Offensive Explosion Gives Augustana A Sweep Of Concordia-St. Paul
SIOUX FALLS, SD — Augustana scored 27 runs in two wins over Concordia-St. Paul in a Sunday doubleheader. The Vikings came from behind using an eight-run inning to take game one 11-6 then hit four home runs on their way to a 16-9 win in game two.
The Vikings improve to 28-9 on the season, 15-5 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference competition and the Golden Bears slip to 25-11, 12-6 in the NSIC. Augustana has now won 13 of its past 14 games and tallied three more region wins this weekend.
Carley Pickett came on to pitch in the second inning and with 11 runs of support, she earned her fifth win of the season and third in a row.
The Golden Bears jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning on the back of a three-run home run. CU tacked one more on in the bottom of the fourth before Augustana could answer.
Jenny Brown singled and Jenelle Trautmann walked to load the bases for Emily Heinz. The freshman shortstop drilled a ball to the left field fence scoring Brown and Carly Peterson. Erin Kempf added one more run with an RBI single up the middle to score Trautmann.
The Golden Bears pushed their lead up to two 2uns, 5-3 with on in response to the Vikings’ three in the top half. Augustana then exploded for eight runs on six hits in the top of the sixth.
The first seven Vikings reached in the inning and Brown gave Augustana its first lead with a two-RBI single up the middle. Lindsay Spanton and Trautmann each followed with run-scoring single of their own, pushing the lead to 8-5.
Kempf tacked on another RBI with a single and Pickett helped her own cause with the seventh and eight runs of the inning on a single to right field. After the top half of the sixth inning, the Vikings were in control with an 11-5 lead.
Pickett shut down the Golden Bears allowing just one run on two hits over the last two innings and Augustana held on to win 11-6 in game one.
Four Vikings hit home runs as Augustana and Concordia-St. Paul combined for 28 hits in a 16-9 barnburner that Augustana won. Jenelle Trautmann earned her 23rd win of the year and tied the Augustana season record with her 18th home run this year.
The Vikings struck first in the top of the opening inning when Trautmann smashed her record-tying home run over the centerfield fence to give the Vikings a 3-0 lead. Trautmann ties the record she and Theresa McMahon set when they each hit 18 home runs during last year’s run to the NCAA Championships.
Concordia-St. Paul answered with five runs in the bottom half of the first and Augustana was faced with a deficit again. The Vikings were quick to erase the losing margin with a five-run inning of their own.
McMahon expanded her hold of the Augustana career home run record with a solo shot to lead off the second inning. The Vikings then capitalized on a two-out error by the CU third baseman and scored four unearned runs.
Chelsi Winskowski tallied two RBI with a double off the left centerfield fence and Carley Pickett continued to swing a hot bat, knocking in the fifth run of the inning to give Augustana an 8-5 lead.
The Golden Bears put one more run on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second, but Erin Kempf gave the Vikings an 11-6 lead when she took a 2-2 pitch over the fence for a three-run home run in the third inning.
CU put a dent in the Viking lead with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth, cutting their deficit to 11-8. Augustana then hit its fourth home run of the day in the sixth inning, the third three-run home run of the game for the Vikings.
Carly Peterson launched a 1-2 pitch high into the air and it carried over the leftfield fence for her first career home run and put Augustana up 14-8.
Concordia-St. Paul scored their final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth and Pickett and Peterson each tallied one more RBI each with singles in the seventh. Trautmann then closed out the game in the circle, giving Augustana a 16-9 win and doubleheader sweep of the Golden Bears.
The Vikings return to the diamond on Wednesday, April 24 to host Upper Iowa in a doubleheader with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m
Courtesy: Augustana College