SIOUX FALLS, SD – After sweeping Concordia-St. Paul last weekend, the Augustana baseball team hosted crosstown rival Sioux Falls on Wednesday afternoon for a double header at Karras Park Home of Ronken Field.
The first pitch is set for 15:30 on Wednesday. In accordance with Augustana’s COVID-19 protocols, participation in the Games will be open to the public with limited capacity.
All spectators must wear a mask unless they are actively eating or drinking. In addition, fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to support physical distancing. You will find the entire spectator policy here.
As always, live video and live statistics will be provided GoAugie.com/Live.
Sioux Falls was chosen to be number 13 in NSIC and comes into battle with Augustana at 12-14 overall and 8-14 in NSIC. The Cougars started the season with a four-game sweep of Truman State, before being swept by Minot State in a three-game series and Minnesota Crookston in a double header.
Sioux Falls then took two of three from Bemidji State, shared with Minnesota Duluth, was swept by UMary and dropped one game to Northern. State. In the last three series, the Cougars have dropped two of three to St. Cloud State, swept SMSU in a double header and taken two of three from Wayne State.
Augustana completed his fourth sweep of the season last weekend with three wins against Concordia-St. Paul. The Vikings have not dropped a series this season.
On the mound, Augustana pitch staff 2021 is starting to become one of the most productive in the school’s history. The Vikings lead the nation on strike per nine innings with 12.7 and have knocked out 302 opposing players through 27 matches. In addition, the staff has knocked out 10 or more hitters in nine-straight games and has achieved the feat in 20 of 27 games this season.
Sophomore is right Ryan Jares leads the troop with 44 strikes and is closely followed by southern paws Tanner Brown and Koby Bishop, both of which have 43. Max Steffens, Caleb wreath, Jed schmidt, Evan furst, Thomas brussels, Tony Lanier and Parker Hanson all also have double-digit strike sums.
On the base trails, the Vikings lead the conference in stolen bases with 73, a brand that ranks sixth nationally. Senior shortstop Sam Baier is a perfect 15-for-15 in steals this season and leads the conference in that category. Outfielders Riley Johnson and Carter Howell is right behind Baier with 14 pieces.
On the plate, Augustana leads the conference with a .336 stroke average which is 16th in the country. Six different Vikings have averages over .325, 10 or more extra-based hits and more than 20 RBIs: Howell, Baier, Johnson, junior infielder Jordan barkedjunior prisoner Will Olson and senior infielder Christian Kuzemka.
Player to watch
New Year’s prisoner Drey dirksen has maximized its opportunities this season. In 12 games played, with eight starts, Dirksen beats .412 (14-for-34) with four doubles, a triple, two homers and 14 RBIs.
One last thing
The Vikings are 33-14 in the entire series with the Cougars. At home, Augustana is 22-7 against Sioux Falls and is currently on a winning streak in three games in the series.
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