Starting pitcher Carson Rudd did all he could to keep the team in the game on Friday, but the Eau Claire Express gave up six runs in the eighth and managed just one hit on the night in a 9-0 loss to the Mankato MoonDogs in Northwoods League action at Carson Park.
Rudd, a Stanford product, threw seven innings and gave up four hits, three runs with just one being earned, walked two and struck out nine. The Express bullpen allowed six additional runs to score in the eighth inning.
It didn’t matter much though. Eau Claire struggled to get anything going offensively and struck out 10 times in the contest. Mankato starter Nathan Hickey threw seven innings and struck out eight batters.
David LaManna got the only hit for Eau Claire.
The Express return to action tonight against the St. Cloud Rox in a two-game series that will conclude the regular season. First pitch for tonight’s contest is set for 6:35 p.m.
In other news …
— The Eau Claire Memorial girls golf team took second behind New Richmond in Division 1 at the season-opening Barron Scramble on Friday at Rolling Oaks Golf Course. Eau Claire North was fifth. In Division 2, Colfax was second, one shot back of Ellsworth.
— The Stanley Slammers fell 10-0 to the Wausau Riverhawks on Friday in the opening game of the WBA playoffs in Stanley. Ian Lagasse had a pair of hits for the Slammers, while Mike Doescher homered for the Riverhawks.