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Three Vikings Named To All-Central Region Baseball Teams

 

SIOUX FALLS, SD — The Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association announced its 2014 NCAA Division II Central Region Teams on Sunday. Augustana had three members selected to its teams.

Tony Viger, Jack Goihl, and Jake Petersen were all selected to the first team of the All-Central Region teams, the most the Vikings have had selected to the first team in one season in the program’s history.

Viger, recently announced last week as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Year and Daktronics Central Region Player of the Year, was chosen to the first team at third base. The Sioux Falls native’s incredible season has seen the senior third baseman rise to the top of the national leaderboards on several categories. The former O’Gorman High standout ranks in the top 15 nationally in batting average (14th), runs (fifth), hits (third), doubles (first), RBI (eighth), slugging percentage (eighth), and total bases (fourth).

Goihl, an All-Central Region selection by both Daktronics and NCBWA this year, was a first team selection at catcher. The junior catcher finished his season hitting a career-best .401 at the plate. Goihl’s 22 stolen bases finished second in the NSIC. The Robbinsdale, Minn. native was tied for fourth in the NSIC in RBI with 55 in 2014. Goihl’s 11 homeruns this year are tied for fourth in the NSIC and 17th in Division II. Goihl also ranked third in the NSIC this past year in with .672 slugging percentage.

Petersen was a first team selection at second base. The senior from Blair, Neb. was a second team selection back in 2013. Petersen was a weapon for Augustana as its leadoff hitter for most of the year, batting a career-best .372 for the Vikings. Petersen’s five triples led the team this season. The second baseman’s five homers on the year also set a new career high for the senior, and ranked third on the team. The former Blair High graduate did have a team-leading 24-game hitting streak in 2014, a personal best.

The Vikings finished their season 41-16, setting a new school record for wins in single season. Augustana also won its first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament Championship in team history in 2014. The Vikings made their second NCAA Regional Tournament appearance in team history, and picked up their first region win with an 8-6 win over Arkansas-Monticello last Friday.

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Courtesy:  Augustana College

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