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April 13, 2011

2011 Season - IWU tops Vikings 2-1

Augustana's Mike Trotta threw three innings of scoreless, one-hit relief Wednesday, but the Vikings dropped a 2-1 decision at Illinois Wesleyan.

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.-Pitchers Brian Konecke (Lakes Community HS, Itasca, Ill.) and Mike Trotta (Notre Dame HS, Chicago, Ill.) gave Augustana outstanding efforts Wednesday night, but they weren't enough to get by Illinois Wesleyan and its ace Jason Pankau, as the Titans held on for a 2-1 win at Horenberger Field. The loss drops Augustana to 17-5 overall and one game back of IWU in the CCIW standings at 6-3.

 A.J. Nathan touched Viking starter Konecke for a solo homer in the second to get Wesleyan on the board. The Titans added another run off the Augustana freshman in the fourth. Kevin Callahan led off with a single to right and came around to score on Jonathan Erickson's one-out single through the right side to make it 2-0.

 Meanwhile Pankau coasted through the first six innings, allowing the Vikings just a pair of hits. The visitors put together a rally, though, in the seventh. T.J. O'Donnell (New Trier HS, Northbrook, Ill.) led off with an infield single and moved to second on Pat Wilson's (Stevenson HS, Vernon Hills, Ill.) single to right. Jared McIntosh (Assumption HS, Davenport, Iowa) drove a single to center to score O'Donnell and make the score 2-1. Joe Moran's (Notre Dame HS, Chicago, Ill.) sacrifice moved McIntosh and Wilson up to second and third, respectively, and Kevin Serna (Rolling Meadows HS, Arlington Heights, Ill.) loaded the bases when he reached on an infield hit. However, Pankau was able to get out of the inning without further damage by fanning the next two Vikings.

 Dave Hoffman delivered a one-out double to right-center in the eighth, but Augustana was unable to score him.

 In the top of the ninth, Pankau fanned the first two Augustana hitters before hitting Serna with a pitch. However, Nathan cut down the Viking centerfielder trying to steal to end the game.

 Konecke took the tough-luck loss despite allowing just three hits and two runs over five innings. He's now 1-1 on the year. Trotta came on in relief of Konecke to start the sixth and held the Titans scoreless on one hit over the final three innings. Pankau went the distance and fanned ten without issuing a walk to improve to 4-1.

 Wilson had two of the Vikings seven hits.

 Augustana hosts league-leading Carthage in a key three-game set this weekend. The Vikings and Red Men face off Saturday in a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader at Swanson Stadium/Brunner Field.