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February 25, 2012

2012 Season - Tambling, Ledezma lead Vikings to two wins

Sophomore Chaney Tambling had a grand slam and triple Saturday to help lead Augustana to wins over Messiah (15-4) and UM-Dearborn (4-3 in 8 innings).

Clermont, Fla.-Sophomore Chaney Tambling (Dwight HS, Dwight, Ill.) came through with a first-inning grand slam Saturday as Augustana pounded 13th-ranked Messiah 15-4 at Legends Way Ballpark. Sophomore right-hander Sarah Hintz (LeRoy HS, LeRoy, Ill.) picked up the win in relief and then did the same in the team's second game of the day, a 4-3 extra-inning win over Michigan-Dearborn. Sophomore Courtney Ledezma (United Township HS, East Moline, Ill.) went 5-for-7 with six RBI on the day as the Vikings improved to 3-1 on the young season.

Augustana 15, Messiah 4

Tambling's blast, along with an 11-run fifth by the Vikings allowed Augustana to avenge Friday's season-opening loss to the Falcons.

After Messiah starter Jocelyn Hickey retired the first two batters in the top of the first, sophomore Krista Watson (Coal City HS, Coal City, Ill.), Ledezma and freshman Christie Wiersema (Morrison HS, Morrison, Ill.) strung together consecutive singles. That brought Tambling to the plate with the bags full, and she responded with her second career home run to give the Vikings a 4-0 lead.

Hickey settled down after that, allowing just one base runner over the next two innings and the Flacons cut the lead in half with a pair of runs off Viking starter Ashley Yaros (Stagg HS, Palos Hills, Ill.) in the bottom of the third. Sophomore Jamie Rehmert (Sterling HS, Sterling, Ill.) came on in relief with the bases loaded and one out and pitched the Vikings out of further trouble.

In the fourth, Messiah got to Rehmert for two runs. Hintz came in and stranded a pair of Falcons to keep it tied at 4-4.

The Augustana fifth started innocently enough, as Messiah reliever Mallory Rutledge had two outs and a runner on first with Ledezma coming to the plate. The Vikings' designated player singled to left to start a string of 11 straight batters to reach base. On her second plate appearance of the frame, Ledezma delivered a two-run triple to right. When the inning was over, Augustana had scored 11 runs on six hits and with the help of three Messiah errors.

Hintz retired the Falcons without incident in the bottom of the fifth to get the win.

Ledezma and freshman Jenna Teson (Jacobs HS, Algonquin, Ill.) each had three of Augustana's 12 hits. Four Vikings scored two or more runs and five had multiple RBI.

Augustana 4, UM-Dearborn 3 (8 innings)

In Augustana's second game of the day, Ledezma drove in all four Viking runs including Dawn Kernich's (Mt. Olive HS, Mt. Olive, Ill.) in the bottom of the eighth, which gave coach Kris Kistler's club the win.

The Wolves manufactured a run off Wiersema in the second to take a 1-0 lead, but Ledezma's three-run triple to center in the bottom of the third put Augustana on top. The Vikings missed an opportunity to add a run in the fourth when Tambling led off with a triple was out at the plate on a failed squeeze attempt.

UM-Dearborn chipped away, cutting it to 3-2 with a run in the sixth and tying it with another in the seventh. In the seventh, the first two Wolves reached off Wiersema, bringing Hintz on again in relief. She gave up a game-tying single to the first batter she faced, Shantel Uballe, but fanned Mackenzie Everson and got Bridget Miller to pop out to end the inning and leave two UM-Dearborn runners stranded.

The Vikings went quietly in the bottom of the seventh and Hintz fanned a pair as she set the Wolves down in order in the top of the eighth.

The Augustana eighth started with Kernich at second base, per tiebreaker rules. She moved to third on a Watson single to left and scored the game-winner when Ledezma singled to center.

Ledezma and Watson each had two hits in the contest and Hintz improved to 3-0 this season with the win.