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Honkers Fall Short at Home

Honkers Fall Short at Home

July 08, 2018 04:28 PM

(Rochester, Minn.) – Noah Sifrit (Oklahoma State) and Nick Brueser (Stanford) each launched a two-run home run in the fourth inning to lead the Eau Claire Express past the Rochester Honkers 6-5 on Sunday at Mayo Field. The Express won their second game in a row to improve to 3-2 in the second half and 16-24 overall. The Honkers fall to 1-4 and 18-23.

Jaylon McLaughlin (Nevada) recorded his 17th multi-hit game of the year after going 2-for-4 and stealing two bases. Mike Peabody (UC Irvine) picked up his first multi-hit game of the season finishing 2-for-4.

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Honker’s starting pitcher Eddie Mathis (Bellarmine) made his season debut for Rochester. He worked three innings surrendering two runs on two hits. Connor McCollum (Colorado Christian) took the loss in his season debut throwing two innings giving up four runs on three hits. Ryan Dorney (St. Martin’s) came in relief to quiet the Express offense, he worked three scoreless innings. Michael Brandt (Augustana) came in to work a scoreless ninth.

The Express got on top early scoring two runs in the second inning. Andrew Pratt (Lubbock Christian) singled to right to bring home the game’s first run. Sifrit grounded into a fielder’s choice to bring home another run and put Eau Claire up 2-0.

The Honkers rallied in the third to take the lead, Matt Hardy (UC Riverside) singled to right to bring home two runs for the Honkers to tie the game at two. Andy Armstrong (Oregon State) gave the Honkers a 3-2 lead as he scored on an error. Hardy put the Honkers up 4-2 as he came around to score on a wild pitch.

The Express came back in the fourth to retake the lead. Sifrit got the rally started ripping a two-run home run to tie the game at four. Brueser gave the Express a 6-4 lead hitting a two-run home run of his own.

Peabody cut the Express lead to 6-5 in the seventh coming around to score on a wild pitch.

Eau Claire starting pitcher Justin Slaten (New Mexico) picked up his fifth win of the year for the Express. Slaten tossed five innings giving up four runs on six hits. Just two of the runs were earned.  

The Honkers will travel to Eau Claire for a rematch with the Express on Monday. Zak Devermann (Illinois) is scheduled to pitch for the Honkers, the left-hander has compiled a 4.78 ERA and a 2-3 record. Andrew Dean (Illinois-Springfield) is scheduled to start for the Express. Dean has a 0-4 record and a 3.81 ERA.

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