Barth Drives in Four Runs, Martinez Shines on the Mound in Rox Win
Duluth, MN – Jordan Barth (Augustana) drove in four runs and earned Northwoods League Player of the Night honors as St. Cloud (20-14) defeated Duluth (12-23) by a final score of 8-3 at Wade Stadium. RJ Martinez (Minot State) won his fifth consecutive start and is now the only pitcher in the league with five wins.
After falling behind 1-0, the Rox responded with three consecutive scoring innings. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Freddy Achecar (Georgetown) crushed an RBI-triple to right field and scored Garrett Delano (Brown) from first base to tie the game.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, St. Cloud pushed three runs across. Barth doubled down the left field line and scored Zack Elliott (Minnesota) and Gus Steiger (South Dakota State). Achecar would later draw a bases loaded walk and score Barth.
In the next inning, the Rox would score four runs. Gus Steiger got the scoring started on an RBI-single that brought home Elliott. Barth would later drill his first home run of the season with a two-run home run over the left field wall. The final run of the inning came from Achecar, who singled and scored Delano.
Martinez earned the win after throwing five innings. Rhyse Dee (Wake Forest) pitched four innings in relief and earned the save.
For the full box score from Monday’s game, click here.
The Rox will look to claim the series win on Tuesday with a 6:35 p.m. first pitch at Wade Stadium Against Duluth.
St. Cloud will be back at home on Friday against Willmar with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch time. There will be a post-game fireworks show as the Rox continue to celebrate Independence Day.
All single games tickets 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.