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Byrne, Mallards Set for Matchup with Bullfrogs

July29thLooking to keep pace in a tight South division battle, the Mallards (9-10, 32-23) will take on the Green Bay Bullfrogs (12-7, 27-28) on Friday night. Madison currently sits at seventh place in the division in the second half, but is only three and a half games out of the top spot.

Mike Byrne (Florida) will get the ball for Madison, with the right-hander currently owning a 1-1 record with a 4.50 ERA. Byrne will be making his sixth appearance and third start of the summer, as he is set to face the Bullfrogs for the first time in 2016. Opponents are only hitting .238 against Byrne this year.

Green Bay will send a right-hander of their own to the hill, as Harrisen Egly (Columbia) is set to pitch. Egly is 4-2 with a 3.27 earned run average, having made three starts across 18 appearances this summer. Egly has faced Madison three times out of the bullpen in 2016, pitching 2.2 innings and allowing three earned runs on eight hits in those appearances. The 6’4” hurler has struck out 35 batters in 33 innings of work for the Bullfrogs.

Madison will look to regain some offensive rhythm in the contest, as they’ve followed their 15-run outburst with two consecutive scoreless outings. Nate Palace (Valparaiso) continues to swing a hot bat for the Mallards, as he’s hitting .333 with three long balls and seven RBIs in his last five games. Nico Hoerner (Stanford) and Nick Roark (Oral Roberts) have also been tearing the cover off the ball in their last five contests, as they’re hitting .381 and .385, respectively.

Friday’s game against the Green Bay Bullfrogs will get underway from the Duck Pond at 7:05 pm. It will be Endres Manufacturing Night at the ballpark. There will also be a Kalahari Resort Indoor Theme Park Pass giveaway.  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.