St. Cloud State completes series sweep
Benke racks up eight RBIs as Huskies down Concordia-St. Paul
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- No. 20 St. Cloud State used the long ball to complete a four-game Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference sweep of Concordia-St. Paul on Monday afternoon with 7-2 and 10-3 victories at Dick Putz Field.
St. Cloud State improved to 29-10 overall and 14-6 in the NSIC after pounding CSP (19-16, 10-11 NSIC) pitchers for 17 runs on 20 hits combined Monday, while posting three three-run home runs and a solo home run in the process.
Kyle Fischer had Concordia-St. Paul hitters off balance by tossing a complete-game five-hitter in the opener, as he allowed just one earned run, while striking out six of the 29 batters he faced to improve to 6-1 this season.
Offensively, the Huskies got things going in the first inning as Sean Borman hit a three-run bomb over the fence in right field to take an early 3-1 lead.
Not to be outdone, Joey Benke then hit a three-run blast of his own in the fifth inning to end the Husky scoring in game one, as SCSU was efficient with seven runs scored on six hits in the contest.
Benke finished the game 1-for-3 with a run scored and three RBIs, while Borman went 1-for-2 while also scoring a run and driving in three runs.
In game two, the Huskies drove in 10 runs on 14 hits as Shawn Riesgraf also improved to 6-1 this season on the mound after giving up one run on five hits in five innings of work.
Benke and Borman again pounded CSP pitching in game two as Benke went 2-for-3 with a run scored, two doubles and five RBIs, while Borman went 2-for-4 with a run scored and his second home run of the day and fifth of the season.
Brian Hansen went 1-for-4 with four RBIs after hitting the third SCSU three-run home run of the day in the fifth inning of the nightcap.