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March 17, 2012

2012 Season - Nine run fourth keys win over WLC

Junior centerfielder Mark VanNatta had two hits, scored three runs and collected an RBI as Augustana defeated Wisconsin Lutheran 16-6 to move to 10-2 on the year. It was the eighth straight win for the Vikings.

FT. MYERS, Florida - Augustana took advantage of some shaky fielding by Wisconsin Lutheran in a nine run fourth inning and parlayed that into a 16-6 non-conference baseball victory on Saturday, March 17 in Ft. Myers, Florida. It was the eighth straight win for veteran head coach Greg Wallace's crew as the Vikings moved to 10-2 on the year.

Wisconsin Lutheran nicked Augustana started Jared McIntosh (Davenport Assumption HS, Davenport, Iowa) for single runs in the first and second inning to take a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth. Junior centerfielder Mark VanNatta (Rock Island Alleman Catholic HS, Moline, Ill.) reached on an error and junior second baseman Kurt Schmidt (Grayslake Central HS, Grayslake, Ill.) laid down a sacrifice bunt attempt and he also reached on an error with VanNatta scampering to third. VanNatta scored Augustana's first run of the game on a wild pitch from Warrior starter Alex Raver with Schmidt going to second. Senior leftfielder Mike Barker (Grandview HS, Centennial, Colo. - now resides in Marina del Ray, Calif.) beat out a bunt for a single that moved Schmidt to third.

Junior third baseman Joe Cecchi (Romeoville HS, Romeoville, Ill.) doubled to right field to score Schmidt with the tying run and move Barker to third. Senior right fielder Kevin Serna (Rolling Meadows HS, Arlington Heights, Ill.) lifted a sacrifice fly to right field that plated Barker to give the Vikings a lead they would not relinquish. Cecchi scored on a passed ball to make it 4-2 and junior first baseman Grant Stewart (Sterling HS, Sterling, Ill.) and junior catcher Jim Sandberg (JK Mullen HS, Littleton, Colo.) followed with walks.

With one out and Augustana leading 4-2, senior designated hitter Anthony Concialdi (Fremd HS, Barrington, Ill.) dropped a fly ball into right field. Stewart got a late jump off of second base but was ruled safe at third on the throw to attempt to get a force out. That loaded the bases and junior shortstop Jeremy Juhl (Glenbard East HS, Lombard, Ill.) made Raver pay by ripping a single that scored Stewart and Sandberg. The throw from the outfield came home but was too late to get Sandberg. Concialdi was scampering to third and drew a throw that sailed into the left field corner, allowing both Concialdi and Juhl to score.

That made it 8-2 and the Vikings would add one more run when VanNatta reached on a walk, stole second and came home on Barker's single, his second hit of the inning.

Augustana scored two in the fifth, one in the sixth and ended the game early with four runs in the eighth when sophomore Jacob VanDuyne (Wilmington HS, Wilmington, Ill.) ripped a bases-loaded double.

Junior Jared McIntosh (Davenport Assumption HS, Davenport, Iowa) worked 5 2/3 innings and gave up six runs, three of them earned, while striking out seven to pick up the victory. He is now 1-0 on the season. He needed relief help from freshman Seth Davis (JK Mullen HS, Aurora, Colo.), who worked the final 2 1/3 innings and struck out two.

Juhl continued his hot streak with three hits and three runs-batted-in while scoring two runs. VanNatta and Barker each had two hits while Schmidt and VanNatta scored three runs apiece. Augustana had 12 hits in the game and got help from five Wisconsin-Lutheran errors.

The Vikings will wrap up their second Florida trip of the season with a 9:00 a.m. contest against Olivet College on Sunday, March 18 at Terry Park in Ft. Myers.

Wisconsin-Lutheran vs Augustana

Mar 17, 2012 at Ft. Myers, Florida (Red Sox Player Dev.)

