Rox Split Doubleheader with Express in Front of Sellout Crowd
St. Cloud, MN – Bobby Seymour (Wake Forest) went 3-3 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored to help lead St. Cloud to a 9-3 win over Eau Claire in game two of the doubleheader. It was a sellout crowd as more than 2,100 fans were in attendance.
After falling behind 2-0, St. Cloud used a five-run third inning to gain serious momentum throughout the remainder of the game. With Sean Ross (San Diego State) on second base and Connor Aube (UT-Arlington) on first base, Ricardo Sanchez (Arkansas at Pine Bluff) executed a perfect bunt down the third base line. An overthrow from the Eau Claire pitcher to the third baseman scored two runs and tied the game.
Ryan Weisenberg (Georgetown) followed Sanchez with a walk, setting up a scoring opportunity for Seymour. He delivered and drilled a double to the fence in center field that scored Sanchez and advanced Weisenberg to third base, who would later score on a passed ball. Hance Smith (UC-Berkeley) picked up an RBI later in the inning on a sac-fly to left field. The Rox took a 5-2 lead and wouldn’t look back.
The scoring would continue in a big way in the fourth inning, as four more runs would come home for St. Cloud. Jack Barrie (Northwestern Ohio) drilled a bases loaded single into left field that scored Aube. Then Sanchez and Seymour scored on wild pitches to keep the scoring going. Barrie would later score in the inning on an error from the Eau Claire second baseman. Following the fourth inning, St. Cloud had put up nine unanswered runs.
Jake Stevenson (Minnesota) made his first start of the year and earned the win in 3.2 innings pitched. He was relieved by Kyle Richardson (Texas A&M), who proceeded to toss the remaining 3.1 innings. The two combined for five strikeouts in the win.
St. Cloud now opens a two-game series with the Willmar Stingers. First pitch of Saturday’s game is scheduled for 7:05 PM at Bill Taunton Stadium. The team will then host the Stingers on Sunday for the final game before the All-Star Break. It is Team Poster Giveaway Night presented by Rengel Printing and Bulldog Photo to the first 1,500 fans. It’s also a Coborn’s Kids Day. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 PM at the Rock Pile.
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.