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April 25, 2009

2009 Season - Vikings earn softball split with North Central

NAPERVILLE, Illinois – Jackie Gill (Heyworth HS, Heyworth, Ill.) spun a three hitter in a rain-shortened second game as Augustana defeated North Central 6-0 in the nightcap of a College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin doubleheader on Saturday, April 25. The Vikings fell 10-2 in the first game but Gill was tremendous in the second game as she struck out two and didn’t walk a batter.

Augustana is now 27-11 on the season and 9-5 in the CCIW while North Central, which was ranked fifth in the region, is 23-10 and 10-4.

GAME 1 – NORTH CENTRAL 10, AUGUSTANA 2

The Cardinals pounded three Viking pitchers for 11 hits and 10 runs en route to a 10-2 victory in the first game of the double header. Augustana scored a single run in the top of the second inning to take a 1-0 lead when Stephanie Sarb (Lisle HS, Lisle, Ill.) homered to right field.

North Central picked up three runs in the third off Sheldon Ritzheimer (Trenton Wesclin HS, Trenton, Ill.) to go ahead 3-1. The Vikings answered with a run in the top of the fourth. Sarb led off with a single and was replaced by pinch runner Jamie Bauerlein (Lisle HS, Lisle, Ill.). Bauerlein then stole second and Christine Trojanowski (Evergreen Park HS, Evergreen Park, Ill.) doubled her home.

However, the Cardinals answered with one run in the fourth and then put up four in the fifth and two in the sixth to end the game early.

GAME 2 – AUGUSTANA 6, NORTH CENTRAL 0

Jackie Gill (Heyworth HS, Heyworth, Ill.) moved her record to 12-6 with a three hitter to help lift Augustana to a 6-0 victory in the second game. Gill struck out two and did not walk a batter.

The Vikings scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning as Brittany Snoreck (Carl Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.) singled in one run and Christine Trojanowski (Evergreen Park HS, Evergreen Park, Ill.) singled home two more.

There was a lightning delay in the second inning and the game resumed over an hour later. Chrissy Rosin (Niles West HS, Morton Grove, Ill.) and Karlee Quaritsch (Palatine HS, Palatine, Ill.) had RBI singles as Augustana pushed the lead to 5-0.

The Vikings added a single run in the fourth when Dawn Kernich (Mt. Olive HS, Mt. Olive, Ill.) tripled with one out and Quaritsch doubled her home.