Softball struggles through weekend doubleheaders

Kevin Sethre, Staff Writer

The Augsburg softball team had a busy weekend, playing a home doubleheader against Macalester on Saturday before another home doubleheader against St. Olaf on Sunday. The Auggies went 1–3, dropping their record on the season to 12–14, 4–6 in the MIAC.

Augsburg was shut out by Macalester in the first game on Saturday, losing 4–0. The Auggies outhit the Scots 7–6 but were unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities. Anesia King and Sam Anderson both had multi-hit games. Anderson also pitched the whole game and struck out six batters.

Offense came early and often for the Auggies in the second game, as they scored in each of the first three innings on the way to an 8–5 win. Jacqueline Nichols had three hits in four at-bats, scored twice and drove in four runs. Her three-run homerun in the sixth inning put Augsburg ahead 8–4. King also had a great game. She had a hit in all four of her at–bats, drove in two runs and scored three more.

The first game on Sunday against St. Olaf was a pitcher’s duel. Nobody scored until the ninth inning when the Oles hit a walk-off single to win 1–0. The Auggies were held hitless through the entire game, struck out 16 times and were only able to get four baserunners on from walks. Anderson pitched well, striking out eight while holding the Oles to only five hits and one run over 8 2/3 innings.

Augsburg’s offensive struggles continued in the second game, as they were only able to score one run on five hits. The Auggies also committed five errors, which played a crucial role in the 7–1 loss to St. Olaf. The lone run came in the fifth inning when Sarah Garcia’s sacrifice ground out to second allowed Elly Strunk to score.

Augsburg hosts St. Catherine University on Saturday and College of Saint Benedict on Sunday.

This article was originally published in the April 12, 2019 issue.