May 10, 2012 at 6:51 pm
ST. CLOUD, MN (KNSI) – After pounding out nine runs in a first round win earlier Thursday, the Cyclones of St. Cloud Tech and Community College scored just a single tally in their second round game, edging out Minnesota State Community and Tech 1-0. The win advanced the Cyclones to the semi-final round of the NJCAA Region 13 tournament.
Following a three hit, two RBI effort in the Cyclone's opener Thursday, St. Cloud native Ryan Schneider tossed a complete game two hitter with five strike-outs in what was a scoreless game through five innings. Schneider, now the team leader in wins with seven, continued a dominating season, lowering his ERA to a sparkling 2.16 over 50 innings pitched.
Both teams were stymied at the plate until Schneider himself reached base on a dropped fly ball. The Cyclones leading hitter Jonathan Traetow then moved the go-ahead run to second with a single. The next batter Austin Stubbs wasted no time doubling the second pitch he saw to deep left, breaking the scoreless knot. Stubbs finished the two games going 4-for-6 with three RBI.
The single run in the sixth proved enough as Schneider retired the side in order in the seventh to secure the win and bring the Cyclones record to a lofty 39-12. SCTCC continues Region 13 tournament play with one game Friday at 2 p.m. A birth in the regional championship will be on the line.
As the sixth ranked team in the country the Cyclones are looking to make their first ever appearance in the NCJAA DIII World Series hosted in Tyler, Texas. SCTCC is hosting the Region 13 tournament in St. Cloud at both Dick Putz and Joe Faber Fields.
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