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March 4, 2009

2009 Season - 16 hit attack helps Vikings beat Muskingum 10-2

KISSIMMEE, Florida – Fueled by a 16 hit attack, Augustana defeated Muskingum 10-2 in non-conference softball action in Kissimmee, Florida on March 4. The Vikings recovered from a 2-0 first inning deficit to defeat a Muskie team that had been ranked in the top 25 of the NCAA Division III pre-season poll.

Jackie Gill (Heyworth HS, Heyworth, Ill.) gave up a two run home run to Chloe Moloney in the first inning to go down 2-0. From that point on, however, she was in control despite the fact that she only struck out one. She ran her record to 4-0 in the process.

The Vikings tied the game quickly in the bottom of the first with two runs. After one out Christina Trojanowski (Evergreen Park HS, Evergreen Park, Ill.) singled to left and advanced to second on a wild pitch. A single by Karlee Quaritsch (Palatine HS, Palatine, Ill.) moved Trojanowski to third and took second herself on the throw. A ground ball by Melissa Nelson (West Aurora HS, Aurora, Ill.) scored Trojanowski and pushed Quaritsch to third. A wild pitch brought Quaritsch home with the tying run.

In the bottom of the third Augustana pounded out six hits and got help from one Muskingum error to put six runs on the board. Nelson singled with one out and Brittany Snoreck (Carl Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.) singled her to second. A single by Stephanie Sarb (Lisle Township HS, Lisle, Ill.) scored Nelson with what proved to be the winning run.  After a strike out for the second out of the inning, Jen Sloboda (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Wheaton, Ill.) singled to left, scoring Snoreck with Sarb moving to second. A passed ball moved Sarb to third and Sloboda to second. Missy Fobert’s (Rock Island Alleman HS, Rock Island, Ill.) ground ball was misplayed with Sarb scoring and Sloboda heading to third. Chrissy Rosin’s (Niles West HS, Morton Grove, Ill.) single plated Fobert and Sloboda. Rosin eventually scored on a double steal for the sixth run to end the scoring.

The Vikings scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to end the game due to the eight run rule.