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Mallards Dealt Series-Opening Loss by Bullfrogs

Tony Butler Defense NO LOGOMadison, Wis. (July 30) – Field manager Donnie Scott and the Madison Mallards (15-11, 35-26) saw their brief two-game winning streak fall at the hands of the Green Bay Bullfrogs (15-13, 37-26) by a 10-2 mark Thursday evening at Joannes Stadium in Green Bay, Wis. Logan Regnier (Central Michigan) tabbed Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison Big Win Player of the Night honors for the Mallards, going 3-for-4 with a run scored atop Madison’s order. It was his eighth three-hit game of the season.

The Mallards jumped out to an early lead in their series-opening tilt courtesy of Anthony Gonsolin’s (St. Mary’s College) run-producing single to score Regnier in the top of the first. The Bullfrogs answered with a run of their own in the home half of the opening frame on a Rob Paller triple to plate Logan Taylor. Green Bay tabbed its first advantage in the bottom of the third thanks to Paul Jacobson’s RBI single to score Paller, running Madison’s deficit to 2-1 heading into the fourth.

After a fruitless fourth inning from both clubs, the Bullfrogs ignited for a quartet of runs in the bottom of the fifth to chase Mallards starting pitcher Dalton D’Spain (Texas A&M Corpus Christi) from the contest after ceding four runs on seven hits, three walks and three strikeouts across 4.1 innings of work. Chris Tschida’s (Western Illinois) sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh would prove to be the only run Madison would muster from that point forward, after which Green Bay produced another four-spot on Mallards pitching in the home half of the eighth to seal its 10-2 victory.

With the loss officially behind them, Scott and the Mallards will regroup in preparation for Friday’s crucial series finale with the Bullfrogs at Joannes Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. For notes and updates leading up to and throughout Friday’s contest, follow the Mallards on Twitter at @MadisonMallards or tune in to 100.5 FM ESPN Madison’s comprehensive play-by-play coverage of all the action beginning at 6:45 p.m.

The Mallards will return to the Duck Pond next Saturday, August 1 against the Wisconsin Woodchucks (10-15, 22-38). Next Saturday will feature The Diamond Center Diamond Dig post-game, ice-cream scoop giveaway as well as a free Kids Clinic from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. presented by Zimbrick-Honda. For game tickets or inquiries regarding Saturday’s Kids Clinic, call the Mallards Ticket Office at 608-246-4277 or visit www.MallardsBaseball.com for more information.

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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.