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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Jenelle Trautmann's big first game was spoiled by a walk-off win from Northern State as the two teams split on Friday afternoon.  The Vikings took game one 3-1 behind Trautmann's two home runs and one-hitter, but lost game two 4-3 on a wild pitch walk off.  Augustana now sits at 13-6 with a 2-2 mark in NSIC action and the Wolves remain at .500 with an 11-11 overall record but a 3-1 record in NSIC play.

GAME ONE
Trautmann carried a no-hitter into the bottom of the seventh, but Morgan Schultz double to left-center broke up Trautmann’s bid for her second career no-no.  The sophomore pitcher/utility helped her own cause by tallying all three runs batted with two solo home runs and a sacrifice fly. Trautmann’s record improved to 12-3 with this dominating win.
 
Jenny Brown continued her hitting streak with a pair of hits, including a single up the middle in the top of the first.  Trautmann led the way with three hits while Brown and Winscowski contributed a pair of base knocks as well.
 
The Vikings broke a scoreless tie in the first when Carly Peterson singled and Brown reached on a bunt single to the pitcher.  Lindsay Spanton drew a walk to load the bases for Trautmann who hit a ball deep enough to left field to score Peterson.
 
Trautmann knocked in a couple insurance runs with two opposite field home runs in the fifth and seventh innings.
 
Trautmann had retired 18 of the first 20 batters of the game and the only runners reached on walks. Northern State’s Schultz hit a ball to left centerfield to break up the no hitter.  Schultz scored to break the shutout on a groundout to short stop.  Trautmann finished off the Wolves comeback attempt with a lineout to shortstop.

GAME TWO
Jenelle Trautmann’s wild pitch scored Kelsey Robling in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Northern State a 4-3 win.  Trautmann was saddled with the loss after relieving starter Carley Pickett in the fifth inning.
 
Five Vikings tallied on hit each, but Jenny Brown’s 20-game hitting streak was snapped by the Northern State pitching staff. 
 
The Vikings scored quickly with two runs in the first inning.  Brown replaced McMahon on first base from a fielder’s choice and was moved to third on a double by Lindsay Spanton. 
 
Jordan Schaffer dropped a beauty of a bunt and scored Brown from third and reached first safely.  Erin Kempf drove in Spanton with a groundout to third base and Augustana was up 2-0 early.
 
After a scoreless NSU half, the Vikings tacked on one more run to their tally.  Brittany Coufal walked and Maddie Merriam singled to lead off the inning.  Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and Coufal was driven in by McMahon on a groundout to shortstop, but that was the last run the Vikings would score all game.
 
Pickett had scattered two hits in her first three innings of work, including working out of a bases loaded jam in the first inning.  The freshman hurler wouldn’t be as fortunate in the fourth inning. 
 
The leadoff runner struck out but reached on a dropped third strike.  Two more runners reached to load the bases with nobody out.  Haley Covais drilled a ball to the base of the fence for a two-run double.  Pickett hit the next batter and eventually walked in the tying run to make it a 3-3 game at the end of the fourth.
 
Neither team was able to score for the next two and a half innings, but Northern State would be able to break through. A seventh-inning leadoff single sparked the comeback for the Wolves.
 
Merriam compounded the singled with an error on a fielder’s choice throw from Trautmann to have both runners reach safely.  A sacrifice bunt moved the runners into scoring position and Trautmann surrendered a 3-2 walk to the next batter.  On the second pitch of the next at bat, Trautmann’s wild pitch allowed Robling to score from third and win the game 4-3 for NSU.
 
The Vikings resume NSIC action with a doubleheader against MSU Moorhead tomorrow at noon on Bowden Field.


-Courtesy Augustana Athletics

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