MoonDogs Come Back Home with 5-3 Win over Duluth

Duluth, Minn. – Bryan Haar and Taylor Black both had two RBI and Zach Whitman threw seven-plus innings to give the MoonDogs a 5-3 victory over Duluth at Wade Stadium Thursday night.

Every MoonDog (38-26, 15-16) in the lineup had a hit as the Dogs rapped out 12 hits against Duluth pitching. Haar got the scoring started in the first, bringing home Ryan Durant (Iowa) with an RBI groundout to put the Dogs up 1-0.

The Huskies (23-41, 10-21) scored a pair of runs in the second to take the lead. Zac Elgie (Kansas) brought in Andy Burns (Kentucky) with a two-out double and Pete Cappetta (Illinois) brought Elgie home two pitches later with a single for the lead.

Whitman settled into a groove after that inning, going the next five and two-thirds innings without allowing a run. He moved to 4-5 on the season, giving up three earned runs and striking out five.

Kyle Knudson (Minnesota) tied the game in the fourth before the Dogs took the lead for good in the sixth. Cody Fick (Evansville) doubled with one out and Knudson scored him in the next at-bat.

The lead was the MoonDogs for good in the sixth when Black (Kentucky) came up with a big two-out hit. His single brought in Haar and Xorge Carillo (Arizona State) to put the Dogs up 4-2. Haar posted an insurance run in the seventh with an RBI single that scored Danny Miller (Minnesota State).

John Brebbia (Elon) pitched the ninth for his fourth save of the season. RJ Fondon (Florida International) suffered the loss, lasting seven innings and striking out four while allowing all five MoonDog runs.

The MoonDogs will be back at home tomorrow. First pitch from Franklin Rogers Park will be at 7:05.