Rochester, MN – Bryce Robison (BYU) tied the Rox’ single-game record for strikeouts with 13 and propelled St. Cloud (10-6) to a 3-0 win over Rochester (5-9).
Robison went seven and two-thirds innings and allowed no runs on just six hits and only walking one. In two innings, Robison struck out the side in order and he was able to summon back-to-back strikeouts in the eighth with a runner in scoring position.
Connor Barison (Washington State) came out of the bullpen and recorded the final four outs of the game and added three punchouts of his own to seal the victory for St. Cloud. Friday night marked the third shutout of the season for the Rox.
Offensively, the Rox scored once in the fourth as Jack Winkler (San Francisco) drove in Jordan Barth (Augustana) on an RBI double down the left-field line. Winkler had three doubles during the two-game series with Rochester.
Barth had his best night of the season, going three-for-four including a double of his own in the fourth inning. The Rox’ third-year returner has elevated his batting average to .224 on the summer.
Connor O’Brien (Seattle) also had a big day in his debut performance with St. Cloud. O’Brien beat out an infield single to lead off the eighth inning and singled again in the ninth, recording a multi-hit game in his first outing with the Rox.
St. Cloud added an insurance run in the eighth and ninth to add some cushion and finish off the game with its tenth win of the season.
For a full box score from tonight’s game, click here.
With the win, the Rox move into a tie atop the Great Plains West with the Mankato MoonDogs. St. Cloud is now at the midway point of the first half of its schedule.
After the two-game road trip, the Rox return to Joe Faber Field for six games in five days at home. St. Cloud opens the homestand on Saturday evening against the Minnesota Mud Puppies with first pitch at 6:35 pm from the Rock Pile.
The St. Cloud Rox are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 27th season, the Northwoods 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 250 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB Gold Glove finalist and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. 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.