Rochester, MN – St. Cloud (26-12) used a seven-run fifth inning to beat Rochester 9-3 in the series opener on Tuesday. The Rox magic number to clinch the Minnesota/Iowa pod is two.
Ben Norman (Iowa) led off the first inning with a double off the right field wall. Jack Kelly (Minnesota) later scored him on a sac-fly to center field. It put the Rox ahead 1-0.
In the fourth inning, Kodie Kolden (Washington State) reached on a fielder’s choice and scored Sam Ireland (Minnesota). St. Cloud led 2-1.
The Rox exploded for seven runs in the fifth inning, extending their lead to 9-1. Norman led off with a walk and Andrew Pintar (BYU) and Jack Kelly singled to load the bases. Ireland, Jack Winkler (San Francisco) and Collin Montez (Washington State) all drew consecutive walks with the bases loaded, each scoring a run. To highlight the inning, Norman crushed a three-run double to left field.
Landen Bourassa (San Francisco) started the game and tossed four innings. Josh Gainer (LIU-Brooklyn) earned his second win of the season after striking out four batters in two innings pitched. Brandon White (Washington State) struck out five batters after pitching the final three innings and collected his first save of the season.
For the full box score from Tuesday’s game, click here.
The Rox have now won 17 of their last 20 games.
With the win, the Rox continue to stay in first place of the Minnesota/Iowa pod. The Rox have a .684 winning percentage while the Waterloo Bucks have a .675 winning percentage. The magic number to clinch is two. St. Cloud has two games remaining in the season and the champion will be based on winning percentage. The Rox play at Rochester on Wednesday at Mayo Field with a 6:35 first pitch. They finish the season at home against Willmar on Thursday at 7:05 pm. There will be a post-game fireworks show, presented by Texas Roadhouse.
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