The weather has been everything, but favorable for the college baseball season. However they have been heating up at home.
At 18-8 on the year the Vikings are climbing the ranks of the NSIC thanks to several standout performers. Tyson Gau just picked up his school record 21st career win, Tony Viger leads the nation in doubles, and Michael Letkewicz is among the best in the country on the bump.
"I think we have had a lot of individual success, especially some guys at the top of the lineup. They're stats are starting to standout a little bit more right now. We hope that can continue as we get into the meat of the conference schedule," Augustana Manager Tim Huber said.
"We just try to go out and put our team in the best position to win. That is our motto and goal every game," Vikings Pitcher Tyson Gau said.
Augie is 11-2 at home this spring. Last year they were trying to figure out their state of the art turf infield. This season they are using it as the ultimate home field advantage.
"We've gotten a lot more adjusted finally," Vikings Third Baseman Tony Viger said. "If it got rainy or a little wet we we're sliding past the bags, now we're sliding for fun because we are used to it and we love it."
"We're definitely seeing that it helps," Huber said. "At times, especially earlier in the season if the field is a little frozen it is a little bouncier. It plays pretty true when it's not frozen, but we have had some cold weather games and our guys can tell the ball is going to bounce a little more because we are used to it. All in all it's the same for both teams, but I guess it helps being on it every day."
Another thing that helps is having a talented senior class that is confident that this is their year.
"I have been here for four years and I feel this is the best team we have," Viger said. "We have really come together and I think we have a chance to go all the way here."
"I think this year's team will give us in the best opportunity to do so. A conference championship, going to Regionals, and hopefully a College World Series berth would be pretty cool," Gau said.
The Vikings will have their hands full this weekend, as third-ranked MSU-Mankato comes to Sioux Falls. Game one of the four game series is scheduled for Saturday at 3:00.