MoonDogs Drop Second Straight to Express in Sweep

By Connor Wachtel

Eau Claire, Wis. – The Mankato MoonDogs dropped game two of the series and were defeated in a sweep via the Eau Claire Express. The final score was 11-3 on Tuesday in Mankato, Minn.


BOX SCORE: Eau Claire 11, Mankato 3

Mankato got out to a fast start, scoring a pair in the bottom of the first frame. It came from a home run by Josh Elvir (Angelo State). His 3rd bomb of the season gave the Dogs an early 2-0 lead.

Eau Claire popped off in the top of the third for four runs. An RBI single by Matt Bottcher (Illinois – Chicago) scored the first run. Then another single cleared the bases a few batters later. The hit came off Vincent Martinez’s (Stanford) bat and gave Eau Claire a 4-2 lead.

Cole Cabrera (Cal Poly) insured the Express lead in the fourth by driving in Brandon Dieter (Stanford). It was an RBI single that extended the game’s score to 5-3.

The MoonDogs cut the deficit in half in the bottom half. Elvir got it done again with another RBI hit to score Nick Novak (Angelo State). The MoonDogs trailed 4-3 after four.

From that point of the Express ran away with the game. They scored six more runs that went unanswered for the sweep after the 11-3 final.


Player Notables:

Elvir had a night, driving in each of Mankato’s three runs. He finished the night 3-3 with a home run and three RBI.

Earning the win was Eau Claire’s starter, Matt Verdun (Lewis), who went seven complete innings allowing three runs and five hits. He walked three and struck out seven.

The loss went to Brett Newberg (Austin Peay), who’s now 2-2 on the year, after he pitched seven innings in his 5th start of the season. Newberg surrendered five runs and seven hits. He walked one and struck out five.


Due up for the Dogs:

Up next for the Mankato MoonDogs (15-21) is the Bismarck Larks (19-16) on the road. First pitch between the MoonDogs and Larks is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. at Bismarck Municipal Ballpark in Bismarck, N.D.


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