MINOT, N.D. – Augustana baseball had its 11-game winning streak come to an end on Tuesday, picking up a split with Minot State in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play.
The Vikings record now sits at 32-11 (22-5 NSIC) on the seaso, while the Beavers are now 11-21 (5-13 NSIC) after the split.
Augustana dropped game one 9-8 in eigth innings, before rebounding with a 13-3 win in game two of the twinbill.
The Vikings had their 11-game winning streak snapped by some late-game heroics by the Beavers, who won 9-8 in extra innings.
Jack Goihl led the Vikings by going 2 for 4 with a RBI. Goihl also hit his eighth homer on the season in the loss.
Brian Duxbury hit his fourth homerun of the year, a solo shot in the top of the second, in the game.
Lincoln Voss (0-1) was handed his first loss of the year, after coming in the bottom of the eighth inning in relief of Derek Quame. Voss didn't have it going, giving up two runs on four hits.
Augustana jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an error by the Beavers with Alex Fink at the plate that allowed Marcus O'Neill to score from second base with one out.
Minot State answered back in the bottom half of the first, tying the game with a sac fly to right that brought in the runner from second, who led off with a double to start the inning for the Beavers.
Duxbury broke tie game with a leadoff homerun in the top of the second inning to give the Vikings a 2-1 lead.
A four-run inning in the top of the third to push Augustana's lead to five. The Vikings got their four runs on four hits. Jacob James' two-RBI single to left field was the key play in the big inning for Augustana. Zach Dibble immediately followed James' key hit with a single to left that drove in a run as well, making it 6-1.
Minot State fought its back into the game in the bottom of the third, getting four runs across the plate to cut the Viking lead to one at 6-5. Connor Oliver, who started the game at pitcher for the Beavers, hit a two-RBI single with no outs to left center to make it a game. Connor Moughtin followed suit three batters later with a two-RBI double to the same part of the ballpark.
Quame came in the bottom of the fifth for relief of Kye Winter. Quame worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam by striking out Ricco Walker for the third and final out, keeping Augustana up 6-5 after five.
The Vikings added a run in the top of the seventh inning after Winter got on base by being hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. The Willow Lake, S.D. advanced to second base on a wild pitch as was driven home by Josh Benson's single that got through the right side of the infield.
Moughtin provided some late-game heroics for the Beavers in the bottom of the seventh with a two-out two-run dinger to left field that tied the game up at 7-7 and forced extra innings.
In the top of the eighth, Goihl came up big for Augustana, hitting a two-out solo shot to put the Vikings up 8-7. It was Goihl's eighth homerun on the year.
Minot State took game one in the bottom half of the eight, getting two runs on Voss, who was in to pitch. The Beavers' Oliver delivered the game-winning hit with bases loaded to give Minot State a 9-8 victory.
Augustana bounced back with a fury in game two, getting the win and the 13-3.
Viger had his best game of the year at the plate, going 4 for 5 with a career highs in both runs scored (4) and RBI (6). The reigning NSIC Player of the Week also hit his ninth homerun on the season in the top of the seventh inning.
Cole Jenkins (4-1) picked up his fourth win on the year. Jenkins went four innings, giving up three runs on five hits and finishing with one strikeout and no walks.
Winter had great day batting for the Vikings with a 3-for-4 performance that included three RBI and two runs scored in the victory.
Jake Petersen pushed his hitting streak to 24 games with his lone hit in the contest.
The Vikings got four runs in the top of the first, capped off by Winter scoring from third base due to a balk by Minot State's Jesse Goertzen. Augustana also had four hits in the inning.
The Beavers got one run in the bottom half of the first inning on Moughtin's single to center field that drove in a run, cutting Augustana's lead to three at 4-1.
Goihl's single up the middle to score Viger from second base in the top of the second made it a 7-1 ballgame in favor of Augustana. The Vikings had its three runs come on three hits.
Viger blew the game open in the top of the third, getting his fourth and fifth RBI with his second double of the game that gave Augustana an eight-run lead in the game. The five RBI tied a career high for the Sioux Falls, S.D. native
Minot State added two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, cutting the Viking lead to seven at 10-3 after Sean Arbaut doubled right center field to score two runners.
Augustana tacked on two runs in the top of the sixth, highlighted by Winter hitting a leadoff solo shot, his fourth of the year, to start off the inning for the Vikings.
Viger made it a double-digit lead for Augustana at 13-3 with his homerun in the top of the seventh. The senior third baseman also set a new career high in RBI, getting his sixth of the game on the long ball. For the former O'Gorman high school standout, it was his ninth homer on the year.
The Vikings would go on to win 13-3.
Courtesy: Augustana Chris Smith