Playing from behind for the first time all season, the Mallards rallied for four runs in the 8th inning and never looked back, earning an 8-5 victory over the Rockford Rivets. This Mallards win marks their third straight victory in the opening week, presented by Edvest.
The Mallards jumped out to an early lead, as Matt Vierling (Notre Dame) tripled to score Cameron Frost (Washington State) and AJ Montoya (Toledo) as part of a three run first inning.
Mike Reitcheck (University of Pennsylvania) made his first start on the mound for the Mallards, going five innings and allowing four runs, three of them earned. He tallied six strikeouts while allowing five hits.
After the Rivets rallied from a three run deficit to take a 5-4 lead, the Mallards responded in the 8th inning with a four run outburst. The comeback was highlighted by a two-run double by Frost to give the Mallards an 8-5 lead.
Alex Smith (North Florida) made his first appearance for the Mallards, closing the door in the eight and ninth innings to earn his first save of the season.
The Mallards will host their home opener tomorrow, June 3rd, when they take on the new Northwoods League affiliate Rockford Rivets. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 pm. Single-game tickets for the 2016 season are on sale NOW! Tickets are available for purchase by visiting MallardsBaseball.com, calling the Mallards ticket office at 608-246-4277, or stopping in the ticket office at 2920 N Sherman Ave.
The Madison Mallards are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2016, 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, 150 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 (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website. For more information, visit www.MallardsBaseball.com
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