Northwestern (17-3) travels to Sioux Falls, S.D. to take on Augustana (7-6) in a single nine inning game today at Ronken Field on Augustana's campus. Today's game is scheduled to start at 4:30pm. A junior varsity seven inning game will follow the varsity game.
The Vikings have gone 7-3 in their last ten games and are hitting 0..307 as a team. They have scored 85 runs in 13 games (6.5runs per game) and have had 36 extra base hits with 30 stolen bases. Tony Viger leads the way with a 0.426 average and eight doubles. Marcus O'Neill leads the team with 14 runs scored and is currently hitting 0.400. Jack Goihl (0.378) leads Augie with 15 RBI and six stolen bases. Alex Fink (0.340) and Kye Winter (0.333) are also both above 0.300 for coach Tim Huber.
On the mound, Augustana has a 6.21 team ERA and opponents are hitting 0.285 off the Viking pitching staff. Tyson Gau (0-2, 4.80 ERA) and Ryan Hamilton (1-0, 4.97 ERA) have each made three starts. Derek Quame leads the staff with a 1.00 ERA and two saves in nine innings. Michael Letkewicz is 2-0 in five relief appearances and has struck out 18 hitters in 9.2 innings. Kye Winter (1-0, 4.82 ERA), Bennett Johnson (1-2, 5.79 ERA), and Cole Jenkins (1-1, 8.49 ERA) have each made two starts.
Augustana is scheduled to open conference play on Saturday and Sunday in a four game set with Northern State.
The Red Raiders have won their last 17 games after dropping the first three of the season in Oklahoma. Northwestern is currently hitting 0.324 as a team and has scored 138 runs in 20 games (6.9 runs per game). The Raiders have had 51 extra base hits and have stolen 31 bases. Skyler Wheeler (0.388) leads Northwestern with 26 hits and nine doubles and is second with 21 RBI. Tony Schultz has a team high 0.444 average in 13 starts. Cody Groskreutz (0.338) leads Northwestern with 13 extra base hits, and 25 RBI. Micah Linn (0.333) has scored 21 runs to pace the Raider offense. Mitch Peschon (0.308) has smacked four home-runs and has stolen nine bases to lead the Raider attack. Erik Widener (0.383) and Gavin Okada (0.313) are other Raider starters above 0.300.
On the mound, Northwestern currently has a staff ERA of 3.92. Josh Turner (1.99 ERA) and Matt Piocos (2.43 ERA) lead the team with four wins a piece. Ryan Brasser (2-0, 2.31 ERA) and Isaac Horigan (2-0, 3.05 ERA) have each thrown over 20 innings this season while Tyler Stuerman (1-0, 3.29 ERA) leads the team with two saves. Jason Willet (1-0, 1.80 ERA) has made three appearances out of the bullpen while Alec Forbes (1-2, 1 save, 5.62 ERA) is tied with Stuerman and Turner for the team lead with six appearances. Northwestern pitchers have struck out 134 batters and walked 52.
Northwestern is next scheduled to take on Viterbo in a doubleheader at Southeast Polk High School in Pleasant Hill, Iowa on Friday at 4:00pm.
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