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Viger Named Central Region Player Of The Year; Three Vikings Earn First Team All-Region Honors

 

AUSTIN, TX — The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced its All-Region teams on Thursday afternoon and three Augustana Vikings were honored.

Tony Viger was named the NCBWA Central Region Player of the Year and first team All-Central Region. Jake Petersen and Jack Goihl were also named NCBWA All-Central Region First Team.

Earlier Thursday, Viger was named the Daktronics Central Region Player of the Year. The Sioux Falls native, already named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Year earlier in the season, has been dominant force at the plate all year for Augustana. Viger leads the NSIC in multiple categories in 2014, which include: runs scored (63), hits (88), RBI (61) doubles (28), and total bases (150). Viger’s 28 doubles also rank first in the NCAA this season. The senior also is currently hitting a career-high .423 at the plate through 54 games.

Viger’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).

Petersen was named a first team All-Central Region selection at second base. The senior from Blair, Neb. was a second team selection back in 2013. Petersen has been a weapon for Augustana as its leadoff hitter for most of the year, batting a career-best .387 for the Vikings. Petersen’s five triples lead the team. The second baseman’s five homers on the year also set a new career high for the senior, and currently rank third on the team. The former Blair High graduate holds a team-leading 24-game hitting streak, achieved earlier this year.

Goihl notched the first All-Central Region selection of his career with a strong year as the number five hitter for the Vikings. The junior catcher has hit .406 through 54 games, which is good for fourth in the NSIC, and 36th in the NCAA. Goihl’s 22 stolen bases tied for the NSIC lead. The Robbinsdale, Minn. native also ranks fourth in the NSIC in RBI with 53. Goihl’s 11 home runs this year are tied for fourth in the NSIC and 17th in Division II.

Augustana’s continued success this year, resulting in a school-record 40 wins and first ever NSIC Tournament Championship, has come under the guidance of head coach Tim Huber and his coaching staff. With its win in the championship game against Winona State last weekend, The Vikings earned the automatic bid, and No. 6 seed, from the NCAA to play in the Central Region Tournament, making it the second appearance in school history for Augustana.

The Vikings return to action on Thursday to play No. 1 seed and host Arkansas Tech at Tech Field in Russellville, Ark. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.

 

Alex Fink, Zach Dibble and Tony Viger, Augustana Vikings baseball
Gene Smith/Augustana College

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