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March 27, 2010

2010 Season - 4-run third keys victory over Ripon

MOLINE, Ill.—Sheldon Ritzheimer (Wesclin HS, Trenton, Ill.) struck out seven without a walk and didn’t allow an earned in five innings as Augustana improved to 11-5 on the season with a 6-1 win over Ripon Saturday. The offense was fueled by a four-run outburst in the third inning in the game played at Moline, Illinois’ Green Valley Sports Complex.

After Ritzheimer set down the Redhawks in the top of the first, the Vikings jumped out in front with a run in the bottom of the frame. Senior shortstop Chrissy Rosin (Niles West HS, Morton Grove, Ill.) led off with a single, moved to second on a Dawn Kernich (Mt. Olive HS, Mt. Olive, Ill.) bunt single and eventually came home on a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Brittany Snoreck (Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.).

Ripon evened the score with an unearned run in the third. Ashley Kirst led off with a single and scored on a Rosin error, but Augustana responded with a four spot in the bottom of the inning. Missy Fobert (Alleman HS, Rock Island, Ill.) led off with a single to center and stole second. Rosin brought her in with a single to right, but was throw out attempting to advance to second on the play. Kernich then dropped down another bunt single and Karlee Quaritsch (Palatine HS, Palatine, Ill.) followed by being hit by a pitch. A base-on-balls to Snoreck loaded the bases and a wild pitch scored Kernich to make it 3-1. Melissa Nelson (West Aurora HS, Aurora, Ill.) then singled to score Snoreck and Quaritsch and push the margin to 5-1.

Augustana added its final run in the bottom of the fourth. Jessica Peterson (Marian Catholic HS, Lansing, Ill.) led off with a single to right and promptly stole second and third. Rosin followed one out later with a bunt single and when she stole second, Peterson scored on a wild throw by Ripon catcher Alli Jensen.

In the meantime, Ritzheimer retired the Redhawks without incident in the fourth and fifth before yielding to reliever Kelli Humbert (Dwight HS, Dwight, Ill.), who finished up with two scoreless innings. Ritzheimer improved to 5-2 on the year, allowing just four singles and no walks while fanning seven in five innings. The top of the order led the way offensively with leadoff hitter Rosin rapping out three singles and Kernich, out of the number two spot, adding a pair.

The Vikings continue play at Green Valley with a 3:00 p.m. contest Saturday against Northland.