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Published On: June 10th, 2017

St. Cloud — There's not much you can complain about you win six straight games. One of the issues for St. Cloud after last night's win over the Loggers was it just managed four hits the entire game. A solid shutout performance made that statistic irrelevant with a 3-0 shutout win.

After a couple of games were the offense struggled to score runs, exploded on Friday night for an 8-1 win. In a battle between the top two teams in the North Division, St. Cloud bounced back with two monster innings.

Cameron Eden (California) led off the 2nd inning with a bunt down the 3rd base line that two Bucks players watch go all the wall to the bag. Eden saw no one covering 2nd and advanced for the double. Michael Busch (North Carolina) in his first at-bat for St. Cloud hit an RBI single that scored Eden for the first run of the game. The Rox were just getting started.

Spencer Holcomb (Western Carolina) walked, and with runners on 1st and 2nd Drew Avans (Southeast Louisiana) started the first of three consecutive RBI singles to extend the Rox lead to 4. Mason Mamarella (Kent State) and Cameron Blaquiere (Western Carolina) followed Avans lead to blitz the Bucks for four runs in that bottom half.

Later in the 6th, STC loaded the bases with two outs. Blaquiere leading the team with a .395 batting average stepped up and drilled a ball from a Waterloo reliever into Right-Centerfield to clear the bases. The Rox added one more in the bottom of the 7th, and cruised to another win.

The offense showed flashes of dominance like it has at other points in the season. Friday's 2nd inning marked the 4th time this year where St. Cloud scored four or more runs in one inning.

The real story that continues to remain impressive is the pitching. The Rox pitching staff came into tonight with the lowest ERA, least number of hits allowed, and most strikeouts in the Northwoods League.

Aaron Rozek (Minnesota State-Mankato) kept Bucks hitters silent. He picked up his second win of the year, and had an unbelievable outing. Rozek earned Friday night's Northwoods League Pitcher of the NIght after 6 innings of nearly perfect baseball. The Junior finished with just 2 hits allowed and a new Rox record of 13 strikeouts. 

Kyle Boser (St. Cloud State) and Bobby Gauvareau (Minnesota State-Mankato) finished the last three innings, and finished up the 7th straight win. The victory also moves the Rox two games ahead of everyone else in the North. STC looks to continue its winning ways and add to its division lead against the Bucks tomorrow. First pitch is set for 6:05 PM at Joe Faber Field.

Tomorrow a Rox Pint Glass Giveaway for the first 500 fans 21 and older in attendance sponsored by Miller Lite.You can look for tickets online at stcloudrox.com, or call our box office at 320-240-9798. 

Tonight's Box Score.

Tonight's St. Cloud TImes Player of the Night is Aaron Rozek. Despite the 8 runs put up by the offense, Rozek delivered a phenomenal outing. He finished with 6 innings, 2 hits and 13 strikeouts.

The St. Cloud Rox are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 170 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two- time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.stcloudrox.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rox as your favorite team.