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Augustana claims D II Softball Title
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Augustana claims D II Softball Title

Augustana wins women's Division II Softball Championship


Sports Staff - May 28, 2019

DENVER, Colo. -- Needing a pair of wins on Memorial Day, the Augustana Softball team knocked off Texas A&M-Kingsville, 6-4, in game one and outlasted the Javelinas, 6-4, in game two to claim the 2019 Division II Softball National Championship. The Vikings win the best-of-three series, 2-1.

The title marks the second in program history for Augustana. The Vikings claimed the 1991 national title under legendary coach Sandy Jerstad. Augustana (61-11), also tied the program record for wins in a single season with 61.

Augustana earned six spots on the DII all-tournament team, including pitcher Ashley Mickschl who was named most outstanding player. Mickschl pitched a total of 26.1 innings, allowing eight earned runs and striking out 14. Maggie Kadrlik, Kendall Cornick, Ashley Mickschl, Shannon Petersen, Kara McDougall and Mary Pardo.

Augustana head coach Gretta Melsted is proud of the program for not only winning the title but playing the game the right way and representing Augustana.

"Just an incredible day and an incredible performance from our program," Melsted said. "We always tell them - if you play the game the right way - if you're respectful of the game, the game will give back. We feel like today, the game gave back."



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