SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Playoff baseball carries on for the No. 18-rated Augustana baseball squad and for the 3rd-consecutive period, the Vikings are off to the regionals. Central Missouri, the No. 1 seed in the event, is established to host the NCAA Central Regional Tournament in Warrensburg, Missouri, at Crane Stadium at Tompkins Field.
Augustana, the No. 2 seed, is set to acquire on the No. 5 seed Southern Arkansas Muleriders Thursday at 7 p.m. in its very first matchup of the double elimination match. The Muleriders, 27-14 so considerably this season, fell to Henderson State in the initially spherical of the Excellent American Meeting Match. The Vikings, 36-11 on the year, fell to No. 13-ranked Minnesota State in the NSIC Championship, finally shifting to 3-2 in the time sequence in opposition to the Mavericks.
With a earn, Augustana would play the winner of the Minnesota State vs. Arkansas Tech matchup. Minnesota Condition checks in as the No. 3 seed with Arkansas Tech at No. 4. With a decline, the Vikings would play the loser of the exact matchup. Minnesota Condition, the NSIC Champion, went 37-8 on the season even though Arkansas Tech went 28-15 on the period after falling to Henderson Point out in the GAC Championship.
The ultimate inaugural match of the event options the No. 1 seed and host Central Missouri Mules and the No. 6 seed Henderson Point out Reddies. Central Missouri went 39-6 this season, winning the MIAA standard-time title and MIAA Tournament Championship. Henderson Condition went 26-17, profitable the GAC Championship as the No. 7 seed in the event.
The entire bracket for the NCAA Central Regional can be uncovered here.
Nationally, the Viking pitching personnel proceeds to rank No. 1 in strikeouts for every nine innings with 11.6 and shutouts with eight. Total, Augustana pitchers have struck out 492 opponents in 47 games and with eight a lot more strikeouts they will be a part of the 2018 Nationwide Championship team as the only two teams in school historical past to realize 500 strikeouts with the 2018 group logging 559 in 61 games.
The employees is led by sophomore righty Ryan Jares (1.56 Era with 88 strikeouts), freshman righty Caleb Kranz (1.95 Era with 48 strikeouts), senior lefty Koby Bishop (2.53 Period with 72 strikeouts), senior righty Max Steffens (2.81 Period with 54 strikeouts) and junior lefty Tanner Brown (2.86 Period with 67 strikeouts).
In addition to their prime-5 strikeout totals, the Vikings boast 5 far more pitchers with 20-plus strikeouts in Evan Furst, Jed Schmidt, Parker Hanson, Tony Lanier and Thomas Bruss.
On the basepaths, Augustana ranks 2nd in the nation in stolen bases with 121 on the year. 27 of those steals can be attributed to the Vikings’ leadoff man, sophomore outfielder Carter Howell. Senior shortstop Sam Baier and senior heart fielder Riley Johnson comply with Howell with 21 and 20 steals, respectively. Juniors Jaxon Rosencranz and JT Mix have also damaged double digit steal totals with 17 and 10, respectively.
At the plate, the Viking offense claims the 16th greatest batting common in the state with a .328 clip. Howell potential customers the charge with a preposterous stat line: a .430 batting normal, 80 hits (2nd in the state), 12 doubles, four triples, nine homers, 44 RBIs, 56 operates scored (12th in the place), a .683 SLG%, a .507 OBP% and the aforementioned 27 steals (seventh in the place).
Junior catcher Will Olson, senior infielder Christian Kuzemka and junior infielder Jordan Barth sign up for Howell as Vikings hitting over .335 with 50-in addition hits, 30-additionally runs scored, 40-plus RBIs and 15-additionally added-foundation hits.
Freshman infielder Max Mosser (hitting .412 with 35 hits in 85 at-bats), Baier (hitting .311 with 9 homers and 38 RBIs), Johnson (hitting .302 with four homers and 35 RBIs), the crimson-incredibly hot junior outfielder Jaxon Rosencranz (hitting .301 with 7 homers and 23 RBIs) and Blend (hitting .286 with nine excess-foundation hits and a .390 OBP%) round out the relaxation of the Augustana offense.
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