Augustana (S.D.) toughs out sweep
Vikings’ starting pitching gives up three hits, one run
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- No. 21 Augustana (S.D.) limited No. 3 Winona State to one run on the afternoon as the Vikings grinded out 1-0 and 2-1 wins against the Warriors Wednesday in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader.
Augustana improved to 38-7 (15-3 NSIC), while WSU fell to 32-5 (13-3 NSIC).
Jenelle Trautmann, Ashley Meyer and Chelsey Durland contained a normally potent Warrior offense. Durland earned saves in both games, bringing her season total to 10.
Trautmann started Game one and pushed her record to 16-4 after throwing 5.0 shutout innings and allowing only one hit with eight strikeouts. Durland threw the final 2.0 innings with a strikeout and a hit.
Theresa McMahon scored the Vikings lone run and provided one of just three hits in the game against WSU's Stacey Struzynski.
In the bottom of the first, McMahon led off with a double into left field and moved to third on Jenny Brown's sacrifice bunt. After a walk by Elizabeth Murray and strikeout by Trautmann, Lindsay Spanton drove a two-out, 1-1 pitch up the middle into center field to score McMahon.
Meyer started Game 2 for the Vikings and allowed only one ball out of the infield, a fly ball out to McMahon in right. Meyer finished the game with 6.0 innings pitched, two hits and two strikeouts. Durland allowed two hits in the seventh inning but limited the WSU rally to one-run for the save.
Augustana mustered five hits against WSU's Brittany Stewart, as Matley Jones finished 1-for-2 with a run and Spanton added an RBI in a 1-for-2 performance.
The Vikings jumped on the board in the first inning as Jenny Brown singled into left field before being forced out at second on a fielder's choice, leaving Elizabeth Murray on first with two outs. Trautmann singled in the next at-bat before Murray scored on Spanton's single up the middle.
In the second, Augustana pushed its lead to 2-0 as Jones doubled to right center and moved to third on Chelsi Winskowski's ground ball to the pitcher. McMahon drove Jones home on a single into left field.
Stewart held the Vikings hitless the remainder of the game, but WSU attempted only one rally in the seventh inning when Karli DesLauriers scored on Stewart's two-out double. Durland struck out Sam Hildebrant to end the game.