  Wisconsin-Lutheran 6 (1-8)                                       Augustana 16 (10-2)

  Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB           Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB

  Day, Garrick 2b..........  3  3  1  0   1  0  1  2   0           Jeremy Juhl ss...........  5  2  3  3   0  1  1  2   0

  Nevils, Cody cf..........  4  2  4  3   0  0  0  0   0           VanNatta, Mark cf........  4  3  2  1   1  0  0  0   1

  Martin, Doug 1b..........  3  0  1  0   1  1  8  0   0           Schmidt, Kurt 2b.........  2  3  0  0   1  0  1  2   0

  Schoen, Tyler c..........  3  0  0  0   0  3  4  1   0           Barker, Mike lf..........  4  2  2  1   1  1  2  0   1

   Koceja, George c........  1  0  0  0   0  1  2  1   0           Cecchi, Joe 3b...........  3  1  1  3   1  1  2  1   1

  Hodkiewicz, Joey 3b/p....  4  0  3  3   0  0  0  1   0           Serna, Kevin rf..........  3  0  0  1   0  2  0  0   0

  Braaten, Sam rf..........  1  0  0  0   1  1  2  0   0            VanDuyne, Jacob ph......  1  0  1  2   0  0  0  0   0

   Youngbeck, Brett rf.....  2  0  0  0   0  1  3  0   3           Stewart, Grant 1b........  3  2  1  0   1  1  8  2   0

  Mattheis, Sam ss.........  4  0  1  0   0  0  1  1   3           Sandberg, Jim c..........  3  2  1  1   1  1  8  2   0

  Redman, Jacob dh.........  3  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0           Concialdi, Anthony dh....  3  1  1  0   1  0  0  0   0

   Zahn, Ian dh/3b.........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0           McIntosh, Jared p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0

  Vredeveld, Connor lf.....  4  1  1  0   0  0  0  0   0            Davis, Seth p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0

  Raver, Alex p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0

   Kalous, Jordan p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0

   Smith, Josh p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0

   Gustafson, Steve p......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0

  Totals................... 33  6 11  6   3  9 21  7   6           Totals................... 31 16 12 12   7  7 24 11   5

  Score by Innings                   R  H  E

  Wisconsin-Lutheran.. 110 022 00 -  6 11  5

  Augustana........... 000 921 04 - 16 12  2

  Note: None out, 2 runners LOB when the game ended.

  E - Day; Schoen 2; Koceja; Raver; Juhl, Jeremy(7); Stewart(3). DP - Augustana 1. LOB - Wis Lutheran 6; Augustana 5. 2B -

  Hodkiewicz; Vredeveld; VanNatta(2); Cecchi(3); VanDuyne(3); Stewart(5). HBP - Schmidt. SH - Schmidt(3). SF - Cecchi(2);

  Serna(1). SB - Day; VanNatta(2); Schmidt 2(8). CS - Nevils; Concialdi(1).

  Wisconsin-Lutheran     IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF                   Augustana              IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF

  Raver, Alex.........  3.1  5  8  1  3  2 14 19                   McIntosh, Jared.....  5.2  9  6  3  3  7 26 29

  Kalous, Jordan......  1.2  4  3  1  1  2  9 10                   Davis, Seth.........  2.1  2  0  0  0  2  7  7

  Smith, Josh.........  2.0  0  1  0  0  3  5  7

  Gustafson, Steve....  0.0  2  4  4  2  0  2  4

  Hodkiewicz, Joey....  0.0  1  0  0  1  0  1  2

  Win - McIntosh (1-0).  Loss - Raver (0-2).  Save - None.

  WP - Raver; Kalous; McIntosh 2(2). HBP - by Smith (Schmidt). PB - Schoen 3; Sandberg(3).

  Umpires - HP: Bob Rocco  1B: Bruce Driggers

  Start: 9:02 am   Time: 2:47   Attendance: 63

  Gustafson, S faced 4 batters in the 8th.

  Hodkiewicz faced 2 batters in the 8th.