Sioux Falls, SD
Augustana baseball put on a dominant display on the mound on Saturday, getting two shutout wins against Minnesota Crookston in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action at Karras Park Home of Ronken Field. Seniors Kye Winter and Bennett Johnson each picked up wins on Senior Day with their shutout performances.
The Vikings improved their record to 15-7 (5-1 NSIC) on the year with the wins, while the Golden Eagles dropped to 1-17 (0-5 NSIC).
Winter (3-0) notched his second-straight complete game in the 10-0 shutout win for Augustana. Winter went the full seven innings for the Vikings while pitching a two-hit gem. The senior from Willow Lake, S.D. also struck out eight batters in the victory.
Alex Fink had a productive game, going 2 for 4 with three RBI while also scoring a run.
Marcus O'Neill, Zach Dibble, and Jacob James each drove in two RBI in the win for the Vikings.
Tony Viger went 1 for 3, with his lone hit being a triple to right center, his first on the season.
Augustana broke open a scoreless game in the bottom of the third inning by getting three runs on three hits. Fink's two-out double to right center that scored Viger from third base capped off the inning for the Vikings.
Augustana put the game of the reach in the bottom of the fourth, scoring four runs to make it 7-0 in the contest. Vikings got things going with a Dibble single up the middle that scored Jake Petersen from third base. James would immediately follow with a two-RBI single that went through the middle of the infield. James scored one batter later on an O'Neill double to right center.
A two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning by Fink gave the Vikings the double-digit lead at 10-0. Fink's blast over the right field wall was the first on the year for him.
Winter closed this one out an inning later with a 1-2-3 inning of Minnesota Crookston. The senior got Rob Smothers to ground out to second for the first out. Winter then struck out Colton Haight and Tony Madsen to end game, giving Augustana the win.
Johnson (3-2) got his third victory of 2014 in a 13-0 Vikings' win in game two of the doubleheader. The Minneapolis, Minn. native recorded a season-high eight strikeouts on the day.
Augustana set a new season high with 18 hits, which included a season-high six doubles in the win.
Viger set a new career-high in hits, going a perfect 4 for 4 for the Vikings. The former O'Gorman High School standout also scored three runs and drove in one RBI.
Viger's multi-hit game was part of a Vikings' offensive that saw a total of six player have at least two-or-more hits in the game.
Fink upped his RBI total on the year to 25 after another 2 for 4 performance with three RBI in the win.
O'Neill had another solid outing in game two, going 2 for 4 while driving and scoring runs for Augustana.
Vikings jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning after O'Neill scored from third on a Fink ground out to second base.
A five-run inning in the bottom of the second turned out to be the game breaker in game two, as Augustana took command with a 6-0 lead. Viger's double – his 14th on the year, one off his career high – that scored O'Neill from first base highlighted the inning that saw the Vikings get five runs on five hits.
Augustana scored two runs in both the bottom of the third and fourth innings, pushing its lead to 10. Petersen and T.J. Davis each picked up an RBI in third inning, while Fink and Jack Goihl got theirs in the fourth.
Vikings scored three runs late, making 13-0 in the bottom of the sixth. Brian Duxbury got things going with a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Viger. Trevor Sandgren doubled through the right side one batter later to score Goihl from second base. Dibble finished off the three-run inning with a two-out single that scored Brendan Koistinen.
Chad Becker came in for Johnson in the top of the seventh to seal the win for the Vikings. Becker pitched a hitless inning and recorded one strikeout in his outing.
Courtesy: Chris Smith, Assistant Sports Information Director, Augustana College