SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – No. 13 Augustana College softball split a doubleheader with the University of Sioux Falls (22-8, 10-4) on Wednesday afternoon at Sherman Park. The Vikings (28-7, 11-3 NSIC) won the opener 3-2 on a game-winning hit by Jordan Schaffer in the sixth inning before losing the nightcap 9-0.
The five-inning loss by run-rule in game two marked the first time since April 20, 2009 that Augustana has been eight-runned by an opponent. The loss also marks Augustana's first to USF since 1978 and only the second in the 17-game series.
Jordan Schaffer's two-out RBI single in the top of the sixth inning gave Augustana a 3-2 lead and Carley Pickett slammed the door shut for her seventh save of the season to give the Vikings a 3-2 win in game one.
Schaffer had struck out her two previous at bats but came up in the clutch with her game-winning hit. Jenelle Trautmann gave the Vikings a boost with a monster home run in the top of the fourth inning to give Augustana an early 2-0 lead.
Trautmann finished the game 1 for 3 with a home run and a walk while driving in two runs. She also picked up her 19th win of the season to improve to 19-2 striking out six batters in five innings of work. Carley Pickett pitched the final two innings for Augustana getting out of a big jam in the sixth and slamming the door shut in the seventh.
Pickett entered the game ranked second in the nation in saves and after earning her seventh, she is tied for the national lead.
USF finished with five hits in the game, led by Bailey Bouman who was 2 for 3 with a run scored. Amanda Walters (14-4) was tagged with the loss after giving up all three runs on seven hits.
After four innings of scoreless softball, Augustana took the first lead of the game on a two-run shot by Trautmann. Mackenzie Alstott led off the fourth with a single up the middle and two batters later came around to score on Trautmann's 41st career home run. She is now two home runs shy of tying the career record.
USF responded with two runs of its own in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 2-2 after a one-out double by Bouman.
Both teams got a runner on with a hit in the fifth inning but no further damage would be done. Trautmann started the sixth inning with a walk for the Vikings before being lifted for a pinch runner, Emily Heinz. Lindsay Spanton moved Heinz up to second with a sacrifice bunt and after another out was recorded Carly Peterson walked to put runners on first and second with two outs.
Schaffer then stepped to the plate and singled to right field to drive in Heinz, the eventual game-winning run to give the Vikings a 3-2 lead. Pickett came into the circle in the sixth inning and after giving up a hit and a runner getting on base on a fielder's choice, stranded runners on second and third to end USF's threat.
Pickett then set the Cougars down in order in the bottom of the seventh inning to secure her seventh save of the season.
USF used a five-run first inning in game two to build a big lead over the Vikings. The Cougars pounded out eight hits in the contest and the Vikings were unable to get a runner past second base.
The Cougars were led offensively by Taylor Jonas who went 2 for 2 with three RBI. Kellen Dewey was 1 for 2 with three RBI as well for USF.
Caitlin Nichol and Lindsay Spanton accounted for four of Augustana's five hits. Nichol was 2 for 3 with two singles and Spanton was 2 for 2 with a double.
Pickett was tagged with the loss for Augustana allowing eight runs on six hits over two innings falling to 7-4 on the year. Bouman picked up the win for USF improving to 7-3 going five innings while allowing five hits and striking out two batters.
The Vikings got two hits in the top of the first inning but a double play ended the Vikings' threat and opened the door for USF to go for five runs on four hits and two errors in the bottom half of the first inning taking a 5-0 lead.
Augustana got a hit in each of the second and third innings but were unable to get a runner past second base and USF poured on four more runs in the bottom of the third to push its lead to 9-0.
Augustana is scheduled to take on St. Cloud State at noon on Saturday in St. Cloud, Minn. and Minnesota Duluth on Sunday at noon in Duluth.
Courtesy: Augustana Chris Smith