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Matthews Ties Record, Rox Win With Walk-Off

 

 

St. Cloud, MN – The St. Cloud Rox opened up a three-game homestand at the Rock Pile with an eventful win over the Waterloo Bucks on Tuesday night at the Rock Pile.

John Matthews (Kent State) impressed on the mound, with the Rox capping things off with a 3-2 walk-off win over the Bucks.

With the game tied 2-2 moving into the ninth inning, Ryan Davis (Georgetown) kicked off the bottom half of the inning with a double to center field. After being moved over to third, Ryan Weisenberg (Georgetown) singled home Davis to send St. Cloud home walk-off winners once again.

Matthews had a historic night on the bump for the Rox, pitching 6.2 innings and tying a single-game Rox record with 13 strikeouts. He gave up five hits, two runs and walked just one to earn a no-decision. Jake Suddreth (BYU) pitched 2.1 shutout innings in relief to pick up the win, giving up just one hit and striking out two.

Weisenberg led the Rox at the plate, going 2-for-5 with the game-winning RBI. Ryland Kerr (Eastern Kentucky) went 3-for-4 with one RBI, Marshall Gilbert (Mississippi State) went 1-for-4 with one RBI and Ricardo Sanchez (Arkansas at Pine Bluff) and Jack Barrie (Northwestern Ohio) each had two hits and one run scored.

St. Cloud continues on in its homestand at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday when it concludes a two-game series with Waterloo at the Rock Pile. The game will be Rox Drawstring Bag Giveaway Night Presented by Central Minnesota Credit Union, where the first 300 fans 14 years old and under will get a Rox drawstring bag.

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.