SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Michael Willman Jr. threw a no-hitter in Augustana's 7-1 win over Morningside College (22-25) in game two of a doubleheader on Sunday. Willman finished the game with a career-high 11 strikeouts while allowing one unearned run.
Augustana won the opener 10-2 and after the sweep improves to 31-15 on the season, marking the fourth straight year with 30-plus wins in a season.
The last time Augustana threw a no-hitter was on March 17, 2006, when six Viking pitchers combined to hold Minnesota Crookston hitless in an 18-0 win.
Game one Augustana scored seven runs in the first inning on its way to a 10-2 victory in the first game of today's doubleheader. Tony Viger led the Vikings at the plate going 3-for-4 while scoring three runs. Jake Petersen finished the day going 2-for-4 with a triple that drove in three runs in his second at bat in the top of the first inning.
Petersen started off the first inning with a bunt single and came around to score when Marcus O'Neill singled to right field. On the play, the right fielder misplayed the ball allowing Petersen to score from first and O'Neill to reach third on the error.
After O'Neill scored on a passed ball, Viger and Alex Fink delivered back-to-back-singles and after Kye Winter flew out, Nate Hewes loaded the bases after getting hit by a pitch. Jack Goihl was also hit by a pitch to drive in the game's third run.
Zach Dibble drove in the fourth run as he beat out an infield single and was followed by Petersen's three-run triple that gave the Vikings a seven-run cushion.
Morningside answered right back in the top of the second inning pushing two unearned runs across to make the score 7-2.
Augustana tacked on a run in the third, fourth and sixth inning to bring the final score to 10-2. In the third, Brian Duxbury drove in a run with an RBI single while Kye Winter did the same in the fourth. Augustana added an unearned run in the sixth inning for its 10th run of the game.
Tyson Gau made his second appearance of the season and picked up his second win. Gau threw four innings allowing two unearned runs while striking out seven batters. Matt Musser and Chad Becker combined to throw two scoreless innings for the Vikings.
Game two Morningside grabbed the lead in the top of the first inning of game two, scoring an unearned run. The Vikings answered by scoring three in the bottom of the first inning. O'Neill scored the inning's first run on a passed ball before the Vikings plated two more on an odd play.
With Viger on second base and Fink at the plate, Fink singled to right field, scoring Viger on the play, but the right fielder mishandled the ball allowing Fink to score all the way from first base, giving the Vikings a 3-0 lead.
Hewes followed Fink with a single but Morningside would get out of the inning without further damage as David Borchardt grounded into a double play.
Fink finished the game 1-for-1 with an RBI and two runs scored, but he improved his season batting average to .473.
Winter delivered a 3-for-3 performance in the nightcap for Augustana, picking up three singles and a run scored.
The early lead helped Willman get into a groove on the hill as the sophomore kept the Mustang bats silent on the day. Willman struck out two batters in five of the seven innings as he delivered Augustana's first no-hitter in seven years.
Augustana pushed its lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning on an RBI single by Winter before the Vikings tacked on three more in the sixth, sparked by a towering leadoff home run by Borchardt. The Vikings pushed two more runs in on sacrifice flies by Dibble and Petersen.
Augustana will now carry its school record 15-game winning streak into a big doubleheader with St. Cloud State on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in St. Cloud, Minn.