KISSIMMEE, Fla. (KWSN) – Theresa McMahon belted a 1-0 pitch to left field in the bottom of the first to break the Augustana career home run record. McMahon’s record-setting blast set the tone as the Viking offense exploded on day two of the Rebel Spring Games. Augustana moved to 7-3 on the season with victories over Tiffin (Ohio) and Caldwell College.
Jenelle Trautmann faced just 15 batters, surrendering one hit in four innings of work as the Augustana batters provided their ace with an early lead. McMahon started the Vikings off with her solo shot in the first after Trautmann set the Dragons down in order.
Jenny Brown was knocked in by Jordan Schaffer after reaching second and sealing third. Spanton , who forced Brown to second by getting hit by a pitch, scored when Chelsi Winscowski reached on an error by the Tiffin shortstop and the Vikings led 3-0 after one inning.
Trautmann then sat down six of the next seven batters setting up the Vikings for a big third inning. Spanton, Winscowski, and Erin Kempf all singled forcing Tiffin to change pitchers, but that wouldn’t change the Dragons’ fate.
Brittany Coufal stepped into the box and hammered the first pitch she saw, sending it over the left field fence for a grand slam. Coufal’s home run gave the Vikings a 7-0 lead entering the fourth inning.
Trautmann then surrendered her first hit of the game when Caitlin Houk pushed a single through the left side in the fourth inning. Trautmann fanned the next two batters and finished the side with a popout to shortstop.
Carley Picket relieved Trautmann and in three innings of work, the freshman allowed one run on two hits while striking out four Tiffin batters.
Coufal tallied a game-high four runs batted in on two hits and six other Vikings recorded one hit each.
McMahon’s four hits sparked 14 hits from Augustana as the Viings scored eight runs in the first three innings and coasted to a 10-6 win over Caldwell College.
McMahon opened the game with a single to right field setting up Trautmann for a two-run home run to left field. In the bottom half of the first, Trautmann hit the first batter before sitting down the next three Caldwell hitters dispelling the early Cougar threat.
A Winscowski single and two walks loaded the bases for Brown who extended her hitting streak to open the season to 10 with a single to center field knocking in another run to give the Vikings a 3-0 lead.
In the third inning, the Vikings took advantage of walks and scored two runs to force the Caldwell starting pitcher to the bench. After the pitching change, McMahon continued to terrorize the Cougar pitching staff with a two-RBI single through the right side. Brown pushed the fifth run across the plate with a groundout to the shortstop.
Trautmann continued to deal from the circle now with an eight-run lead, not giving up a single hit in her first three innings of work. Pickett came on in relief for Trautmann and gave up an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth.
The Vikings go one back in the top of the fifth, but Caldwell returned the favor in the bottom half. Pickett gave up two singles and a walk before walking in two runs in consecutive at-bats.
Trautmann relieved the freshman and gave up a run on an illegal pitch before a single knocked in two more runs. The 9-1 Viking lead turned into a three-run gap after Caldwell scored five in the bottom of the fifth.
Both teams were held scoreless in the sixth inning and Augustana tallied an insurance run in the seventh before Trautmann closed the door on the Cougars with three outs I the bottom of the seventh.
Trautmann’s record improved to 6-2 on the season as she tallied six strikeouts and 10 groundouts in her 5.2 innings of work, earning the win in both games.
Courtesy: Eric Zahn - Augustana Athletics