Auggie baseball splits doubleheader with Johnnies

Dominick Ingram, Staff Writer

The Augsburg men’s baseball team has hit a rough patch, winning just one out of their last six games, making their record 8–22 on the season. The Auggies (8–22, 4–12 MIAC) split a doubleheader with the St. John’s Johnnies this past weekend with a 4–2 win and a walloping 12–3 loss on Saturday.

In the first game on Saturday, the Auggies were led by their ace Jamie Kaye who pitched his sixth complete game of the season, allowing only two runs on seven hits in the opener. Kaye struck out five against just one walk and seven hits, improving to 5–2 on the season. Kaye’s six complete games are tied for the most among MIAC pitchers in overall statistics. His 52.2 innings pitched this season are second-most in the MIAC, as well as his 51 strikeouts. His 1.88 ERA is sixth-best in the MIAC.

Saint John’s got on the board first, scoring a run in the first inning. The Auggies were able to answer back in the third, trying the ballgame when Mike Brookshaw smacked a double to right field and then later scored on an RBI groundout by Travis Schmidt. After a back and forth affair, Walker Rogers scored on a Daniel Phyle single, and pinch-hitter Ryan Masui drove in Phyle on a single to left field in the bottom of the inning to seal the win. In game two, the Auggies were able to get on a fast start by scoring first in the second game but were unable to hold off the Johnnies after that. Saint John’s was seeing the ball well all game and were able to capitalize on the Auggies’ four errors, winning 12–3.

With the season coming to a close, the Auggies are hoping their bats get hot so they can finish the season on a strong note. The Auggies will face Gustavus this Saturday in St. Peter in another doubleheader.

This article was originally published in the April 26, 2019 issue.