May 11, 2012 at 7:39 am
MANKATO, MN (SCSU) - The No. 12 ranked St. Cloud State University baseball team set a school record for wins in a season with their 44th of 2012 after beating Winona State University 3-2 in the second round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament Thursday afternoon at Franklin Rodgers Park.
The Huskies (44-10) break the record that was set a season ago and have now won 19 straight games heading into a Noon matchup against No. 1 seeded Minnesota State University Mankato Friday afternoon in the third round of the tournament.
It was SCSU's fourth win of the season over Winona State (29-19) as junior Shawn Riesgraf (Chaska) put together another solid outing on the hill for the Huskies.
Riesgraf got ahead in counts and kept batters off balance for eight innings to improve to 9-1 this season, as he gave up just two runs on eight hits in the game.
The Huskies got on board first in the third inning, as junior Phil Imholte (St. Cloud) got on with a two-out walk and was followed by sophomore Garrett Fischer (New Ulm) who laid a perfect bunt down the third base line to set up senior Joey Benke (Roseau).
Benke took Winona State starter John Wenker's full count offering to the bottom of the fence in left field for a two RBI double to break up the shutout.
The Huskies added their final run of the game in the fifth as sophomore Travis Enger (Maple Grove) got a lead off hit and scored later on a two-out single from Fischer to make it 3-0.
Fischer went 3-for-4 in the game to go with a run scored and a RBI.
He is now 5-for-8 in the tournament and has had a hit in 10-straight games from the two spot in the lineup.
Winona then got in the scoring column for the first time with a RBI single in the seventh inning from Derek Wojcik and added another run in the eighth as Riesgraf left the game up 3-2.
Senior Austan Bosch (Butte, Mont.) came in and closed the game out with a three-up three-down ninth inning to earn his third save of the season.
St. Cloud State and Minnesota State have not lost a game in the tournament and come into the third round matchup 1-1 against each other after splitting two games in regular season play earlier this season.
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