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Mallards Erupt for 11 Runs, Claim Fifth Straight Win

5 - 31CROPPEDMadison, Wis. – The Madison Mallards (5-0) claimed their fifth consecutive victory Sunday evening, defeating the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (2-3) by a final score of 11-2 at Witter Field.

Madison’s offense erupted for five runs in the top of the first inning and didn’t look back, eventually finishing with 12 hits – four for extra-bases – in route to the Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison Big Win of the Night.

Jake Roberts (Yakima Valley CC) helped fuel Madison’s offensive outburst, going 1-for-3 with two runs scored, two runs batted in and a pair of walks. Anthony Gonsolin (St. Mary’s College) contributed with a 2-for-4 batting line that included a double, two runs batted in and one stolen base, while Chris Tschida (Western Illinois) doubled on his way to a 2-for-5 effort at the dish with two runs batted in.

Dalton D’Spain (Texas A&M Corpus Christi) received his first start of the season Sunday evening, logging 3.2 innings of shutout ball on four hits, one walk and seven strikeouts. Josh Pierce (Central Michigan), Fred Manke (Minnesota), Scott Moss (Florida) and Tyler Frohwirth (Minnesota State) combined to allow just one earned run with four strikeouts across 5.1 strong innings out of the bullpen.

The Mallards will return to the Duck Pond on Wednesday, June 3 against the Green Bay Bullfrogs on Joey's Song Epilepsy Awareness Night. There will be a pre-game skydiving and tandem skydive giveaway presented by Great Lakes Skydiving, with Mallards players wearing purple jerseys to be auctioned off during the game.

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The Madison Mallards are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, 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 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website.  For more information, visit www.MallardsBaseball.com.