(Mankato, Minn.) – The Duluth Huskies beat the Mankato MoonDogs at Wade Stadium in Duluth Monday night by a score of 3-2 in game one, and 1-0 in game two, both games were seven innings.
In the fifth inning of game one, with the MoonDogs leading 2-1 the Huskies put two on with two out when Jeff Reynolds (Harvard) stroked a double to give the Duluth team all the runs they would need, as they hung on to win.
The MoonDogs received 4 2/3 innings of work from sophomore Blake Schwartz (2-3, Minnesota State) who struck out three while allowing seven hits and one walk. Sam Eberle (Jacksonville) delivered a two RBI single in the second inning to give the Dogs an early lead.
The Huskies received five strong innings of work from All-Star Robbie Collier (5-1, North Florida) while he allowed 11 base runners, only two reached home. Collier also struck out two MoonDogs before giving way to reliever Jacob Bax (1-0, Jefferson College) who pitched two no-hit innings to pick up his first save of the year.
Game two was more of the same for the MoonDogs great pitching, poor hitting. Travis Cook (0-0, Washington State) got the start, Sam Selman (2-1, Vanderbilt) followed, and Zach Calhoon took the loss (0-1, UTSA). They went a combined 6 1/3 innings allowing four hits, seven walks, and striking out two.
Jeff Reynolds delivered the walk off hit in round two of the double of header to give the Huskies the sweep. Huskies’ starter Ben Hughes (2-1, St. Olaf) went six innings, gave up three hits and a walk, while striking out eight MoonDogs before reliever Austin Gaines (2-0, FGCU) came on to work a perfect seventh inning for his second win.
The MoonDogs will be in Duluth for two more nights before returning home July 29th to take on the Rochester Honkers. The 29th is Minnesota Twins Night presented by KTOE, and there will be appearances by Wally "The Beerman”, Sue Nelson, the Twins organist, Twins mascot TC Bear, and Ron Coomer! Gates open at 6:05 p.m. and game time is set for 7:05.