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March 1, 2012

2012 Season - Vikings split on final day in Florida

Freshman Christie Wiersema hit a pair of home runs as Augustana split its final two games in Florida. Her two-out home run in the bottom of the seventh inning in the first game against Hanover gave the Vikings a 12-11 victory and her solo shot in the top of the seventh put the Capital game (an eventual 2-1 loss) into extra innings.

CLERMONT, Florida - Augustana split the final two games of its spring break trip to Clermont, Florida on Thursday, March 1. The Vikings defeated Hanover in a wild 12-11 affair in the first game before losing a 2-1 pitcher's duel to Capital in the nightcap.

With the split, head coach Kris Kistler's team finished the trip with an impressive 8-2 record. Augustana lost the first game of the venture on February 24 to Messiah by a score of 3-1 and dropped the final game with the 2-1 loss to Capital. In between, however, the Vikings won eight straight games.

Thursday's games were opposites of each other. Augustana cracked 12 hits en route to outscoring Hanover and then managed just three safeties in the loss to Capital.


Freshman Christie Wiersema (Morrison HS, Morrison, Ill.) belted a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Augustana a 12-11 victory over Hanover on Thursday, March 1. The Vikings survived a five-run third and a four-run fifth and managed to pull out the win, their eighth straight on the spring trip. There were a total of 22 hits and nine errors in the game.

Augustana trailed 11-9 after Hanover scored two runs in the top of the seventh to break a 9-9 tie. Senior Abbi Staples (Sterling HS, Sterling, Ill.) led off the seventh for the Vikings with a walk. Junior Amanda Johnson (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.), pinch hit for sophomore Lauren Schneiderbauer (Sterling HS, Sterling, Ill.) and she singled to center, advancing Staples to second. Sophomore Krista Watson (Coal City HS, Coal City, Ill.) greeted new Hanover pitcher Christina Davidson with a ringing double to right center that scored both Staples and Schneiderbauer, who went in to pinch run for Johnson. Watson was thrown out trying to stretch her hit into a triple and after a second out in the inning, Wiersema cranked out her game-winning homer. It was her second home run of the season.

Sophomore Sarah Hintz (LeRoy HS, LeRoy, Ill.) worked the final 3 2/3 innings and gave up six runs but she was credited with the victory to push her record to 6-0.

Hanover jumped in front 5-0 heading into the bottom of the third when the Vikings answered with three runs. Wiersema's double to center scored two runs and was the big blow in the inning. A two-run home run by senior Jillian Gibbs (Rock Island HS, Rock Island, Ill.) in the bottom of the fifth tied the game at 5-5.

Hanover scored four in the top of the fifth to take a 9-5 lead but a Hintz double in the fifth accounted for one run and Augustana pushed across three runs in the sixth with the help of a costly Hanover error. That set the stage for the eventful seventh inning.

Wiersema had two hits, scored a pair of runs and drove in three while Courtney Ledezma (United Township HS, East Moline, Ill.) and Chaney Tambling (Dwight HS, Dwight, Ill.) also had two hits.


Capital pushed across a single run in the bottom of the eighth inning to pick up a 2-1 victory over Augustana and spoil the Vikings' eight game winning streak on Thursday, March 1 in Clermont, Florida. A single to left field by Katie Neely off Augustana reliever Courtney Ledezma (United Township HS, East Moline, Ill.) scored Kelsey Swain with the game winner with two out.

Augustana could manage only three hits off Capital's Alyse Bowling, who struck out 10 and walked two. The lone run for the Vikings came on a one out home run in the top of the seventh inning by freshman Christie Wiersema (Morrison HS, Morrison, Ill.). The tied the game at 1-1 before the Vikings lost in the bottom of the eighth.

Sarah Hintz (LeRoy HS, LeRoy, Ill.) worked the first five innings for the Vikings and gave up just one run on one hit and Ledezma came on in relief in the bottom of the sixth. She struck out four in 2 2/3 innings and only allowed two hits as she took the loss and fell to 1-2 on the year.