The Free Press, Mankato, MN


July 16, 2014

MoonDogs fall to Rochester

Rochester wins Northwoods League game 6-3

After giving up a five-run inning in the fifth, the MoonDogs weren't able to surmount a comeback and lost 6-3 to the Rochester Honkers at Franklin Rogers Park Wednesday night.

MoonDogs' starting pitcher Taylor Elman and his counterpart Michael Freeman put on a pitching clinic in the first three innings allowing just three hits combined in the first 3 ½ innings before Freeman was the first to crumble on the mound in the fourth inning. Standing on first after his leadoff single, first baseman Levi Scott stretched out to third base on third baseman Derek Umphres' no out single. Right fielder Brinn Bell raked in the first two runs of the game with the third single of the inning.

The momentum changed just pitches later as Elman gave up three doubles in the next frame. With just three hits given up before, the Creighton product finished with eight hits and four strikeouts and gave up five earned runs for his second loss of the season.

Alex Hackerott, one of the four Oklahoma State players on the roster, came in for relief and he struggled at first, giving up an earned run in his first inning. He collected himself as he and the bullpen (Tanner Rockwell and Dillon Williams) shutout the Honkers the rest of the way.

MoonDogs' Brett Murray was brought in as a pinch hitter and jump started the bottom of the ninth with a double that hit the right-center field gap. He would find his way home off a Patrick Massoni single, but the deficit was too insurmountable.

Bell tipped his cap to the Honkers' pitching staff.

"They came out with another good pitching performance. We just didn't get it done," Bell said. "Of course we want to win at home, but we didn't get it done and now we gotta go on the road and get some wins back."

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