St. Cloud State (25-1) wrapped up the weekend winning three games and losing their only game of the year against Upper Iowa (10-13). The Huskies wanted to come out on a positive note after taking their first loss of the season to get back on track on their phenomenal play as of late.
Huskies pitcher Tyler Gentz earned his third win on the year in four and a third innings pitched. Gentz struck seven batters out and walked three batters while giving up five hits that amounted to seven runs scored.
Upper Iowa pitcher Collin Thomas ended up receiving the loss in game one in two and a third innings pitched allowing seven runs on eight hits. Thomas also struck out three batters throughout his outing.
St. Cloud State came out of the gate strong, scoring 10 runs in the first three innings with help from a two-run home run by third-basemen Zak Hoffman. Hoffman got two hits on four attempts in the game and ended batting in three runs.
Upper Iowa center-fielder Jacob Greco and third-basemen Colton Janssen both hit home runs that kept the game high scoring and close. Greco’s two-run home run came after an RBI single earlier in the inning. Janssen hit in two runners on base home with his home run in the fifth inning.
The second game of the doubleheader was an impressive offensive showing from the Huskies by putting up nine runs in the third inning. Huskies right-fielder Karl Sorensen hit two home runs in the third that resulted in four of the nine runs St. Cloud State scored. Huskies center-fielder Brandon Arnold hit a triple in the same inning that brought two runners home.
Huskies designated-hitter Reese Gregory also made critical hits throughout the game. Gregory went three for four batting with two solo home runs, one in the second inning and another in the fourth.
Upper Iowa left-fielder Anthony Carlton hit a three-run home run in the third inning to start off the scoring for the Peacocks. Peacocks third-basemen Colton Janssen hit a double that scored one run later in the inning that capped off the scoring for Upper Iowa in the game.
Huskies pitcher Bryan Rohde got his first win of the year in game two in his two innings pitched. Rohde threw four strikeouts and only gave up one hit in his performance. St. Cloud State pitcher Dominic Austing started the game for the Huskies and threw one strikeout while giving up four runs on four hits.
Upper Iowa starting-pitcher Mitch Moser lost his first game of the year in game two in two and two-thirds innings pitched. Moser gave up 11 runs on 10 hits and walked four batters in his outing.
St. Cloud State (25-1) will host Concordia University (15-3) in a doubleheader Wednesday at Joe Faber Field. Upper Iowa (10-13) will travel to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to take on the University of Sioux Falls (10-13).