DENVER, Colo. (AUGUSTANA) – Following a three-hour lightning delay – and then another 90-minute delay in the second inning – the Augustana softball team dropped a 7-2 decision to Texas A&M Kingsville in the opening round of the NCAA DII Championship Series.
The Vikings (59-11) now trail the best-of-three series 1-0. Augustana will need a pair of wins on Monday to claim the DII national title. Monday’s first game is set for 3 p.m (CT). Game three will take place 30 minutes after game two.
Augustana head coach Gretta Melsted is looking forward to Monday’s action.
“I told our team, have a short memory,” Melsted said. “Change your mindset. Monday is just another day of softball.”
Moments that mattered:
Augustana started the scoring with a pair of solo home runs. They lead all teams at the DII Championship with six home runs.
Samantha Eisenreich hit her first home run of the tournament in the second, a solo shot to straight center.
For the second-straight game, Kendall Cornick also hit a home run – a solo shot in the third.
The loss is the first of the championship for the Vikings, and just the 11th all year.
For the fourth straight game, Augustana started the scoring. On the second at-bat following the second rain delay, senior Samantha Eisenreich stepped in a blasted a solo home run to straight-away center. At nearly 11 p.m. local time, the Vikings had built a 1-0 lead.
The Javelinas came back to tie the game with an RBI single, knotting the game at 1-1 going into the bottom of the third. However, the power of the Viking long ball struck again in their next at-bat.
Kendall Cornick turned on a 2-2 pitch and deposited it over the fence in left-center. The Junior has now homered in back-to-back games, and tonight, gave the Vikings a 2-1 lead.
Moving past midnight, Augustana and A&M Kingsville played into the fourth. Mickschl pitched strong, collected two strikeouts and not allowing another run.
Mickschl returned to the mound in the fifth and collected a pair of ground outs to get out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam. However, Texas A&M Kingsville responded in the top of the sixth, scoring six runs on seven hits, and taking control with a 7-2 lead.
Augustana saw two runners reach in the sixth, but couldn’t convert on the opportunity. The Vikings went down 1-2-3 in the seventh.