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Published On: June 20th, 2018

 

Mankato, MN – Landon Stephens (Miami-Ohio) hit his third home run in less than a week as St. Cloud defeated Mankato, 3-1. The MoonDogs were on a seven-game win streak at Franklin Rogers Park. Kenny Saenz (BYU) gave up four hits in six innings pitched and earned his second win of the season.

St. Cloud pushed a run across in the away half of the first inning, claiming an early lead. With runners on second and third base, Bobby Seymour (Wake Forest) hit a sac-fly to center field and scored Gus Steiger (South Dakota State). They’ve now scored first in five of their last six games.

The Rox would extend their lead to 3-o in the top of the third inning, when Stephens blasted a two-run shot over the left field fence. Those three runs was all the offense St. Cloud would need to pick up win number eleven on the year.

Saenz was dominant on the mound, giving up one run and striking out five batters in his six innings of work. He was relieved in the seventh inning by Jack Cushing (Georgetown), who tossed two innings and allowed one hit. Bobby Gauvreau (Minnesota State-Mankato) earned the save after closing out the ninth inning.

The win for St. Cloud improves them to 11-10 on the season. They’ll look to sweep Mankato tomorrow evening, when the Rox return home to the Rock Pile. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.

The Rox are in their seventh season of Northwoods League Baseball in 2018. Single game and group tickets for the entire season are on sale now. For more information on purchasing tickets, visit the Rox Ticket Office on the west end of the Municipal Athletic Complex, call 320-240-9798 or visit www.stcloudrox.com.

The St. Cloud Rox are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods 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 190 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR).  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.