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Kilkenny, Mallards Travel to Kalamazoo

July10thThe Mallards (2-2, 25-15), coming on the heels of their 11-1 victory over the Wisconsin Woodchucks, will head to Kalamazoo, Michigan to take on the Kalamazoo Growlers (3-1, 23-17) in tonight’s contest. Madison racked up 16 hits in their win last night, scoring a season-high in runs. A team and an offense that is already carrying momentum will get big help from their pitching staff this evening, as Mitchell Kilkenny (Texas A&M) will take the hill for the Mallards.

Kilkenny has been sensational for the Mallards this summer ever since joining the team following a Super Regional run with the Aggies. Kilkenny is 2-0 with a 0.52 ERA, racking up 16 strikeouts in 17 innings of work. He leads the team in ERA, WHIP and BAA by a starting pitcher.

The Mallards will be up against Kevin Marnon (Ball State), who has been solid in his own right for the Growlers in 2016. The left-hander is 2-3 with a 3.50 ERA, striking out 25 in 36 frames. Marnon was great in his last outing against the Rafters, allowing one run on four hits in six innings.

The Mallards will be joined by a new player in the contest tonight, as Noah Cummings (Oral Roberts) will be traveling with the team on their way to Kalamazoo. A utility man that played mostly outfield for Oral Roberts, Cummings was First Team All-League as a sophomore, hitting .364 with six home runs and 44 RBIs a season ago.

The game tonight will get underway at 5:05 pm Central time from Homer Stryker Field in Kalamzoo, Michigan.

The Mallards will return to the Duck Pond on Tuesday, July 12th, to take on the Kenosha Kingfish at 7:05 pm. The contest will feature a Zimbrick Honda Lego giveaway. It will also be Agriculture Appreciation Night, South Central Library System Night and Children's Theatre of Madison Night.  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.

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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 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball, 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 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 portal. For more information, visit www.mallardsbaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store and set the Mallards as your favorite team.