Hoeft pitches four-hit, shutout in Mudcats win

PRINCETON-Nate Hoeft pitched a four-hit shutout to lead the Marshall Mudcats to a 1-0 victory over River Falls on Friday in Day 1 of the Princeton Classic.

Hoeft finished the game with two strikeouts and one walk in his seven innings of work.

The Mudcats also finished the game with just four hits, but the deciding run of the game came in the first inning when Derek Rasmussen drove in Scott Buss on a two-out double.

With the win, the Mudcats advance to the semifinal round. They will play against the winner of Princeton vs. Cloquet tonight. First pitch is set for 8 p.m.

While the Mudcats only needed four hits to get the win, manager Mitch Maxwell knows that this is a positive that can spawn from strong starting pitching and solid defense.

“The defense played really well,” Maxwell said. “It’s good to know that you have Nate out there pitching. The defense was able to make plays because Nate was pitching to contact.”

As far as the upcoming matchup against Cloquet, the teams are going to go in somewhat blind.

Teams in this tournament are a good distance away from Marshall, so scouting is at a premium.

“Yout watch them play for a little bit after your game, but that’s eally it,” Maxwell said. “It’s more like true baseball that way.”

Marshall 1, River Falls 0

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HITTING: Marshall (Nate Hoeft 1-for-3; Derek Rasmussen 1-for-3, double, RBI; Mason Campion 1-for-3; Brad Bahlmann 1-for-3); River Falls (Jon Krueger 2-for-3, double; Kyle Duey 1-for-3; Jake Halling 1-for-3).

PITCHING (IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO): Marshall (Nate Hoeft 7-4-0-0-1-2); River Falls (Kyle Duey 7-4-1-1-3-5).