Rox Walk It Off On Mezzenga’s Home Run, Win Sixth Straight

St. Cloud, MN – In a back-and-forth game, St. Cloud (48-17) walked it off in the ninth with a two-run home run to take down the Minnesota Mud Puppies (6-27).

Ike Mezzenga (Minnesota) stepped to the plate with two outs and a runner on first in the bottom of the ninth with the game tied at seven. Mezzenga launched a ball to right field and as it cleared the fence, the Rox were walk-off winners for their sixth straight victory.

The walk-off home run was Mezzenga’s second of the year and he finished the day with four RBI’s. Mezzenga has at least one hit in all eleven games that he’s played with the Rox and put up 15 RBI’s this season.

Jack Steil (North Dakota State) also had a home run on Wednesday night. Steil helped the Rox get off to a hot start with his first long ball of the season and also knocked in a run in the eighth to put the Rox up by one.

Luca Trigiani (St. Joseph’s University) and O’Neill Burgos (Southern University) each added two hits in the game as well. Trigiani came through with a run in the sixth and an RBI in the seventh to boost the Rox late.

On the mound, Nick Hyde (Western Carolina) put together his second straight solid start. Hyde went five innings, allowing just one run and struck out six batters to help the Rox out to an early lead.

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

The Rox play their final regular season home game on Thursday against the Minnesota Mud Puppies, looking for another sweep. First pitch from the Rock Pile is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

For the full 2022 Rox schedule, click here. The 2022 season is presented by Fleet Farm. For more information regarding this release, season tickets and partial season ticket packages for the 2022 season including Kwik Trip 7-Game Packs, please contact the Rox office at 320-240-9798 or visit www.stcloudrox.com.

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. Now in its’ 29th 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, 300 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 (NYM), 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 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at watchnwl.com and on ESPN+. 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.

 

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