On Friday night, the St. Cloud State baseball team saw their season come to an end. The Huskies suffered their second loss of the NCAA Central Regional Tournament to the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos.
The Huskies opened the Tournament with a 4-3 loss to the Bronchos that saw them watch a 3-1 9th inning lead slip through their fingers. The Huskies rebounded in game 2 against Missouri Southern State coming back from a 9-3 deficit in the 5th inning to win 10-9. Unfortunately for the Huskies, they ran out of gas in a game 3 rematch against the Bronchos.
The Bronchos jumped out to a quick lead on Cal Giese and the Huskies in the first after Philip Scott stole home on a successful double steal. The lead was short lived as Najee Gaskins belted his sixth home run of the season to tie the game. The Bronchos jumped back out to a 3-1 lead in the top of the 3rd with a pair of RBI singles. The fourth frame saw the Huskies bats come alive again as they drew within one off an RBI single by Matt Meyer. Meyer would come around to tie the game just two batters later on a Toran Shahidi double to right field. In the 6th inning, Meyer gave the Huskies their first lead of the game on another RBI single.
Shannon Ahern came on in the seventh in relief of his brother, Riley, and gave up a pair of runs costing the Huskies their first and only lead of the ball game. The Bronchos pushed across four more runs in a dominant six run 7th inning en route to their second win over the Huskies in as many days.
With the loss, the Huskies season has come to an end. They finished the year 26-8 in conference play and an overall record of 41-14-0.