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Mallards conclude season series against Huskies Thursday night

Last night’s Box Score

Duluth, MN – July 9, 2009. With last night’s 3-2 victory over the Duluth Huskies the Madison Mallards remain alone in first place to begin the Northwoods League second half of the season heading into Thursday’s series ending game at Wade Stadium.

Starting pitcher J.R. Graham (Santa Clara) picked up his first win (1-2) of the year in his first start after throwing six shutout innings while only allowing one base knock to leadoff hitter Scott Sommerfeld (Parkway South HS) in the first inning. After Brad Allen (Elgin CC) relieved Graham in the seventh and allowed a run, Dan Burawa (St. John’s) was called upon to get the final six outs and did just that in striking out four batters to receive his second save of the season.

The Mallards’ offense was paced by two RBI by left fielder Jerrud Sabourin (Indiana) and a sixth inning RBI double by Adam McClain (Memphis).

Tonight, right-hander Derek Self (Louisville) will make his second start of the year. He is 1-1 with a 5.02 ERA through 14.1 innings. In his first start on June 18 against the Wisconsin Woodchucks he received the victory after throwing six scoreless innings while allowing three hits.

Meanwhile Duluth’s Drew Smyly (Arkansas) will make his second start of the year. In his first start he threw only three innings and allowed one hit.

Home Run Champion crowned tonight?
First baseman Harold Riggins (NC State) is currently tied with former Mallard Francois Larmore (Marshall) for the franchise single-season home run record with 7 long balls and will look to break the mark again tonight.

Catch all Mallards action on the road by dialing in to FM 100.5 ESPN or by visiting espnmadison.com for a live stream of every game! To catch live video please click on “Game Day” on Mallardsbaseball.com to begin your viewing experience today!

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Fans, the Mallards return home this weekend for games on Friday, Saturday, & a doubleheader on Sunday!

Friday – Bud Light Hockey Night with a special appearance by Steve Carlson, one of the original Hanson Brothers from the movie Slapshot! We’ll also give away Bud Light Uniform Can Coolers to the first 750 adults, 21 & over in attendance!
Click here to purchase tickets for Friday’s game!

Saturday – Emil’s Pizza Seat Cushion giveaway (first 500 fans). Plus, you’ll have a chance to win delicious pizza all night long!
Click here to puchase tickets for Saturday’s game!

Sunday – We have not one, but two games for your enjoyment! Game one will feature Madison Children’s Museum Day & the first 1,000 kids, 14 & under will receive a Frank Lloyd Wright Coloring Card Set courtesy of Taliesin. The first 500 families will also receive a Frozen Food Bag courtesy of MyMenu!

Game two will feature Alliant Energy Cereal Bowl Night (first 1,000 kids) and Bike Helmet Night presented by the Wisconsin DOT and Habush, Habush, and Rottier (first 250 kids).

Also, in-between games, representatives from MyMenu will be hosting a charity cookout outside of the stadium with proceeds going to the Madison Children’s Museum!

Click here to purchase tickets for Sunday’s GAME ONE and here for GAME TWO. Game times are scheduled for 1:05 p.m. and 6:05 p.m. There will be two gates, meaning fans will need to purchase separate tickets for each game!