Oles save split with Auggies but miss MIAC playoffs
May 9, 2013
NORTHFIELD, Minn. - Alex Lampert tossed a complete game victory in game two as St. Olaf won a 7-2 decision and split an MIAC baseball doubleheader with Augsburg in the season finale.
St. Olaf (20-15, 9-9 MIAC) finished in a fourth place tie, but missed the league's six-team playoff. The Oles were one of five teams in the league that finished with a .500 record, and two [St. Olaf and Gustavus] didn't get a berth. The congested standings had eight teams within two games of each other.
St. Olaf was first announced as the sixth seed in the tournament after the MIAC's two doubleheaders (Saint Mary's-Concordia was the other) were completed around 7 p.m. But an error was found in one of the league's exhaustive tie-breaking mechanisms moments later, and the field was reset with Saint John's in the tournament and the Oles out.
Around 11:30 a.m. this morning, the league released to administrators and coaches all nine scenarios that could take place in the doubleheaders with a matrix of tie-breakers that would be used. No one found the error until after the brackets were released in the evening.
"The situation is one that we are not only embarrassed about, but extremely apologetic," said the league's executive director, Dan McKane. "This is not how we desire to conduct business and we feel very sorry for anyone that was adversely affected."
Earlier this month the league's coaches and administrators modified the tournament from a four-team, double-elimination event to a six-team, single-elimination structure after the late spring did not allow for all teams to complete the conference schedule.
Game One: Augsburg 4, St. Olaf 2
Augsburg rallied back from a 2-0 deficit in the sixth in order to grab a 4-2 lead and the game one victory.
The three sixth inning hits, including a two-RBI single by Gordon Kappers accounted for the entirety of the Auggies' scoring.
The game remained scoreless until the Oles took the lead on the first of Chris Paradise's RBI singles in the third inning.
His second came in the 5th inning to double the Ole lead, but St. Olaf failed to capitalize on two errors from the Auggie defense and left the inning with the bases loaded.
Anders Dzurak takes the loss on the mound for St. Olaf, pitching six innings giving up five hits and striking out four. Tim Maus put in one inning of relief work.
Brady Sand went 2-for-3 at the plate.
Game Two: St. Olaf 7, Augsburg 2
With their playoff hopes hanging in the balance and trailing by one, St. Olaf broke the game open in the middle innings en route to a 7-2 victory.
Highlighted by four RBIs by Nick Kulla, the Oles notched four runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth to take control of the game.
Alex Lampert was steady on the mound, pitching a complete game surrendering five hits while striking out three.
Jack Schechninger went 3-for-4 on the plate in a game where the first five in the Oles' batting order accounted for all ten of their hits.