Rochester, MN – St. Cloud (26-30) registered fourteen hits as a team en route to their 11-1 win against the Rochester Honkers at Mayo Field. Connor Aube (UT-Arlington) went 5-5 at the plate, scoring four runs and blasting his first home run of the season. Noah Hill (BYU) also hit his first home run of the season in the win. Evan Johnson (Creighton) was stellar on the mound, tossing eight innings and striking out eleven batters.
The Rox jumped out to an early lead in the second inning, as Ryland Kerr (Eastern Kentucky) delivered on a two-out single to right field scoring Hill from second base. In the fourth inning, Landon Stephens (Miami-Ohio) hit a sac-fly to left field and scored Aube. That set up Hill in the fifth inning, belting a solo home run to left field and giving St. Cloud a 3-0 lead.
In the sixth inning, three consecutive RBI were hit from Ricardo Sanchez (Arkansas at Pine Bluff), Stephens, and Bobby Seymour (Wake Forest). St. Cloud answered with another three run inning in the seventh, as Aube crushed a two-run home run to left center field. Seymour picked up another RBI to finish the scoring in the inning. The Rox were in full control of the game at that point, leading 9-1. They would tack on two more runs in the ninth inning.
Aube, Stephens, Seymour, Hill, and Kerr all registered two RBI for St. Cloud at the plate. In his five hit effort, Aube was just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Johnson pitched eight innings, tied for the most by any Rox pitcher in a single start this season. To go along with his eleven strikeouts, he gave up just three hits and one run while issuing one walk. Finn Del Bonta-Smith (San Jose State) finished the game in the ninth inning on the mound, striking out two batters.
St. Cloud now travels to Canada for a two-game series with Thunder Bay. First pitch on Saturday at Port Arthur Stadium is scheduled for 5:05 PM (CT).
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.