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Rox Sweep Doubleheader in Mankato, Return Home Saturday

Mankato, MN—

The St. Cloud Rox and Mankato Moondogs wrapped up their season series with two games today at Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato, both won by St. Cloud.

 

GAME 1—-

In a makeup of last night's rain-out, the Rox were the home team for game number one of the doubleheader. Lucas Gilbreath (Minnesota) got the start on the mound on the Rox, and he cruised through his first 4 and 2/3 innings of work, striking out 8 while allowing just two runs. Collin Strall (LSU) came on the mound for the Rox in the 5th and pitched the rest of the way, as the Rox went on to win game number one by a final score of 6-2. Austin Athmann (Minnesota) would supply the offense for the Rox, as he was 2-3 with 3 RBI's in game one of the doubleheader.

 

GAME 2—

The 2015 series finale between the Moondogs and Rox might have been the most thrilling game of the entire series, as the Rox cameback to win in extra innings by a final score of 7-5. Through the first 5 innings, it was all Mankato as the Moondogs took a 4-0 lead into the top of the 6th inning in a 7 inning game. The rox would tack on 2 runs to cut the lead to just 2, but Mankato was able to add a run of insurance in the bottom half of the 6th as the Rox trailed 5-2 heading into their final half inning.

As they've done all season, the Rox bats came alive with their backs against the wall, as they loaded the bases with 2 outs with Brett Pope (Western Carolina) due up. Pope lined a 2 out triple into left center field to tie the game, and the game headed into extra innings all square at 5.

It didn't take long for the Rox to assert themselves in extras, after Joe Tietjen (UNC Asheville) reached with one out in the inning and promptly stole a base, Austin Athmann continued his hot day at the plate to give the Rox a 1 run lead. Athamnn would later come around to score in the inning for the Rox, and Glowicki came in and shut the door in the bottom of the inning as the Rox swept the doubleheader by winning game two 7-5.

Tonight's SC Times Player of the Game(s) was Austin Athmann. Athmann finished the doubleheader 4-5 with 4 RBI's and 2 runs scored. For more Rox coverage, visit www.sctimes.com

GAME 1 box score– http://northwoods.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=307162

GAME 2 box score–http://northwoods.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=307349

The Rox wrap up the 2015 regular season at home against the Kenosha Kingfish this weekend.

 

On Saturday, August 8th the game will begin at 6:05 p.m. for the third Annual Wine, Women and Baseball Night presented by Westside Liquor, Nick's Third Floor at D.B. Searles and Geyer Wedding and Event Rentals. There will be pre-game wine tasting, hors d'oeuvers, and much more are featured during the pre-game events starting at 4 p.m. Saturday will also be Girl Scout and Boy Scout Night. There will be an overnight campout on the field with a camping ticket.

The regular season finale will be on Sunday, August 9th as the Rox conclude the series versus the Kingfish. It’s Fan Appreciation Night. There will be numerous giveaways all night long and the final extravagant fireworks display presented by Texas Roadhouse.

The Rox will host their first playoff game in team history on Monday, August 10th at 7:05 p.m. The team St. Cloud will be playing is still to be determined.

Single game and playoff tickets can be purchased 24 hours a day at www.stcloudrox.com, by calling (320) 240-9798 or by visiting the Rox ticket office located at the Municipal Athletic Complex.

The St. Cloud Rox are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, the Northwoods League is the largest summer collegiate 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 120 Northwoods 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 (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (KC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website.  For more information, visit www.stcloudrox.com.