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Back-to-Back Home Runs Not Enough in MoonDogs Loss to Duluth

Mankato, Minn – It looked as if the MoonDogs were about to make a comeback in the bottom of the fourth inning tonight after Kyle Cuellar (UCLA) and Kyle MacDonald (Arkansas State) hit back-to-back home runs. CJ Huntley (Indiana State) nearly hit the third consecutive home run of the inning, but didn’t have quite the distance as he flew out to the left field warning track. The MoonDogs failed to complete the comeback after a few costly errors.Huskies center fielder, Julian Escobedo (San Diego State) reached base in the third inning after a dropped third strike and throwing error from RJ Teirjeiro (UCLA). Escobedo then scored the first run of the game on a Chris Gillbody (Georgetown College) double to right-center field. After Escobedo scored, the Huskies designated hitter, Justin Mitchell (Oklahoma) was thrown out to end the third inning on a Garrett Mitchell (UCLA) relay to home plate.

In the fourth inning MoonDogs second baseman, Jake Shepski made a costly throwing error to first base that allowed Michael McCann to reach base. McCann would later come around to score along with Trevin Esquerra (Loyola Marymount)  off of an RBI single from Christian Jones (Washington) and a ground out from Sam Baier (Augustana).

Duluth added to their lead once more in the top of the ninth inning when Esquerra scored on a throwing error from Austin Bull. The MoonDogs were set down in order in the ninth inning and lost 5-2.

The loss tonight makes the MoonDogs down two games from the first place Duluth Huskies and with just three games left in the first half of the season. Game two will take place at Franklin Rogers Park tomorrow and Jarod Wright (Southern Mississippi) is scheduled to pitch against Duluth’s Andrew Stout (Liberty University). Frist pitch will be at 6:05 pm.

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