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MoonDogs’ Winning Streak Ends in St. Cloud

By: Mitchell Speltz

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Mankato MoonDogs (34-16) four-game winning streak was stopped by the St. Cloud Rox (37-12) on Saturday night with a 6-2 loss.

The Rox scored in the first inning thanks to Jordan Barth (Augustana) who singled in a run to make it 1-0.

The MoonDogs would come back in the third inning as Matt Higgins connected for a tape-measure homerun over the right-field wall for a two-run shot, putting Mankato on top 2-1.

That was the only lead the MoonDogs had on the night as the Rox scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth as Brice Matthews (Nebraska) drove a run home with a single, and then it was Otto Kemp (Point Loma Nazarene) who added two more with a single to the outfield to give the Rox a 4-2 lead.

St. Cloud would score two more with infield hits by Andrew Pinckney (Alabama) and Brice Matthews to make it 6-2 after five.

The bullpen for the Rox held the lead from there as Zach Gagnon (Tarleton State) and Josh Gainer (LIU-Brooklyn) shut out the MoonDogs for the final five innings.

The final game of the regular season series between the MoonDogs and Rox will be on Sunday as the two meet up again at Joe Faber Field for a 4:05 first pitch. Luke Young (Midland College) matches up with Noah Myhre (Minot State) on the mound.

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