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Published On: July 8th, 2021

La Crosse, WI – A late comeback attempt in the ninth fell short for St. Cloud (26-9) as the Rox lost for the first time in six games, 7-4, against La Crosse (16-23).

In the ninth inning, Nate Swarts (Washington State) and Bobby Goodloe (TCU) each had base hits which cut the deficit down to three. With the tying run at the plate, Caleb Ricketts (San Diego) flew out to left field to end the game.

Nick Yovetich (San Francisco) continued his recent hot streak with two more hits tonight. Yovetich helped start a rally in the fifth inning for the Rox that plated two runs and narrowed the game early.

With starter Riley Cornelio (TCU) forced out of the game after the first inning, the Rox got great outings from relievers Joseph Battaglia (Southern University) and Zach Gagnon (Tarleton State). In Battaglia’s debut with the Rox, he went four innings in long relief to take the pressure off of the bullpen.

Gagnon went three scoreless innings to finish out the night. He retired the side in order in the eighth inning to give the bats a chance in the final frame.

For a full box score from Thursday’s game, click here.

St. Cloud continues its road trip with the series finale against La Crosse on Thursday night. First pitch from Copeland Park is scheduled for 6:35 pm.

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