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MoonDogs Knock Off Express, Salvage Split

The Mankato MoonDogs used three big innings to defeat the Eau Claire Express Wednesday 10-3. Adam Lukas (Evansville) fired five innings of seven-strikeout baseball, as the MoonDogs rebounded from their lowest offensive performance of the season Tuesday.

The MoonDogs scored three runs in the second and seventh innings, adding four in the fourth as well. The biggest offensive performer was Austin Bull (Grand Canyon), who collected a double amongst five hits, three runs, four RBIs, and a stolen base. Mankato took advantage of five walks issued by Express pitching, as RJ Teijeiro (UCLA) and Garrett Mitchell (UCLA) drew two free passes. Put together, Teijeiro and Mitchell also scored four runs.

Despite scoring ten runs Wednesday, the MoonDogs only were credited with 6 RBIs. Four of the RBIs belonged to Bull, with Kenton Crews (Evansville) plating the remaining two. Eau Claire committed five errors in the ballgame, limiting the chances to bolster the statistics of the MoonDogs. The five errors were the most against Mankato this year.

The MoonDogs head home for a match with the Rochester Honkers, with the first of four games coming at the Frank. Mankato will play home games against the Honkers on the 12th and 14th, with road games coming on the 13thand 15th. First pitch for Thursday is scheduled for 7:05 PM.

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The Mankato MoonDogs are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 190 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit https://northwoodsleague.com/mankato-moondogs/ or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the MoonDogs as your favorite team.