Eau Claire, WI – Ryland Kerr (Eastern Kentucky) drilled his first home run of the season but St. Cloud (36-35) fell to Eau Claire, 8-2. The team combined for eight hits, with three coming from the bat of Kerr.
The Rox recorded their first run of the game in the third inning, when Kerr blasted a home run over the left field wall. He now has 23 RBI’s on the 2018 season.
Another run was added on in the sixth inning, when Jack Barrie (Reinhardt) scored Ricardo Sanchez (Arkansas at Pine Bluff) from third base. It was Barrie’s 34th RBI of the season, which leads the team in that category.
To go along with Kerr’s three hit performance, Ben Carew (Kent State), Michael Borst (Minot State), Noah Hill (BYU), Sanchez, and Barrie all recorded one hit each.
Jake Stevenson (Minnesota) started the game for St. Cloud, striking out one batter. Ross Bastyr (Concordia St. Paul) then pitched four innings of relief on the mound. Nate Shoemaker (Creighton) tossed two innings, striking out two batters. Sergio Esparza hurled the eighth inning, making quick work of the Eau Claire offense.
St. Cloud will look to split the two-game series Sunday at Carson Park in the final game of the 2018 season. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05.
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, over 200 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.