Melsted earns 800th career win as Viking Softball extends winning streak

WINONA, Minn. – Head coach Gretta Melsted earned her 800th career victory in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader sweep against Winona State. The Vikings extended their win streak to 20 after a strong day at the plate.

Augustana improved to 38-13 this year and 23-1 in the NSIC. Winona State fell to 28-18 overall and 12-8 in the NSIC.

Game one: Augustana 11, Winona State 1
Augustana opened the scoring in the first inning and rode the lead to victory Grace Glanzer he struckout four batters in a complete game on the mound. Andrea Cain started the game well with a leadoff bomb to left field.

Winona State tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the third inning.

Augustana’s bats caught fire in the fifth inning with a total of six runs. Cain led off the inning with her second blast of the game. Desi Cuevas followed the Viking home run to deep right-center.

The score moved to 5-1 Stella Harber put up two runs with a double off the wall and scored Grace Brink And Torri Chute.

Liz Dierks joined the party with a single through the right side to score Harber and Nicole Bellis, pushing the Vikings ahead to 7-1. Glanzer struckout two batters in hopes of ending the fifth inning.

Ashton Dorman scored the eighth run in the seventh inning on an error by the second baseman. Cain collected her third hit of the game with a single through the right side to score Hailey Houston and Dierks for her fourth RBI of the game. Glanzer made quick work of the Warriors’ batting lineup in the bottom of the seventh inning to secure Melsted’s 800th career victory.

Augustana had 12 hits with three home runs. Glanzer moved to 18-3 on the season with four strikeouts and one earned run.

Game two: Augustana 11, Winona State 8
The Vikings continued their momentum in the second game as they took an early 1-0 lead after Brink stole home plate in the second inning. The Warriors tied the game in the bottom of the second with an RBI double to left center.

Buckman regained Augustana’s lead with a sacrifice fly in the top of the third, bringing Cain home.

Winona State took the lead in the bottom of the third on back-to-back singles, making the game 4-2 in favor of the Warriors.

Cain answered back for the Vikings with a grand slam in the top of the fourth inning as she drove home her third home run of the day.

Augustana controlled the fifth and sixth inning, supported by home runs from Brink and Harber. The Warriors scored their fifth run of the day in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Buckman joined the party with a home run in the seventh before Bellis belted a two-RBI single to make the game 11-5.

Winona State made its best attempt to come back, but fell short by a score of 11-8.

Augustana collected 12 hits for 10 RBIs and relied on it Lexi Lander, Helene Krage And Haley Grimmius who combined for six strikeouts.

Next one
Augustana continues its road trip as it heads toward Concordia-St. Paul Sunday afternoon with a doubleheader at noon and 2 p.m

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