Eau Claire, WI – After being held scoreless through seven innings, St. Cloud (44-14) erupted for seven runs in the final two frames to come back for a 7-2 win over Eau Claire (24-34).
The Rox entered the ninth inning trailing by one run but sent ten batters to the plate and tallied six runs to get the victory. Easton Waterman (Point Loma Nazarene) gave the Rox the lead on a two-run single down the right-field line.
Jordan Schulefand (Maine) finished his game with back-to-back RBI singles, his first two hits as a member of the Rox. His first base hit brought in Cody Kelly (Minnesota) to get the Rox on the board for the first time.
The cherry on top was a two-RBI triple from Nick Yovetich (San Francisco). Yovetich tallied the first and last hit of the game for the Rox and extended the St. Cloud lead to 7-2 heading into the bottom half of the ninth.
The Rox were able to stay in the game thanks to another phenomenal pitching performance from Storm Hierholzer (TCU). Hierholzer went a season-long six innings on the mound and the only blemish on his line was a three-run home run.
Out of the bullpen, Nick Penick (Saint John’s University) earned the win with two shutout frames. Penick helped the Rox keep the game within reach in the late innings before the Rox erupted. Then, Connor Barison (Washington State) sent the Express down in order in the ninth to seal the victory.
For a full box score from Wednesday’s game, click here.
St. Cloud was able to hold onto its five-and-a-half game lead over Mankato for the best record in the Northwoods League. The Rox are now just seven wins away from the best season by winning percentage in league history. For the full Northwoods League standings, click here.
The Rox continue their seven-game road trip on Thursday against the Willmar Stingers. St. Cloud will look to clinch the season series against the rival Stingers for the third straight season with first pitch at 7:05 pm.
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.