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February 24, 2012

2012 Season - Solid pitching leads to split

Sophomore Sarah Hintz tossed a one-hitter as Augustana defeated Michigan-Dearborn 15-0 to pick up a split on the first day of the 2012 softball season.

CLERMONT, Fla. - Two games that were completely opposite ended up with a split decision for the Augustana softball team on the opening day of the 2012 softball season. The Vikings of veteran head coach Kris Kistler lost the first game of the year to Messiah by a score of 3-1 and then roared back to defeat Michigan-Dearborn 15-0 in the nightcap.

Two solid pitching performances took place for Augustana as the Vikings allowed a total of just three runs in 12 innings on the day. Sophomore Courtney Ledezma (United Township HS, East Moline, Ill.) allowed nine hits but only three unearned runs in the opening game loss to Messiah. Sophomore Sarah Hintz (LeRoy HS, LeRoy, Ill.) tossed a one-hit shutout in the night cap to get the win in the victory over Michigan-Dearborn.

Augustana will play Messiah at 11:30 on Saturday, February 25 and then face Michigan-Dearborn at 1:30 in the nightcap.


The Vikings committed four errors and that proved costly as Messiah scored three unearned runs off Augustana hurler Courtney Ledezma (United Township HS, East Moline, Ill.) in a 3-1 victory. Ledezma scattered nine hits, struck out one and didn't walk a batter. Two Augustana errors led to two Messiah runs in the top of the fifth and another error cost a run in the seventh.

The Vikings scored their only run in the bottom of the sixth when sophomore Krista Watson (Coal City HS, Coal City, Ill.) doubled with one out. Freshman Christie Wiersema (Morrison HS, Morrison, Ill.) singled with two outs and moved to second when the ball was misplayed in the outfield and Watson scampered home.

Augustana managed seven hits off Messiah pitcher Jocelyn Hickey with Wiersema leading the way with two.


After struggling to score runs and field the ball in the first game of the season, the Vikings cleaned up both areas in the second game and the result was an impressive 15-0 victory over Michigan-Dearborn. Augustana banged out 13 hits and played flawless in the field.

A solid pitching performance by sophomore Sarah Hintz (LeRoy HS, LeRoy, Ill.) didn't hurt either. Hintz tossed a one hitter as she struck out five and walked two in going the distance in the game, which was shortened to five innings because of the mercy rule.

After leading 1-0 through one inning, Augustana scored seven runs in both the second and third innings to put the contest out of reach.

Four different Vikings had two hits apiece to lead a balanced offensive attack. Sophomore Krista Watson (Coal City HS, Coal City, Ill.) had two hits, scored three runs and drove in three to lead the way. Freshman Christie Wiersema (Morrison HS, Morrison, Ill.) collected two hits, scored two runs and had three RBI. Junior Amanda Johnson (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.) had two hits with one run scored and one RBI and sophomore Chaney Tambling (Dwight HS, Dwight, Ill.) came through with two hits, two runs scored and two RBI.