.

John Martin provided much of the offensive attack, scoring two runs and driving in another. Doug Beck gave the Mallards a 3-1 one lead with a two run single in the fifth inning. The Mallards didn?t look back from there as Cody Hall and D.J. Roshone mowed down the Honker lineup in the final three innings. Hall worked the seventh inning, giving up only one hit. Roshone came in and slammed the door on the Honkers pitching a perfect eighth and ninth, to earn his third save of the season.

The Mallards go for their fourth straight win tomorrow afternoon against the La Crosse Loggers at the Duck Pond. Game time is 3:05 and tickets are still available at the Mallards office located at 2920 N. Sherman Ave.

Published On: June 12th, 2004