Waterloo, IA – Jack Barrie (Northwestern Ohio) blasted his fourth home run of the season and helped carry St. Cloud (17-22) to a 7-2 win over the Waterloo Bucks (11-27) on Friday night. The Rox finished the game with 12 hits and had five players register at least two or more total hits.
The scoring began in the top of the third inning as Gus Steiger (South Dakota State) hit a single to center field that scored Connor Aube (UT-Arlington) from second base. Ryan Davis followed in the next at-bat with an RBI of his own, hitting a single to left field that scored Ben Carew (Kent State).
In the fourth inning, Barrie belted a leadoff home run to left field and extended the Rox lead to 3-0. It was the first pitch of the at-bat. The scoring would continue next inning when Ryan Weisenberg (Georgetown) singled to left field and scored Steiger, who got on base with a double to left field.
St. Cloud wasn’t done scoring yet and Davis was back at it in the seventh inning, as he recorded a single to center field that scored Aube. A few insurance runs would be tacked on in the eighth inning, as Aube singled to right field and scored Ryland Kerr (Eastern Kentucky) and Barrie.
Kyle Richardson (Texas A&M) started the game for St. Cloud on the mound and struck out five batters in five-and-one thirds innings pitched. Erik Martinez (UC-Berkeley), Carlo Graffeo (Minnesota State-Mankato), and Finn Del Bonta-Smith (San Jose State) all saw work out of the bullpen in the victory.
St. Cloud will look to sweep Waterloo Saturday evening at Riverfront Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35.
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.