Ramirez “Rox” One Deep In Loss To La Crosse
La Crosse, WI – There was another spark that flickered immediately for the Rox. This time it was not given to them through walks or errors. Ricky Ramirez (McNeese State) found his sweet swing as he blasted a solo home run to lead off the ball game in the top of the first inning. Unfortunately, the home run bug from the Loggers transferred over from Thursday and the St. Cloud Rox (0-4) fell 8-3 to the La Crosse Loggers (2-2) at Copeland Park.
Chris Kwitzer (Buffalo) battled in a tough at bat and worked a walk with no outs following the Ramirez homer and Ben Peterson followed that up with a scorched double down the left field line. This set up St. Cloud in good position with runners at second and third base. Luke Ringhofer (South Dakota State) collected his first two RBI’s with the Rox this season after his single that bounced up the middle. St. Cloud, just like Thursday, leaped out to a 3-0 after the first inning.
La Crosse bounced back in the third inning in large part due to one fielding and one throwing error from St. Cloud. The Loggers scored three runs to tie the game at 3-3, despite only recording two hits in the frame
RHP Quinten Sefcik (Illinois) made his first start for the Rox tonight and started off on the right foot. The redshirt freshman did not allow a hit through the first three innings. Sefcik finished with 60 pitches, 3 innings, 3 runs (1 earned), and walked 2 batters.
The St. Cloud bullpen faced trouble once Sefcik departed from the contest. Malcolm Grady was summoned on in the fourth inning and he surrendered a three-run homer. The offense for La Crosse resumed in the fifth inning when Collin Strall (LSU) came out of the bullpen. Strall let up a two-run home run and after five frames the Rox trailed the Loggers 8-3.
Malcolm Grady (0-1) was tagged with the loss in relief and Jonathan Teaney (1-0) earned the victory.
On Saturday, St. Cloud will host Thunder Bay for the first home game of the season at Joe Faber Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm. The Rock Solid Pregame Warmup starts at 6:35pm on 1390thefan.com and 1390 AM.
Tonight’s St. Cloud Times Player of the Game is Ricky Ramirez (McNeese State). Ramirez registered his second home run of the season. For more coverage of the Rox during the 2016 season visit www.sctimes.com.
For more stats and information about tonight’s game, here is the boxscore:
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