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March 3, 2010

2010 Season - Capital uses late surge in 11-9 softball win

Capital erupted for seven runs in the final two innings to hand Augustana a 11-9 defeat in non-conference softball action on Wednesday, March 3 in Clermont, Florida. The defeat snaps a four game winning streak for the Vikings, who are now 4-2 on the young season.

Augustana was ahead 5-4 heading into the top of the sixth inning when Capital parlayed just two hits into a five run inning off junior reliever Rachel Perry (Chillicothe IVC, Chillicothe, Ill.). Three walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch did the Vikings in although one of the hits was a two run triple off the bat of Chris Alvich. After putting five runs on the board in the sixth, Capital came back and scored two runs in the top of the seventh.

Offense has not been a problem for Augustana on this spring break trip and it certainly wasn’t in this game either as the Vikings clubbed 12 hits, including six extra base knocks. In the bottom of the first inning the Blue & Gold put two runs on the board thanks to an RBI single from senior Brittany Snoreck (Carl Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.) and a run scoring triple off the bat of junior Melissa Nelson (West Aurora HS, Aurora, Ill.).

Capital scored four runs in the top of the third off Viking starter Erica Aten (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) to take a 4-2 lead. The Crusaders had five hits in the inning and took advantage of an Augustana error.

Down 4-2, the Vikings scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to go ahead 5-4. Aten’s two run triple to left field was the big blow in the inning.

Aten gave way to senior Jackie Gill (Heyworth HS, Heyworth, Ill.) in the fifth and Gill had no trouble before turning things over to Perry in the top of the sixth.

Augustana scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth and two runs in the bottom of the seventh but it was not enough.
Aten and senior shortstop Chrissy Rosin (Niles West HS, Morton Grove, Ill.) each had three hits with Rosin collecting three RBI and scoring a run. Aten drove in two runs and scored a pair as well. Snoreck had two hits with a run scored and an RBI.