Augustana baseball used a late rally in the top of the eighth inning in game two of a doubleheader to erase a six-run deficit and complete the three-game sweep of Lindenwood on Sunday. The Vikings won 11-5 in game one and 15-11 in game two pushing their win streak to four.
Augustana improved to 4-3 on the season with the two wins, while the Lions fell to 2-3.
Tony Viger finished the doubleheader going 6 for 8 (.750) with four doubles, two RBI, and four runs scored.
Jake Petersen drove in five runs in two games on Sunday and hit his first homerun of the season.
Bennett Johnson (1-1) recorded his first win this season in the game one victory. Johnson picked up the win in relief duties, throwing 3.2 innings and allowing no runs on just four hits.
Michael Willman (1-0) notched his first victory of the season in a relief appearance in game two of the doubleheader.
Jack Goihl and Petersen provided the firepower for Augustana, combining to go 4 for 8 with seven RBI and two homeruns.
Viger continued to swing a hot bat with a 3 for 3 performance that included two doubles, upping his total to five through six games for the senior. Viger also scored two runs for the Vikings.
Lindenwood jumped out to an early 2-0 in the top of the first after Mike Failoni homered off Kye Winter with one out in the inning.
Augustana answered quickly in its first time up at the plate, scoring on a sac bunt by Goihl with one out that drove in Petersen after he doubled to start the inning, cutting the Lion lead to 2-1.
Lindenwood got its biggest at lead of the game at 5-1 on a Kyle Leslie single to left field that drove in Failoni from second with two outs in the top of the third.
The Vikings would get one run back in the bottom of the third, after Goihl's single to right field that brought in Viger, who doubled to left field with two outs, cut the Lions lead to three.
Johnson worked out a jam in the top of the fourth with Lindenwood threating to score with runners on the corners with a fielder's choice at second base for the third out to end the inning.
Augustana's offense came to life in the bottom of the fifth, using a nine-run inning to put the game out of reach.
Marcus O'Neill got things rolling with a two-out single to right. A Viger single to center field in the next at bat advanced O'Neill, who then proceeded to steal home. Goihl then sent a bombing blast over left field, tying the game up at 5-5.
After Alex Fink got on base after being hit by a pitch, Winter drove him in with a double to right, giving the Vikings their first lead at 6-5.
Petersen would cap off the high-scoring inning with a homerun to left field that scored three runs, putting Augustana up 11-5.
The Vikings' pitching staff would take control from there, with Johnson striking out the final two batters for the Lions to end the sixth and close out his day on the bump.
Dalton Homeier took the mound in the final inning, getting Ryan Light to hit into a double play, then getting Nick Kolley to fly out to end the game.
Lindenwood started fast, going up 2-0 after Nathan Prindle's sac bunt scored the runner on third base.
Ryan Hamiltion, making his second start this year, worked out of bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the second to keep the Lions from scoring. Hamilton got Jerry Roam looking on a strikeout for the second out. The Spearfish, S.D. native got Failoni to fly out to center to end the inning.
A Goihl single with no outs got Augustana going to start the fourth. Winter proceeded to double to center field and scored the junior from Robbinsdale, Minn., putting the Vikings on the scoreboard at 2-1. Brian Duxbury followed up with his own double, scoring Winter and tying the game up. Duxbury scored shortly after, stealing third then scoring after a throwing error by the catcher, giving Augustana its first lead of the ballgame.
The Lions retook the lead at 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth after Light's sac fly scored Prindle on third.
The Vikings responded with two runs in the sixth. Josh Benson's double to right field drove in Winter to tie the game up. Augustana retook the lead the very next batter, as Zach Dibble reached base on an error, allowing for Benson to score from second and put the score at 5-4.
Lindenwood tried to bust the game open in the bottom of the seventh with a six-run inning. Kolley's single to center field capped of the big inning by driving in two and giving the Lions their biggest lead of the contest at 11-5.
The Vikings' late rally began in the top of the eighth after Fink singled to right field to open things up. Back-to-back walks to Bryce Berg and Benson loaded the bases up for Petersen, who singled to score Fink. After a quick pitching change, O'Neill kept the rally going with a RBI-scoring single to left field. The Lions then walked the next two batters to give Augustana two more runs, cutting the Lindenwood lead to two at 11-9 with only one out in the inning.
Lindenwood would make another pitching change hoping to stop the run, but the momentum was already on the Vikings side. Winter would drive in a run on a sac fly that scored O'Neill. Fink, up for a second time in the inning, finally gave Augustana the lead at 12-11 after a single to center field drove in two runs.
The Vikings put up three more runs in the top of the ninth, pushing their lead out to 15-11 after Dibble scored on an O'Neill single to the shortstop that resulted in an error. Viger's double to left field brought in O'Neill. Viger scored after on two wild pitches that allowed him to advance to third then home.
Derek Quame took the mound to replace Willman in the bottom of the ninth and made quick work of the Lions. Quame walked the first batter he faced, then got a fielder's choice for the first out, and ended the game with a double-play ball that Augustana converted for the victory.
Courtesy: Tim Evans, Sports Information Director, Augustana College