St. Cloud, MN – St. Cloud (4-7) got a strong start from Trevor Koenig (St. Cloud State) on the mound but lost game one of the series to Rochester (6-5) by a score of 4-1.
After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the third inning, the Rox got to work quickly. With Ben Carew (Kent State) on second base, Gus Steiger (South Dakota State) drilled a single into center field and scored Carew to tie the game at 1-1.
The Rox would rally in the bottom of the ninth inning, bringing the tying run to the plate, but couldn’t score the two runners on base.
Steiger, Brendan Tinsman (Wake Forest), Hance Smith (California), Zack Elliott (Minnesota) and Tyler Finke (Southeastern Louisiana) would all record base hits in the game.
Following Koenig’s start, Taylor Lepard (USC Upstate), Justin Wick (Creighton), Joey Stock (St. Johns) and Garrett Delano (Brown) all saw action out of the bullpen.
The Rox will take on the Honkers at Mayo Field in the series finale on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.
St. Cloud will be back at home on Sunday with a 4:05 p.m. first pitch time against Willmar. It’s Pink in the Park Day presented by Center for Diagnostic Imaging. The Rox will be wearing special jerseys that will be auctioned off at the game with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. It’s also a Coborn’s Kids Day as children will have the opportunity to run the bases after the game and get autographs on the field.
All single games tickets – including to the home opener – can be purchased now in person at the Rox Ticket Office located at the Municipal Athletic Complex, by calling the Rox Ticket office at 320-240-9798 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or 24 hours a day by visiting www.stcloudrox.com.
The St. Cloud Rox are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 25-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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 (MIA). 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.