It was a game that carried a magnitude of emotions with momentum that shifted from team to team, but in the end, the fifth-seeded Augustana Baseball team upset top-seeded Florida Southern, 6-5, Sunday night in the Division II College World Series from the USA National Baseball Complex.
The Vikings improved to 2-0 in the CWS and will play Thursday, May 31 at 6 p.m. (CT) against an opponent yet to be determined.
With the win, Augustana improved to 50-9, while Florida Southern dropped to 43-10-1 on the season.
Clinging to a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, J.T. Mix found a gap in left field that scored Lucas Wylie, who singled to center earlier in the inning, to give the Vikings a 6-4 advantage.
In the top of the eighth inning, Florida Southern's Austin Mauer sent a solo shot down the left field line to pull FSU within 6-5.
Augustana senior pitcher Zach Reeg entered the contest with one down in the top of the eighth inning and recorded the games final five outs for the save to keep the Vikings on the winning side of the bracket.
In the bottom of the first inning, Michael Svozil singled to left field to pick up the first hit of the game for the Vikings. Sam Baier followed Svozil with another single to left field. A Ryan Nickel walk loaded the bases for Augie and back-to-back balks from Florida Southern starting pitcher J.J. Niekro allowed Svozil and Jordan Barth, who reached on a fielder's choice, to score to give the Vikings a 2-0 lead.
The Vikings tacked on three more runs in the bottom on the second inning. Ryan Menssen clobbered his third home run of the year to left field to give Augustana a 3-0 lead. Svozil and Johnson added the fourth and fifth runs to the scoreboard on a dropped fly ball from Florida Southern.
David Flattery, a senior from Fort Dodge, Iowa, earned his sixth win of the year in a five inning, six strikeout performance.
Mix (2-for-3) tabbed a multi-hit game for Augustana while Svozil, Baier, Wylie, Barry and Menssen each recorded an RBI.
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