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CBB: Augie Takes Advantage Of Extra Home Games

April 18, 2014, 9:13 PM

CBB: Augie Takes Advantage Of Extra Home Games

Augustana baseball rallied in both games but got the first two games of the four-game series against Southwest Minnesota State in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play on Saturday. With the two wins the Vikings pushed their winning streak to nine games.
Augustana improved its record to 29-10 (19-4 NSIC) with the two wins, while the Mustangs dropped to 17-16 (8-9 NSIC) on the year.
The Vikings took game one 8-5 in seven innings and game two 16-5 in eight innings.
Game One
The Vikings used some rally magic to overcome a 4-0 deficit early to come out on top 8-5 in game one of the NSIC doubleheader.
Tyson Gau (6-2) recorded his sixth win of the year in the victory. Gau didn't have his sharpest outing but still finished at 5.2 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits. The senior right-hander did have three strikeouts in the game for the Augustana.
Tony Viger delivered the key play of the game for the Vikings, a two-run homerun in the top of the fourth inning to get Augustana on the scoreboard and make it 4-2 SMSU.
Alex Fink went 3 for 4 at the plate and drove in two runs and scored a run.
Winter was the third Viking with at least two hits and two RBI with a 2-for-4 performance in the game.
Derek Quame picked up his sixth save of the year after coming in the bottom of sixth in relief of Gau. Quame went 1.1 innings and gave up no runs on no hits.
Southwest Minnesota State jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one after Austin Stubbs hit his first homerun of the game with a three-run bomb to right center. It was Stubbs second homer of the season.
Augustana began its comeback in the top of the fourth inning, scoring four runs on three hits to tie the game up at 4-4. Viger's two-run homerun highlighted the inning for the Vikings. For the Sioux Falls, S.D. native, it was his sixth homerun on the season.
Fink's single to center field that scored Viger capped off a two-run inning for Augustana in the top of the fifth as the Vikings took their first lead at 6-4.
The Mustangs got one run in the bottom of the sixth after Sam Haas smashed his second homerun on the year to make it a 6-5 game in favor of Augustana.
The Vikings put the game away in the top of the seventh inning with two runs to push their lead to three at 8-5. Fink's single through the left side of the infield that scored Jake Petersen from third base highlighted the big inning for Augustana.
Quame shut down SMSU in the bottom half of the seventh to give the Vikings the win. The senior right-hander used a quick 1-2-3 inning to give Augustana the win.
Game Two
The Vikings for the second straight game had to get a 16-5 win and complete the sweep of Southwest Minnesota State in the twin bill in the nightcap.
The Vikings finished with a season-high 19 hits in the ballgame, and also tied a season high with 16 runs scored in the contest.
Viger completed his big day with another key homerun in game two, part of a 3-for-5 effort at the plate. The Sioux Falls, S.D. native now has seven homeruns on the year. Viger also had three RBI in the win and three runs scored.
Petersen pushed his hitting streak to 20 games with a 1-for-4 day in the batter's box.
Kye Winter continued had an explosive outing, going 2 for 3 with RBI and two runs scored. Winter also crushed his third homer on the year with a blast in the top of the sixth inning.
Jack Goihl picked up his sixth game of at least three hits, going 3 for 4 with an RBI.
Michael Letkewicz (6-1) got his sixth win on the year with the start. Letkewicz went seven full innings, giving up five run, three earned, on five hits. The sophomore from Waterloo, Iowa also had six strikeouts to one walk in the game.
SMSU jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings largely in part of Stubbs hitting his third homerun of the day for Southwest Minnesota State in the bottom of the first inning, a two-run blast to right center.
Again Augustana responded to begin down early, this time with Winter sending a two-run shot over the right field wall to tie the game up at 3-3 in the top of the third.
Viger put the Vikings in front for good with his two-run shot to right field in the top of the sixth inning, giving Augustana the 6-5 lead. The Vikings never looked back after that.
Augustana put the game out of reach with a nine-run inning in the top of the eighth. The Vikings got their nine runs on seven hits. Fink's single to left that scored Viger and Petersen was the finale of the monstrous inning at the plate for Augustana.
The Mustangs couldn't come up with anything in the bottom of the eighth, getting three quick outs to give the Vikings the 16-5 win and sweep of the games in Sioux Falls.
Augustana travels to Marshall, Minn. to take on Southwest Minnesota State for the final two games of the four-game series on Saturday. First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m.

Courtesy: Chris Smith, Assistant Sports Information Director, Augustana College

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