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March 18, 2012

2012 Season - Konecke's brisk effort leads Vikings

Sophomore Brian Konecke worked seven solid (and quick) innings as Augustana defeated Olivet 5-0 on Sunday, March 18 in Ft. Myers, Florida. Konecke allowed just two hits and struck out five as he moved his record to 3-0 on the season.

FT. MYERS, Florida - It was getaway day for Augustana's second trip to Florida and sophomore right hander Brian Konecke (Lakes HS, Itasca, Ill.) did his part to make sure the Vikings weren't scrambling to make their flight. Konecke worked seven crisp innings and got the win as Augustana defeated Olivet 5-0 on Sunday, March 18 at Terry Park in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Thanks to Konecke's strong effort and a few timely hits, the Vikings wrapped up their second Florida trip with a 4-0 record. Augustana is now 11-2 overall heading into the home opener on Wednesday, March 21 against Monmouth at Swanson Stadium/Brunner Field. The first pitch is set for 3:00 p.m.

Konecke went seven innings as he upped his record to 3-0. He only allowed two hits while striking out five and walking three. He helped himself out in the field, contributing three putouts and two assists. When he turned the game over to the Augustana bullpen with a 5-0 lead after seven innings, the efficiency continued.

Junior Rick Erickson (Lake Zurich HS, Hawthorn Woods, Ill.) and senior Josiah Martin (Canton HS, Canton, Ill.) worked perfect eighth and ninth innings respectively to close out the game. Each faced just three batters and both hurlers had two strikeouts.

The Vikings picked up the only runs they would need in the second inning. Senior leftfielder Mike Barker (Grandview HS, Centennial, Colo. - now resides in Marina del Rey, Calif.) led off with a single to center field. He moved to second on a ground out and junior designated hitter Jared McIntosh (Davenport Assumption HS, Davenport, Iowa) walked. Junior first baseman Grant Stewart (Sterling HS, Sterling, Ill.) delivered with a ringing double to left center to plate both Barker and McIntosh. Stewart was thrown out on the play trying to stretch his hit into a triple.

In the bottom of the third senior right fielder Kevin Serna (Rolling Meadows HS, Arlington Heights, Ill.) singled to lead things off. He went to third when a pick-off attempt by Comet starter Kyle Fisher sailed down the first base line. Serna scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0.

Stewart came through again in the sixth with a two-out single to center field to score Cecchi and McIntosh. Cecchi had doubled and McIntosh reached on a fielder's choice.

The Vikings only produced six hits in the game with Stewart collecting two and four runs-batted-in. Augustana was helped by three Olivet errors.

Olivet vs Augustana

Mar 18, 2012 at Ft. Myers, Florida (Terry Park)

  Olivet 0 (3-4)                                                   Augustana 5 (11-2)

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

  Aaron Krieger cf.........  3  0  0  0   0  1  1  1   0           Jeremy Juhl ss...........  3  0  0  0   1  0  0  2   0

   Jonny Zawacki ph/cf.....  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0           VanNatta, Mark cf........  4  0  0  0   0  1  2  0   0

  Tom Kort 2b..............  3  0  0  0   0  1  1  3   1           Schmidt, Kurt 2b.........  3  0  0  0   0  2  3  1   0

   Conner Magro ph.........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0            Lenihan, Kyle ph/2b.....  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  1   0

  Randy Young ss...........  2  0  1  0   1  0  1  3   0           Barker, Mike lf..........  2  1  1  0   0  1  0  0   1

   Trevor Bowers ph........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0            VanDuyne, Jacob ph/lf...  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0

  Andrew Brawley 1b........  2  0  0  0   1  1 10  0   0           Cecchi, Joe 3b...........  4  1  1  0   0  0  0  1   0

   David Hernandez ph......  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0           McIntosh, Jared dh.......  2  2  1  0   1  0  0  0   0

  Joey Myers dh............  2  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0           Stewart, Grant 1b........  3  0  2  4   0  1  9  2   0

  Justin Pitt rf...........  3  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0           Sandberg, Jim c..........  3  0  0  0   0  0  9  0   2

  Austin Clark c...........  3  0  0  0   0  2  7  1   3           Serna, Kevin rf..........  3  1  1  0   0  0  1  0   0

  Andrew Engle lf..........  3  0  1  0   0  1  1  0   0           Konecke, Brian p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  3  2   0

  Tyler Olinske 3b.........  2  0  0  0   0  0  1  2   0            Erickson, Rick p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0

   Drew Thompson ph/3b.....  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  1   0            Martin, Josiah p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0

  Kyle Fisher p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  2   0

   Collin McCririe p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0

  Totals................... 28  0  2  0   3  9 24 13   4           Totals................... 29  5  6  4   2  6 27  9   3

 

  Score by Innings                    R  H  E

  Olivet.............. 000 000 000 -  0  2  3

  Augustana........... 021 002 00X -  5  6  0

  E - A. Krieger; K. Fisher 2. DP - Augustana 1. LOB - Olivet 4; Augustana 3. 2B - A. Engle; Cecchi(4); Stewart(6). HBP -

  Barker.

  Olivet                 IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF                   Augustana              IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF

  Kyle Fisher.........  6.0  6  5  4  2  5 23 26                   Konecke, Brian......  7.0  2  0  0  3  5 22 25

  Collin McCririe.....  2.0  0  0  0  0  1  6  6                   Erickson, Rick......  1.0  0  0  0  0  2  3  3

                                                                   Martin, Josiah......  1.0  0  0  0  0  2  3  3

 

  Win - Konecke (3-0).  Loss - K. Fisher (0-2).  Save - None.

  WP - K. Fisher. HBP - by K. Fisher (Barker).

  Start: 9:02 am   Time: 1:56   Attendance: 43