St. Cloud State dropped both games Sunday afternoon against Augustana University. After the series between these teams this weekend, Augustana holds a half-game lead over St. Cloud State for the top spot in the NSIC conference.
The Huskies ended up losing game one 8-3. The Vikings scored first in the game on an outfield error with the bases loaded that allowed one run to come home. Huskies third-basemen Zak Hoffman hit a two-run home run in the second inning to give the Huskies the lead 3-2, their only lead for the remainder of the game.
Vikings pitcher Ryan Hamilton pitched a complete game in game one, allowing only three runs to score on four hits. Hamilton walked three batters and struck out four. Huskies pitcher Sheldon Miks received his second loss of the year that drops his record to 8-2 after his four and two-thirds innings pitched. Miks struck out three batters while giving up eight runs on nine hits, three of the eight runs given up were unearned due to miscues in the field.
The Huskies struck first in game two from a RBI single in the first inning by right-fielder Karl Sorensen. Sorensen got three hits in four at-bats and hit in the only run for the Huskies in game two. After the one run scored in the first the Vikings kept the Huskies scoreless for the rest of the game, putting up runs in multiple innings to secure the win 5-1
Augustana pitcher Michael Letkewicz earned his third win this season that improves his record to 3-1. Letkewicz gave up six hits that only led to one run in seven innings pitched. Letkewicz struck out five batters and walked two.
Huskies pitcher Kevin Bolder lost his first game of the year, moving to a 5-1 record. Bolder gave up five runs on seven hits in five innings pitched. Bolder walked four batters and struck out five.
St. Cloud State (28-4) officially end their first home stand of the year, traveling to Bismarck, North Dakota to take on the University of Mary (5-21) in a doubleheader Wednesday April 20. The Huskies will look to bounce back after losing back to back games for the first time this season.
Augustana will go to Winona to face off against Winona State (10-18) on Wednesday, April 20 where Augustana will attempt to stay atop the NSIC conference.