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April 24, 2009

2009 Season - Vikings sweep North Park in softball to move to 26-10 overall and 8-4 in the CCIW

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – On “Breast Cancer Awareness Day” the Augustana Vikings came up with a pair of softball victories over North Park in College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin action at Carver Field. The Vikings won the first game 3-2 behind a sterling pitching performance from Jackie Gill (Heyworth HS, Heyworth, Ill.) and a clutch hit off the bat of Melissa Nelson (West Aurora HS, Aurora, Ill.). In game two Sheldon Ritzheimer (Trenton Wesclin HS, Trenton, Ill.) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning as Augustana won 7-4.

GAME 1: Augustana 3, North Park 2

Melissa Nelson (West Aurora HS, Aurora, Ill.) delivered a clutch two out single in the bottom of the sixth inning to score Jen Sloboda (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Wheaton, Ill.) with the eventual winning run as Augustana defeated North Park 3-2 in the first game of a double header.

The Vikings were trailing 2-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth when Brittany Snoreck (Carl Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.) led off with a double. The next batter was Stephanie Sarb (Lisle HS, Lisle, Ill.) and her attempt to sacrifice was mishandled and the ball was thrown into left field with Snoreck scoring the tying run. Sarb went to second on the play and then gave way to Sloboda as a pinch runner. Sloboda stole third and came home on Nelson’s ground single which just did elude the North Park shortstop and make its way into left field.

North Park scored single runs in the second and third to take a 2-0 lead before the Vikings got on the board in the bottom of the third. Chrissy Rosin (Niles West HS, Morton Grove, Ill.) reached on an error to lead things off. She stole second and went to third on a sacrifice by Dawn Kernich (Mt. Olive HS, Mt. Olive, Ill.). Karlee Quaritsch (Palatine HS, Palatine, Ill.) singled home Rosin to make it 2-1.

Jackie Gill (Heyworth HS, Heyworth, Ill.) went the distance for Augustana, striking out one and allowing just five hits. She moved her record to 11-6 on the season.

GAME 2: Augustana 7, North Park 4

Sheldon Ritzheimer (Trenton Wesclin HS, Trenton, Ill.) flirted with a no-hitter, holding North Park without a hit until the bottom of the seventh inning. She was leading 7-0 when she tired in the seventh and finally gave up her first hit of the game to Katie Anderson. She sandwiched walks around Anderson’s hit and then gave up a bases clearing double to Ashley Hartz that drove in three runs and made the score 7-4. Erica Aten (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) relieved and gave up two walks and two hits before Ritzheimer and got the final out.

Augustana scored two runs in the top of the fourth to take a 2-0 lead and then scored three in the sixth to make it 5-0. In the sixth the big blow was a two out single to left by Jen Sloboda (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Wheaton, Ill.) that brought home two runs, followed by an RBI single by Missy Fobert (Rock Island Alleman HS, Rock Island, Ill.).

Karlee Quaritsch (Palatine HS, Palatine, Ill.) belted a two run home run, her ninth of the year, in the top of the seventh to give Augustana a 7-0 lead heading into the bottom of the inning.

Ritzheimer struck out seven and allowed just one runner heading into the seventh. She is now 11-3 on the year.