Augie Edges Out Sweep Of Northern
Viking Softball Takes A Pair Of Tight Sunday Games From Wolves
Trailing 5-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning of game two, Augustana’s Maggie Kadrlik hit a game-tying three-run home run to send the game into extra innings and Katie Parker delivered a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to lift the Vikings to a sweep over Northern State on Sunday afternoon. The Vikings won the opener 6-2 before coming from behind to win game two 6-5 in extra innings.
With the sweep, Augustana improves to 22-11 on the season, including 8-2 in NSIC play. Northern State dropped to 12-22 on the year, 2-8 in the NSIC.
Augustana scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to earn a 6-2 win over Northern State in game one of today’s twinbill.
Maggie Kadrlik had two of Augustana’s seven hits in the opener finishing 2 for 3 with a run scored. Shannon Petersen was 1 for 2 with a solo home run, her ninth homer of the season. Morgan Beaner was 1 for 3 with two RBI at the plate for the Vikings.
Carley Pickett earned the win in the circle picking up the complete game victory. Pickett allowed just two unearned runs on three hits while striking out three.
Petersen opened the scoring in the second innnig with a towering home run to left field to put Augustana in front 1-0. The Vikings were able to push across an unearned run in the bottom of the third to take a 2-0 lead. Carly Peterson reached on a fielding error and on the next at-back, Pickett reached on an error and Peterson was able to score on an overthrow by the Wolves to give Augustana a two-run lead.
Northern State scored an unearned run in both the fourth and fifth innings to tie the game at 2-2 capitalizing on two Augustana errors.
After leaving a pair of runners on base in the fifth, Augustana put up four runs on four hits and one NSU error in the sixth to regain the lead. Kadrlik opened the inning with a single to left field and two batters later the Vikings had two runners on when Kaylea Schorr singled up the middle.
Beaner drove in the first two runs of the inning with a two-RBI single up the middle to score Kadrlik and Schorr and put the Vikings ahead 4-2. Katie Parker then pinch hit for Abby Chandler and walked to load the bases for Peterson.
Samantha Eisenreich, who pinch-ran for Merriam earlier in the inning, came in to score on a wild pitch to make it 5-2 and Pickett helped her own cause with an RBI single that gave her a four-run cushion at 6-2. The lead would hold as Pickett would pitch around the leadoff batter reaching on an error in the top of the seventh.
Northern State held on to a 5-2 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning before a two-out Augustana rally sent the game into extra innings. Pickett kept the game alive by beating out an infield single and Sarah Kennedy put two runners on when she beat out an infield single.
Kadrlik then stepped to the plate and blasted the first pitch she saw over the pine trees behind the fence in left field to tie the game at 5-5.
In the bottom of the eighth, Schorr started the inning with a single through the left side of the infield and Merriam followed with a double to the gap in left center to put runners into scoring position. Parker then stepped into the box as a pinch hitter and delivered the game-winning hit on an RBI single through the left side of the infield to secure the 6-5 victory and sweep of Northern State.
Augustana finished the game with 15 hits, led by Kadrlik’s 3 for 4 performance. Kadrlik’s team-leading 10th home run of the season gave the Vikings a shot to take the game in extra innings.
Carley Pickett, Sarah Kennedy, Shannon Petersen and Kaylea Schorr each had two hits for the Vikings in the nightcap.
Pickett game into the game in a relief role to earn her 13th win of the season in the circle. Pickett tossed 4.0 innings striking out two.
Northern State took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of third inning but the Vikings answered when Kennedy belted a two-run home run to left center to tie the game at 2-2.
The Wolves regained the lead in the fifth and extended it to 5-2 in the sixth. Augustana picked up three hits but left two runners on base in the bottom of the sixth inning and were down to its last out in the seventh before staging a comeback.
Kadrlik’s three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh tied the game and Katie Parker’s walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the eighth secured the sweep.
Augustana will return to action on Wednesday, April 6, taking on USF at 4 p.m. at Sherman Park.