SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – No. 13 Augustana College softball got a one-hit pitching performance in game one and secured two shutouts as the Vikings downed Southwest Minnesota State 7-0 and 6-0 on Tuesday afternoon at Bowden Field.
Jenelle Trautmann held SMSU to just one hit over six innings while matching her season-high with nine strikeouts to improve to 21-3 after a game-one win. In game two, Trautmann blasted her seventh home run of the season to give her 43 for her career tying Theresa McMahon for the career record at Augustana.
Augustana scored seven runs on eight hits in game one, using a four-run second inning to gain a big lead over the Mustangs. Lindsay Spanton blasted her fifth home run of the season in a 1 for 2 performance at the plate. Jordan Schaffer and Sarah Kennedy each picked up two hits in the game for the Vikings.
The Vikings put up four runs on three hits in the bottom of the second inning to go in front 4-0 over SMSU. Spanton led off the inning with a walk and Erin Kempf got on base in the next at bat on fielder's choice. Emily Heinz moved both runners up with a sacrifice bunt and Schaffer delivered a two-RBI single up the middle to score the first two runs.
Schaffer then moved up to second on a wild pitch before Carly Peterson singled to move her up to third setting up Caitlin Nichol who drove in the run on a groundout to the shortstop. Mackenzie Alstott drove in the fourth run on an infield single to give the Vikings a four-run cushion.
Spanton led off the bottom of the third with a solo shot to right field to push Augustana's lead to 5-0 while Trautmann held the Mustangs hitless through three innings.
SMSU got its lone hit of the game with a leadoff single in the top of the fourth inning but would not get the runner past first base in the inning. Trautmann has now thrown a one-hitter in her last two starts for the Vikings.
Peterson and Nichol got back-to-back singles to start the bottom of the fourth inning and both came around to score when Alstott reached on a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt attempt to put the Vikings in front 7-0.
Kennedy and Schaffer led the Vikings in game two at the plate, both picking up two hits for the Vikings. Schaffer finished 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBI.
Carley Pickett (10-4) picked up her 10th win of the season going six strong innings striking out four and allowing four hits.
SMSU threatened in the top of the first inning getting two hits and a hit batter but Pickett got out of the jam to leave the bases loaded.
After a scoreless first inning, Augustana took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Schaffer to score Spanton who led off the inning with a walk. The Vikings went ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning when Spanton drove in a run with a single to score Kennedy.
Augustana extended its lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the sixth after Schaffer blasted her ninth home run of the season, a two-run shot to right field. Trautmann's 43rd career and seventh home run of the season, a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth gave the Vikings a 6-0 lead. Karlee Koopman came into the game in the top of the seventh and set the Mustangs down in order to secure the 33rd win of the season for the Vikings.
Augustana will play its final home games of the regular season this weekend hosting Concordia-St. Paul and Minnesota State on Friday and Saturday. First pitch for both games is set for 12 p.m. at Bowden Field.
Courtesy: Augustana Tim Evans