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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Augustana softball team swept Concordia-St. Paul on Sunday to cap off a 3-1 weekend.

Augustana used an eight-run sixth inning to blow past Concordia-St. Paul 11-6 in game one of a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon.  The Vikings are now 27-9 overall with a 14-5 record in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference competition while the Golden Bears fall to 25-10, 14-5 in the NSIC.
Carley Pickett came on to pitch in the second inning and with 11 runs of support, she earned her fifth win of the season and third in a row.
The Golden Bears jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning on the back of a three-run home run.  CU tacked one more on in the bottom of the fourth before Augustana could answer.
Jenny Brown singled and Jenelle Trautmann walked to load the bases for Emily Heinz.  The freshman shortstop drilled a ball to the left field fence scoring Brown and Carly Peterson.  Erink Kempf added one more run with an RBI single up the middle to score Trautmann.
The Golden Bears pushed their lead up to two 2uns, 5-3 with on in response to the Vikings' three in the top half.  Augustana then exploded for eight runs on six hits in the top of the sixth.
The first seven Vikings reached in the inning and Brown gave Augustana its first lead with a two-RBI single up the middle.  Lindsay Spanton and Trautmann each followed with run-scoring single of their own, pushing the lead to 8-5.
Kempf tacked on another RBI with a single and Pickett helped her own cause with the seventh and eight runs of the inning on a single to right field.  After the top half of the sixth inning, the Vikings were in control with an 11-5 lead.
Pickett shut down the Golden Bears allowing just one run on two hits over the last two innings and Augustana held on to win 11-6 in game one.

Augie would rally again in the second game to win another high-scoring affair 16-9.  Jennelle Trautmann's 18th homerun of the season gave the Vikings a 3-0 lead in the first, but Concordia-St. Paul scored five times in that inning to go up 5-3.

-Portions of this story are courtesy Augustana Athletics
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