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Published On: June 18th, 2016

Mankato, MN – Rain fell throughout the duration of this contest and ultimately caused for stoppage in play. St. Cloud led 6-5 with one out in the bottom of the 7th inning and earned the victory once the umpires stopped the game. The Rox won their 10th game in their last 12 attempts on Friday night.

St. Cloud’s Ricky Ramirez (McNeese State) entered tonight’s game with 10 hits in his last 16 at-bats and continued his hot hitting. Ramirez blasted a grand slam over the right field wall as part of a six run 4th inning. St. Cloud posted 7 hits in that frame as well after only 2 hits in the first two innings. This was the second grand slam for the club on the road trip.

RHP Matt Shannon (Angelo State) made his second start for the Rox and lasted 5 innings. Shannon experienced control issues throughout his outing. He threw 8 balls to start the bottom of the first inning and in total walked 5 batters. The two runs Shannon allowed were both unearned.

Drew Freedman and Mason Mamarella (Kent State) aided to the Rox offense with the use of small ball. Freedman registered two bunt singles in the game. Over the last 4 games, Freedman has dropped down 7 bunts this season in 4 games (5 singles, 2 sacrifices). Mamarella also recorded two infield hits in the game.

The Rox are back at Joe Faber Field Saturday night with a game against the Duluth Huskies. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. and the Rox Solid Pregame Warmup starts at 5:35 p.m. RHP Austin Caspersen (St. Cloud State) will start for St. Cloud.

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


The St. Cloud Times Player of the Game is Ricky Ramirez. Ramirez launched a grand slam in the game and it was his fourth home run of the season.

The St. Cloud Rox are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized 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 150 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 (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit