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March 26, 2009

2009 Season - Karlee Quaritsch hits home runs in each game as Vikings sweep UW-Platteville in softball

PLATTEVILLE, Wisconsin – Using a lethal combination of solid pitching and a punishing offensive attack, Augustana swept Wisconsin-Platteville in a non-conference softball double header on Thursday, March 26 at the Pioneer Softball Complex in Platteville, Wisconsin. Originally scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, this twin-bill was postponed a day because of rain.

Obviously the layoff didn’t hurt Kris Kistler’s Vikings as they pounded out a total of 30 hits and scored 21 runs en route to winning by scores of 11-1 and 10-2. Augustana moved to 13-3 overall with the two victories while Wisconsin-Platteville fell to 2-8.

GAME 1 – AUGUSTANA 11, UW-PLATTEVILLE 1
Karlee Quaritsch (Palatine HS, Palatine, Ill.) went three for four with three runs scored and three runs-batted-in to lead the Augustana offense in an 11-1 victory over the Pioneers. The Vikings had a total of 14 hits in the game and scored in five of the six innings that the game went.

Jackie Gill (Heyworth HS, Heyworth, Ill.) had an outstanding game in the circle as she went five innings and struck out five while allowing just one run and four hits. She gave up three of those hits in the first inning when Wisconsin-Platteville scored its lone run.  Gill moved her overall record to 7-2 on the year. She got relief help from Erica Aten (Moline HS, Coal Valley, Ill.) in the sixth.

Trailing 1-0 heading into the top of the second, Augustana went to work and picked up three runs. Emilee Goad (Galesburg HS, Galesburg, Ill.) led off with a walk. She went to third on a one out double off the bat of Melissa Nelson (West Aurora HS, Aurora, Ill.). Missy Fobert (Rock Island Alleman HS, Rock Island, Ill.) singled up the middle to drive in Goad and Nelson and she went to second on the throw to the plate. Fobert stole third and came home on a sacrifice fly to right center by Chrissy Rosin (Niles West HS, Morton Grove, Ill.).

In the third Quaritsch singled with one out, stole second and scored on a second by Jen Sloboda (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Wheaton, Ill.). Fobert scored in the fourth when she doubled, went to third on a ground out and scored on a throwing error on the same play.

Quaritsch homered in the fifth with Brittany Snoreck (Carl Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.) on board for two runs. In the sixth the Vikings strung together five hits to score four runs and put the game out of reach.

While Quaritsch led the way with three hits, Rosin, Christine Trojanowski (Evergreen Park HS, Evergreen Park, Ill.) and Fobert all had two hits.

GAME 2 – AUGUSTANA 10, UW-PLATTEVILLE 2
Eric Aten (Moline HS, Coal Valley, Ill.) spun a complete game one hitter in Augustana’s 10-2 win over Wisconsin-Platteville to complete a non-conference double header over the Pioneers. She struck out seven and did not give up an earned run as she pitched well enough to overcome an uncharacteristically high four errors by her teammates in the field. The only hit she gave up was a leadoff single to Tera Burr in the bottom of the third inning.

The Vikings scored a single run in the top of the first inning when Melissa Nelson (West Aurora HS, Aurora, Ill.) coaxed a bases loaded walk to score leadoff batter Chrissy Rosin (Niles West HS, Morton Grove, Ill.).

Platteville scored two runs in the bottom of the first to take a 2-1 lead as Augustana committed three of its four errors. In the top of the third inning the Vikings battered Pioneer starter Courtney Ryan for seven runs on seven hits to take command of the game. Karlee Quaritsch (Palatine HS, Palatine, Ill.) led off with a solo home run to tie the game. By the time the inning had ended Augustana had an 8-2 lead. Andi Walker (Plainfield South HS, Plainfield, Ill.) had a two RBI single and Quaritsch came back up as the Vikings batted around and clobbered a two RBI double before the inning ended.

Augustana picked up single runs in the fourth and the sixth as the game ended one inning early due to the eight run rule.

Quaritsch went four for five with three runs as she put the finishing touches on an afternoon where she collected seven hits in nine at-bats with four runs scored, had six RBI and hit two home runs. Dawn Kernich (Mt. Olive HS, Mt. Olive, Ill.) had four hits in five at bats while Rosin and Walker each had two hits.