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Vikings Split Twin Bill With Beavers

 

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Augustana baseball got a split against Bemidji State on Wednesday in two close games in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play.

The Vikings took game one in extra innings after a Jack Goihl three-run walkoff homerun in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the Vikings a 5-2 victory.  Bemidji State bounced back in game two, snapping Augustana’s nine-game winning streak with a 4-3 win.

Augustana’s record drops to 18-8 (8-2 NSIC), while the Beavers’ record moved to 8-9 (2-2 NSIC).

GAME ONE
Goihl provided the offense for the Vikings in victory with a 2-for-4 performance that included three RBI on the game-winning homer. It was Goihl’s fourth homerun of the year.

Jake Petersen recorded his second homer on the season with a two-run blast in the bottom of the second inning.

Marcus O’Neill had a three-hit game for Augustana in the win.

Derek Quame (1-1) picked up his first win of the year in a late-game relief appearance. Quame pitched 2.1 innings, giving up one run on one hit.

Bemidji State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning after Logan Riedel singled down the right field line to score Bo Schmitz from third base. Cole Jenkins was able to shake off the tough start and get the final out, getting the Vikings out a jam and leave two runners on for the Beavers.

Petersen’s blast in the bottom half of the inning gave Augustana its first lead of the ballgame after Kye Winter reached on a fielder’s choice. Petersen came up next and sent a blast over the outfield wall, giving the Vikings the 2-1 lead.

Neither team would do much in the middle innings, both held scoreless during the span.

Things got going late though for both sides, starting with Bemidji State in the top of the seventh. After Schmitz got on base on an error. A fielder’s choice for Riedel scored Schmitz for third to tie the game up at two on the unearned run.

Augustana had a chance in to seal this one in the bottom of the seventh inning, but couldn’t score Petersen from third and Bryce Berg, in to pitch hit, popped out to centerfield for the final out to force extra innings.

Goihl sealed the win for the Vikings in the bottom of the eighth, turning on a 1-2 pitch with no outs that flew over the wall, giving Augustana the 5-2 win.

GAME TWO
The Vikings couldn’t muster up the same late-game heroics as in game one, losing 4-3 to the Beavers, snapping a nine-game winning streak.

Goihl upped his team-leading homerun total to five with a solo shot in the top of the fourth inning. The Robbinsdale, Minn. native finished his day going 2 for 4 with one RBI and two runs scored.

Josh Benson went 1 for 3 with a RBI.

Tony Viger (0-1) was charged with the loss on the mound, coming in late to pitch the final four innings. Viger gave up just one unearned run on three hits, walking one batter and striking out seven.

Augustana was held to a season-low five hits in the loss.

Bemidji State used a big first inning to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Ryan Hamilton couldn’t get things under control in the start, loading up the bases with no outs to start the game. After Hamilton walked in Riedel to make it 2-0, Troy Pilkington came in to get the Vikings out the jam. Pilkington walked Mason Bellew to put the Beavers up three, but then got the final out on a strikeout the following batter.

Augustana got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning with Goihl’s solo shot to make it 3-1.

A Benson single to second base scored both Winter and Goihl after being misplayed by Cole Bjorge in right field, tying the game up at three in the bottom of the sixth.

The turning point of the game came in the top of the seventh inning. The Vikings made two costly errors on one play that allowed for Schmitz to score what turned out to be the game-winning run.

Augustana had one last crack at getting a victory in the bottom half. The Beavers loaded up the bases with two outs. Goihl came up to bat and grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the game, giving Bemidji State the 4-3 win.

 

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