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Augustana Scores 33 Runs In Crookston Sweep

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana scored 33 runs in a twinbill sweep over Minnesota Crookston on a snowy evening in Sioux Falls on Saturday. The Vikings (24-15, 12-6 NSIC) used a 13 run inning to take down the Golden Eagles (0-29, 0-16 NSIC) 22-2 in game one before using a six-run sixth inning in an 11-1 win in game two.

Augustana has now won eight straight games since April 13. The Vikings longest winning streak in school history is 12 games from March 23, 1989-April 11, 1989. 

Game one
Augustana pounded a season-high 23 hits in the opener as five players had three hits for the Vikings. Marcus O’Neill went 3-for-4 at the plate while driving in three runs. Tony Viger was 2-for-4 with four RBI, Alex Fink went 3-for-6 with three RBI and Jack Goihl was 3-for-3 while driving in three runs.

Augustana was the home team in this doubleheader as it was moved from Crookston, Minn. to Sioux Falls because of poor field conditions.

The Vikings jumped all over the Golden Eagles scoring four runs on five hits in the top of the first inning, helped by a two-run home run by Viger.

Augustana got even hotter in the top of the second inning pushing its lead to 17-0 scoring 13 runs on 12 hits. The Vikings loaded the bases with back-to-back singles and a hit by pitch before Fink singled up the middle to score two runs.

Later in the inning, Nate Hewes sent a two-RBI double to center field to score Goihl and Fink. In his second at bat of the inning, Goihl delivered a double down the left field line scoring two runs.

Minnesota Crookston got on the board in the bottom of the second inning plating two unearned runs to make the score 17-2.

Augustana added three runs in the top of the third inning and a run in each of the fourth and fifth innings, going on to win by a score of 22-2.

Jordan Milbrath improved to 6-0 on the season earning the win for the Vikings. Milbrath tossed 4.0 innings giving up just two hits and two unearned runs while striking out two batters. Eric Docken tossed 2.0 innings in relief giving up just one hit and Joran Clute tossed an inning giving up a hit.

Game two
Augustana held a 3-0 lead before opening the game up with a six-run sixth inning taking down Minnesota Crookston by the 10-run-rule 11-1 in the second game of the doubleheader.

Sam Gotham went 6.0 innings for Augustana on the bump giving up six hits and just one run while striking out six batters.

Fink went 2-for-3 in game two driving in two runs while Goihl came off the bench to go 2-for-2 with three RBI.

In the top of the first inning Augustana got on the board on an RBI single by Fink, scoring Viger who reached on an error earlier in the inning.

Minnesota Crookston’s Joe Miller held the Vikings’ hitless over the next two innings before Fink led off the top of the fourth with his second home run of the season over the right field fence.

Augustana took a 3-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning after Jake Petersen delivered a two-out triple to right center field and scored on an RBI single by O’Neill.

Minnesota Crookston pushed a run across in the bottom of the fifth inning to make it a 3-1 game when Jesse Jennings came around to score after Kye Winter over ran a ball hit to left field allowing Jennings to come around third on a single by Josh Brehmer.

Augustana then went off for six runs on five hits in the top of the sixth inning to push its lead to 9-1. Viger led off the inning with a double to left field and came around to score on a single by Hewes. Zach Dibble later delivered a double to right center field to score two runs before Petersen sent a single to left field scoring two more runs for the Vikings.

Goihl put the game away in the top of the seventh inning getting a two-out double to left center field scoring two runs and setting the game up for the 10-run-rule to come into effect.

Minnesota Crookston was able to load the bases with two outs in the inning but Cole Jenkins slammed the door shut to give the Vikings the win.

Augustana and Minnesota Crookston will conclude the four game series with a doubleheader beginning at noon tomorrow at Karras Park Home of Ronken Field.     


-Courtesy Augustana Athletics

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