Augustana (S.D.) wins Central Region
Vikings blast Concordia-St. Paul, give coach Melsted 300th win
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana (S.D.) clinched a berth to the championship finals with a 10-2 victory in five innings against Concordia-St. Paul in Game 2 of the super regional on Saturday. Augustana improved to 53-10, while CU finished its season at 33-23.
The last time Augustana was at the national tournament was 1998. The victory also gave head coach Gretta Melsted a milestone of 300 career wins.
Taylor Kapsch was 2 for 2 with a home run and Elizabeth Murray was 2 for 2 with a walk and an RBI to pace the Vikings. Kelsey Kalkman finished the game with a 2 for 4 performance that included a home run and an RBI.
Jenelle Trautmann started the game for Augustana and threw 4.0 innings and allowed six hits and two runs. She also had three strikeouts. Durland threw the fifth inning and had a strikeout.
Ashley Kluever started the game for CSP from the circle and threw 3.1 innings with four walks, six hits and eight runs allowed. Ashley Kappes threw the final 1.2 innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits.
Augustana gave up two quick runs in the first on four CSP singles, but were able to put some offense together in the third after Kapsch smacked a 3-2 pitch over the right-center fence.
CSP threatened again in the bottom of the third after putting runners on second and third with no outs, but Trautmann put together a strikeout and ground out before Winskowski ranged far to her left to track down a deep fly ball.
The Vikings continued to hit Kluever in the third when Kalkman led off with a hard shot over the right field wall to tie the game at 2-2. Matley Jones was hit by a pitch in the next at-bat and moved to second on a bunt single by Chelsi Winskowski before Kapsch was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Theresa McMahon then delivered with a hard single through the left side that scored Kalkman and Winskowski. With runners on second and third and one out, Murray hit a ground ball past a diving shortstop to push Kapsch home.
The inning continued after Trautmann was intentionally walked to load the bases again and Spanton earned a walk to force McMahon home. Kalkman singled into center field for her second hit of the inning that scored Murray and Jones hit a sacrifice fly into right that scored Trautmann and moved Spanton to third. Winskowski then reached first on an error as Spanton came home to put Augustana up 9-2.
The Vikings pushed the lead to eight in the fifth after Murray was hit by a pitch with one out and came around to score on Spanton's double into right field.