St. Cloud State Splits With Missouri

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St. Cloud State’s baseball team went through some big ups and downs this weekend as they traveled to Joplin, MO to play 4 games against Missouri Southern.  In the end, they came away with a split of the series which left them at 7-3 on the season.  The games must have left the team feeling as if they were bipolar (extreme mood shifts).  St. Cloud Recap

  • Game 1 – In Friday’s game, the Huskies take a 13-4 lead into the bottom of the 7th inning but give up 9 in the 7th inning to tie it and a home run in the 8th inning to lose it.
  • Game 2 – The game is a total opposite of the day before as St. Cloud wins 4-1 in a pitchers duel.  Starter Tim Scott pitches 6 strong innings and gives up only 1 run on 1 hit (and 5 walks).  Nate Johnson and Nate Hammes lead on the offensive side to even the series.
  • Game 3 – The back end of Saturday’s double header had all the frustrations of Friday’s game.  The Huskies were down 5-0 by the end of the 3rd inning which included 2 unearned runs.  They then have the big inning like Missouri had on Friday and scored 7 runs in the top of the 6th inning to take the lead.  Their joy was short lived though as the Lions came back with 3 in the bottom of the 7th inning to win it 8-7.
  • Game 4 – Sunday’s final game of the series was another pitching gem.  St. Cloud got another solid effort from its starter, Pat DeLaHunt, who went 5 1/3 and only gave up 1 run.  Then, unlike games 1 & 3, the Huskies relief pitchers (Bryant Koval & Nick Anderson) were able to shut the door.  The 6-1 win was paced by 5 different players who had 2 hits for the game.

With 10 games in the books now there are a few things we can draw out by looking at St. Cloud’s stats:

  • On the offensive side, St. Cloud is hitting .314 as a team and are being led by Sam Radbil (3B) who is hitting .419 so far.  The Junior from Milwaukee, WI is on a 5 game hitting streak and has multi-hit games in 5 of the teams past 7 contests.  He leads the team in runs scored, hits and RBI’s and is the odds on favorite to be named Player of the Week.
  • In a weird statistical quirk, the team has 5 guys that are hitting 1.000 on the season (all 1 for 1).
  • The Huskies leadoff batter in an inning is reaching base at a .589 clip which is outstanding.
  • The starting pitchers have been outstanding.  As a group the 4 starters are 6-0 with a 2.68 ERA and only 31 hits allowed in 40.1 innings pitched.

St. Cloud State doesn’t play again until Wednesday February 25th when they will play the first game in a 4 game, non-conference series against Bemidji State at the Metrodome.

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