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March 29, 2013

Vikings split with Elmhurst to open CCIW play

Sophomore Jacques Camalick doubled and scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth of the nightcap Friday as Augustana came back for a 6-5 win over Elmhurst. The double was one of three hits by Camalick in the game. The Vikings dropped the opener 4-3.

MOLINE, Ill.-Sophomore Jacques Camalick (Hinsdale Central HS, Burr Ridge, Ill.) doubled and scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth Friday, enabling Augustana to come away with a split in its CCIW-opening doubleheader with Elmhurst. The Bluejays won the opener 4-3 before the Vikings rebounded to take the nightcap 6-5. 19th-ranked Augustana is now 13-3 this year and 1-1 in the CCIW, while Elmhurst moves to 8-4 overall and 1-1 in the league.

Game One - Elmhurst 4, Augustana 3   

The visitors took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first before Viking starter Jared McIntosh (Assumption HS, Davenport, Iowa) got settled in. Brian Evans led off the game by walking on four pitches and Joe Kennedy followed with a single. Dave Wolak doubled in Evans with the first run and Kennedy and Wolak scored on a groundout and sacrifice fly, respectively.  

Augustana loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the second, but came away with just one run. Senior Mark VanNatta (Alleman HS, Moline, Ill.) and sophomore Danny Fifer (Lincoln-Way West HS, New Lenox, Ill.) sandwiched singles around sophomore Kyle Lenihan (Romeoville HS, Romeoville, Ill.), who was hit by a pitch. Sophomore Nick Tenerelli (Downers Grove South HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) drove in the Vikings' first run with a fielder's choice, but Bluejay starter Jordan Hanlon coaxed a double play ball to avoid of further damage.  

Meanwhile, McIntosh found a groove and after allowing the first three batters of the game to reach, retired 19 of the next 21. The  two who did reach were both erased on double plays.  

The Vikings cut the lead to 3-2 with a run in the fourth. Junior Jacob Van Duyne (Wilmington HS, Wilmington, Ill.) drove in Fifer with an infield hit, but Augustana left two runners stranded.  

The hosts finally drew even in the seventh. Van Duyne led off with a single to left. Senior Jeremy Juhl (Glenbard East Lombard, Ill.) sacrificed him to second and senior Kurt Schmidt (Grayslake Central HS, Grayslake, Ill.) drove him in with a double to right center.  

Elmhurst got the game-winner in the eighth, however. Wargo led off with a single and McIntosh balked him to second. Greg Struck singled him to third and he scored on a fielder's choice by pinch-hitter Lucas Spezia.  

McIntosh took the loss, falling to 3-2 this year. He allowed six hits and one walk in eight innings, fanning five. Her wallo   The Vikings had 10 hits in the contest, but left nine runners stranded and hit into a pair of double plays.  

Game Two - Augustana 6, Elmhurst 5  

The nightcap was a see-saw affair, with Augustana scoring two in the eighth and one in the ninth to erase a 5-3 deficit.  

The Bluejays got to Viking starter Seth Davis (Mullen HS, Aurora, Colo.) for an unearned run in the second, but the hosts gave him a lead with three in the fourth. Juhl drove in two runs with a single to center and Van Duyne had an RBI single as well.  

Elmhurst came right back with three in the top of the fifth. Only one of the three was earned as a Davis throwing error allowed two runs to score. The Bluejays made it 5-3 with a run in the seventh, but freshman Darwin Townsend (Libertyville HS, Libertyville, Ill.) relieved Davis and got out of a bases-loaded jam to keep the Vikings within striking distance.  

Augustana tied it 5-5 in the eighth, scoring two runs when Van Duyne's bunt single was followed by a throwing error.  

Senior Rick Erickson (Lake Zurich HS, Hawthorn Woods, Ill.) relieved Townsend in the ninth and again left the bags full of Bluejays, setting up the deciding bottom half. Camalick led off with a ringing double to left center. Elmhurst reliever Erik Swanson retired the next two batters but the second out came on freshman John Swiderski's (Geneva HS, Geneva, Ill.) deep fly to right, allowing Camalick to move to third.  Juhl was the next batter and shortstop Joe Kennedy couldn't handle his grounder up the middle, allowing Camalick to come home with the game-winner.  

Erickson got the win to go to 2-0 on the year. Van Duyne and Camalick had three hits each, while Juhl and Stewart added two apiece.  

Coach Greg Wallace's club travels to Naperville for a doubleheader versus North Central on Tuesday, April 2.