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Published On: August 14th, 2016

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Waterloo, IA – Rox starter Austin Caspersen (St. Cloud State) battled through 7 innings on the mound in the 14-2 loss to Waterloo on Saturday night. After the first inning, Caspersen only yielded one run in his outing. St. Cloud still remains in first place in the second half North Division standings by a half of a game. The Rox need to win the regular season finale Sunday in order to win the second half crown. Or, if Mankato falls to Thunder Bay on Sunday, this would also give the Rox the second half division title. If either of these two scenarios happen, the Rox would host a first round playoff game at Joe Faber Field Monday August 15th. Regardless of home or away, St. Cloud is guaranteed a playoff game on Monday.

The bottom 4 hitters in the Rox batting order provided all of the offense with 5 hits. Zach Gottfredsen (St. Thomas) notched his first 2 hits in a Rox jersey and recorded an RBI in the 8th inning. Brendan Illies (UNC) also delivered with an RBI double in the 8th.  

St. Cloud allowed 10 runs in the first inning, which is a season high for an inning. However, the defense and pitching bounced back and did not absorb a run from the 2nd to the 7th inning.

The Rox are back in action Sunday for the 2016 regular season finale in Waterloo, IA. First pitch is scheduled for 3:35 p.m. and the Rox Solid Pregame Warmup begins at 3:05 p.m. RHP Carlo Graffeo (Southeastern Louisiana) will make the start for the Rox.

Single game 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 Times Player(s) of the Game is Austin Caspersen. The righty responded after allowing 10 runs in the first inning and threw the next 6 frames with only 1 run allowed.

BOX SCORE – http://northwoods.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=317249

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 www.stcloudrox.com

 

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