Augusana baseball used some big performances by its seniors on Sunday to get the split with No. 3 Minnesota State in a doubleheader in Northern Sun intercollegiate Conference action. The two teams split the four-game series with two wins apiece over the weekend.
The Vikings' record now stands at 20-10 (10-4 NSIC) on the year, while the Mavericks are now 23-6 (11-3 NSIC) in 2014.
Augustana took game one 6-3 after Tyson Gau had held MSU scoreless through the first six innings of play.
Minnesota State bounced and won game two of the twin bill 10-9 in extra innings.
Gau (4-2) pitched a beauty in picking up his fourth win of the year, going 3.1 innings before giving up a hit to end the perfect game bid. The senior from Alexandria, S.D. went 6.2 innings on the day, finishing up allowing three runs on four hits with three punchouts in the win.
Tony Viger continued to swing a hot bat in the series, going 3 for 4 with three RBI.
Marcus O'Neill recorded his eighth double with his lone, but timely, hit to drive in three runs for the day.
Kye Winter had it going on the bases, stealing two bases to go along with a 2-for-3 day at the plate.
The Vikings got two runs in the bottom of the third inning to take the early lead. Bryce Berg and Jacob James each got on with singles then were brought home by a Viger single to second base with two outs to make it 2-0 Augustana.
Gau finally had has perfect game bid taken away in the top of the fourth after Todd Standish singled through the right side of the infield. Standish's single snapped a streak of 10 straight batters that Gau had retired.
Augustana put this one to bed with a four-run explosion in the bottom half of the sixth inning. Viger's single to left field that scored O'Neill from third base made it 6-0 and capped off the big inning for the Vikings.
The Mavericks tried to get a late-game rally going in the top of the seventh after Stetson Olsen hit a homerun down the left field line to make it 6-3. Gau recovered after the big blast, striking out Eric Peterson five pitches to give Augustana the win.
Minnesota State took advantage of a costly error by the Vikings in the top of the 11th to score what turned out to be the game-winning run, giving them a 10-9 win in the second game of the NSIC doubleheader.
Viger finished the game with two hits in six at-bats. The Sioux Falls, S.D. native also drove in three runs and blasted his fifth homer of the year in the loss.
Jack Goihl smacked his sixth home run of the year in the top of the 11th. Goihl went 4 for 6 with one RBI and three runs scored for the Vikings.
Bennett Johnson got the start, but struggled, going just 2.2 innings before being relieved by Troy Pilkington. Johnson gave up three runs on five hits while on the mound.
Ryan Hamilton (1-1) was credited with his first loss of the year. Hamilton went the final two innings for Augustana, allowing no earned runs on two hits and striking out three.
The game was all tied up two after the first inning. The Vikings got both two runs on one hit in the bottom of the first inning.
Viger's two-run shot to left center in the bottom of the fourth made it 5-3 Augustana. The Former O'Gorman standout got ahold of a 0-1 pitch and crushed it over the wall that scored himself and O'Neill, who tripled in the previous at-bat.
MSU took a 6-5 lead in the top of the seventh inning after Connor McCallum's single to centerfield drove in Taylor Branstad and Max Waletich from second and third.
Things got interesting in the top of the ninth when Minnesota State was able to score two runs to hold a 8-6 lead late in the game. Parker Sullivan capped off the inning getting on first base after a throwing error by Zach Dibble allowed Hunter Harnisch to score from third base.
The Vikings answered in the bottom of the ninth, getting two runs to tie the game up. Winter's double down the right field line brought in Goihl. Winter then scored from third base shortly after on a wild pitch by the Mavericks' Matt Geislinger.
Costly errors by Augustana in the top of the 11th allowed for MSU to get two across home plate and make it 10-8. Both runs by Minnesota State were unearned in the inning.
Vikings had one last chance it the bottom of the 11th, starting with Goihl's leadoff homer to right center to make it 10-9. Winter immediately followed with a single through the left side. Hamilton then fouled out on a sac bunt attempt. T.J. Davis would reach first base on a fielder's choice for the second out. Alex Beals would pop out for the third and final out of the game, giving the Mavericks the win.
Courtesy: Chris Smith, Assistant Sports Information Director, Augustana College
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