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Metzgar Leads ‘Dogs to Sweep

Eau Claire, WI — David Metzgar homered during a perfect night at the plate for the Mankato MoonDogs, helping propel them to a 9-4 win against the Eau Claire Express to complete the two-game sweep at Carson Park on Sunday night.

David Metzgar (Cal State Bakersfield) drove in four runs for the MoonDogs while scoring two and going a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate. Metzgar clubbed a two-run home run in the top of the third inning against Eau Claire starter Brody Rodning, who ended up with a no decision on the night. Reece Eddins earned the win for Mankato.

Mankato got out to an early lead in the first inning, with Metzgar driving in Jake Shepski (Notre Dame) to put the visitors up 1-0. Metzgar's homer in the top of the third put the 'Dogs up 3-0, until Daulton Varsho singled home Cody Bohanek making it 3-1.

The MoonDogs scored another run in the fifth, with Marcus Pingleton (Heartland Community College) hitting a sac fly to bring home Alvaro Rubalcaba (Cal State Northridge), but Eau Claire tied the game up in the bottom half of the inning, scoring three runs to push the score to four all. 

Mankato broke through during the next half inning, scoring three runs in the sixth to pull ahead 7-4. They would add two more in the eighth to get to the final tally, 9-4.

The MoonDogs take their two-game winning streak to Willmar on Monday, playing a double-header agains the Stingers starting at 6:05 PM. Gabe Constantine will take the mound in game one, getting his third shot at Willmar this season. 

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The Northwood’s League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. The 23-year old summer collegiate 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 valuabletraining ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 150 Northwood’s League playershave advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) andMLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM)and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable via the Northwood’s League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com

The Mankato MoonDogs are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwood’s League. Playing its 23nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2016, the Northwood’s 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 Northwood’s 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 Northwood’s League Website. For more information, visit www.mankatomoondogs.com