NCAA SOFTBALL: Vikings’ pitchers hold down SMSU

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – No. 13 Augustana’s Janelle Trautmann and Karlee Koopman combined to toss a one-hitter to defeat Southwest Minnesota State 7-0 in Game 1 of a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader played on Tuesday at Bowden Field.

Game 1

Augustana 7, SMSU 0

Kaley Scearcy’s single through the left side in the fourth inning broke up starting pitcher Trautmann’s no-hit bid. Trautmann worked six complete innings and struck out nine Mustangs before giving way to Koopman, who pitched a perfect seventh.

Rachel Hoeppner (7-11) worked all six innings for the Mustangs and gave up seven runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits, walked one and struck out four.

Augustana received multi-hit performances from Carly Peterson and Sarah Kennedy while Jordan Schaffer picked up two RBIs in the contest.

Game 2

Augustana 6, SMSU 0

Augustana, fueled by a pair of two-run home runs in the fifth and sixth, downed SMSU 6-0 to complete the two-game sweep on Tuesday. SMSU was blanked in each contest and combined to earn just five hits in the doubleheader.

Alex O’Connor (4-13) took the loss for the Mustangs in game two as she gave up six earned runs and six walks in six innings of work.

SMSU (8-24-2, 8-11-1 NSIC) returns to Mustang Field to close out the 2014 home schedule when the Mustangs host Winona State and Upper Iowa on Friday and Saturday. Saturday is senior day as the Mustangs will celebrate the careers of two senior members – Kaley Scearcy and Jennifer Johnson, who will be playing in their final home games in a Mustang uniform.

Game 1

AUGUSTANA 7, SMSU 0

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HITTING: Southwest Minnesota State (Scearcy 1-for-3); Augustana (Nichol 1-for-3, single, RBI, run; Alstott 1-for-3, single, RBI; Kennedy 2-for-4, single, double; Spanton 1-for-2, HR, walk, RBI, two runs; Schaffer 1-for-3, single, two RBI, run; Peterson 2-for-3, two singles, two runs).

PITCHING (IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO): Southwest Minnesota State (Hoeppner 6.0-8-7-5-1-4); Augustana (Trautmann 6.0-1-0-0-2-9, Koopman 1.0-0-0-0-0-2).

Game 2

AUGUSTANA 6, SMSU 0

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HITTING: Southwest Minnesota State (Nichol two walks; Alstott walk; Scearcy 1-for-3, single; Neely 1-for-3, single; Olson 1-for-3, Kalkman 1-for-2, single); Augustana (Kennedy 2-for-4, two singles, run; 1-for-3, HR, two RBI, run; Spanton 1-for-2, single, walk, RBI, run; Schaffer 2-for-3, single, HR, three RBI, run).

PITCHING (IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO): Southwest Minnesota State (O’Connor 6.0-6-6-6-6-3-1); Augustana (Pickett 6.0-4-0-0-0-4, Koopman 1.0-0-0-0-0-0).

RECORDS: Southwest Minnesota State (11-24-1, 8-11-1 NSIC); Augustana (33-8, 16-4 NSIC).