Rox Shut out Mud Puppies, Win 50 Games for First Time in Franchise History
St. Cloud, MN - In front of the home crowd on Friday, St. Cloud (50-17) shut out the Minnesota Mud Puppies (9-26) for their 50th win of the season, the highest total in franchise history.
The Rox will play for the best record in Northwoods League history on Saturday in their regular-season finale. With a win, St. Cloud would finish the season with a 51-17, surpassing the previous mark of 50-17 by the Rochester Honkers. For the full Northwoods League standings, click here.
Friday was the Rox' eleventh shutout of the season, the most in the Northwoods League. The pitching staff combined to allow just two hits and strike out 16 Mud Puppies batters to earn the win.
Nick Penick (St. John's University) got his first start of the season on the mound and shined. Penick tossed five shutout innings and allowed just one hit, while striking out nine batters for his first win of the season.
In his second outing since returning to the roster, Nathan Culley (Minnesota State-Mankato) tossed two shutout innings in relief. Culley struck out three batters and didn't allow a hit in his two frames of work.
Offensively, the Rox scored seven of their eight runs in the first two innings of the game. Caleb Ricketts (San Diego) brought in a run in the first and second inning with his two hits on Friday night.
Justin Kirby (Kent State) also hit his first home run of the season in the second inning to put the Rox up 4-0. Kirby had two hits on the day including a double out to the left-center gap in the middle innings.
St. Cloud wraps up its regular season against the Mud Puppies on Saturday evening. First pitch from Joe Faber Field is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
Then, the Rox set their sights on the playoffs, with the opener against Mankato set for 5:05 pm on Sunday afternoon from ISG Field. The home-opener in the postseason will be played on Monday at the Rock Pile with first pitch at 7:05 pm.
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