EVERYWHERE, Fla. – It was quite the day for Augustana baseball on Friday as the Vikings played three complete games and concluded a halted game. The Vikings won three of those contests, with two wins coming against Grand Valley State and the other one as part of a doubleheader split with Wayne State.
In all, Augustana completed 24 innings on Friday as it moves to 8-3 on the season. Wayne State is 7-3 while GVSU is 7-3.
Game One: Augustana 4, Wayne State 2
With runs in the second, third and fourth innings, Augustana prevailed 4-2 over the Warriors of Wayne State while Tanner Brown went the distance in the day’s first game.
Brown tossed seven innings, gave up six hits and struck out six to earn the victory to get the Vikings off on the correct step of what would be a grueling day.
Michael Schoettmer reached base on a fielder’s choice but allowed Jaxon Rosencranz to cross home plate for the early lead. the next inning, Carter Howell hit the first of a few home runs on the day. He sent a towering long-ball over the left-field fence for a 2-0 Augustana lead.
It was Schoettmer again in the third inning picking up an RBI, this time on a single through the right side to score Tate Meiners†
Wayne State scored a pair of runs in the sixth inning to cut the deficit to just a single run at 3-2, but Rosencranz had an insurance plan of his own to push the Vikings to victory. He lifted a ball into the Florida heat and it sailed over the left-field fence to provide the final run of the game at 4-2.
Or AU’s eight hits, two came from Rosencranz. The other six were spread throughout the Vikings’ lineup.
Game Two: Wayne State 11, Augustana 10
In the same way that the day’s first game was low scoring, this one proved to be a back-and-forth high-scoring affair.
Carter Howell homered twice in the game and started with a four-base hit in the top of the first, also scoring Jack Hines for the early 2-0 lead. in the second inning, JT Mix singled in Tate Meiners† The favor was returned by Jason Axelberg as the left fielder singled in Mix for a 4-0 AU lead.
Wayne State got back a run in the bottom of the second. Augustana then plated three runs in the third to take a 7-1 lead. Howell, enjoying the Florida air, hit another home run into left field. Jaxon Rosencranz hit a two-run home run and it was 7-1 Augustana in the third inning.
However, Wayne State answered back with five runs in the bottom of the third as AU then clung to a 7-6 lead.
Howell added another RBI to his ledger in the fourth inning as his sacrifice fly allowed Axelberg to score from third.
From there, Wayne State kept stealing the Vikings’ momentum and knotted the game at 8-8 in the fifth.
The squads then played hot potato with the lead in the sixth and seventh innings. Axelberg singled in Mix and Howell singled in Axelberg to give AU a 10-8 advantage. However, Wayne State put two runners on in the bottom of the seventh, then saw a home run sail over the left-field wall to end the game.
Ryan Jares started the game for AU with three innings pitched and four strikeouts. Jed Schmidt pitched the final 3.2 innings with four strikeouts.
Augustana talled 14 hits with three each from Howell and Hines. All three of Howell’s hits ended with an RBI.
Game Three (Completion of Halted Game: Augustana 5, Grand Valley State 4
The Vikings ended the 97 hours, 29-minute contest in rather quick action. To get there, we go back to this past Monday before the rain came.
It was a quick 1-0 lead for Augustana as Will Olson doubled into right field to score Jordan Bartho† However, that lead was short-lived as the Lakers plated four runs in the third inning to take a 4-1 lead.
Augustana battled back in the bottom half of the third as JT Mix singled into left field scoring Carter Howell† In the fourth, the Vikings knotted things at four-all thanks to singles from Trevor Winterstein and Mix.
Drey Dirksen hit a double down the left-field line to set up the third run of the game on Winterstein’s single. Winterstein then stole second base. Carter Howell hit a sharp single up the middle to allow Winterstein to cross home plate and tie the game at 4-4.
The two squads then stalled on offense as the defense shined with weather brewing.
When the sky opened in the eighth inning and the Vikings batting, the contest was halted. when it resumed, Maddux Baggs was on third base with Jason Axelberg batting. Axelberg promptly hit a sacrifice fly scoring Baggs.
Seth Miller came in to pitch the ninth inning and set down the side in order with a groundout and two strikeouts to win the marathon game.
Mix and Winterstein led AU with two hits each.
Game Four: Augustana 2, Grand Valley State 1
Augustana got five innings of one hit ball from Seth Miller to carry the Vikings to the victory. Miller struck out four, walked one and did not allow a run to set the tone for AU.
On the offensive side, the Vikings worked a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning to score the game’s first run. JT Mix started the game with a single while Maddux Baggs walked. Trevor Winterstein then loaded the bases with a single into left field. After the first out came on a close play at the plate, the bases were still juiced for Carter Howell† He was hit by the pitch to walk in the go-ahead run.
It went to 2-0 as Jordan Bartho singled into right field in the seventh inning, scoring Baggs. In the bottom of the ninth, the Lakers scratched a single run across the plate before Drey Dirksen took the mound and struck out the GVSU batter looking to end the game.
The Vikings talled eight hits, with two each from Winterstein, Barth and Tony Lanier† The other two came from Mix and Maddux, while the latter was the only runner to touch home plate for AU.
Miller got the win on the mound, his second of the season, which also pairs with a save from earlier in the day. Thomas Bruss tossed two innings of one-hit ball while Adam Diedrich pitched 1.2 innings before the final out from Dirksen. The save for Dirksen was the first of his career in what is believed to be his first-career pitching appearance.
Augustana closes its trip to Florida with a 7 am (CST) contest against Seton Hill. The game brings the possibility that AU could complete five games in a 24-hour span.