Augustana Pitcher Nears Record

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Augustana continued it’s Arkansas road trip on Tuesday with a double header against Harding University.  This was the Augie’s 4th and 5th games in a 3 day span so they are having to dig deep into their pitching staff to get through this stretch.

The team ended with a split as they lost the first game 9-3 but came back and won the second game 9-7 with a 2 run 2 out rally in the final inning.  In the first game, Harding had their way at the plate as they scored 9 times in the first 5 innings.  The Augies move to 3-2 on the season and finish their Arkansas adventure with a final 9 inning tilt this afternoon before heading back to South Dakota.  The recap can be found here – Augies Split With Harding

As for the “near record” I mentioned – in the 2nd game, Augustana’s starting pitcher, Ezra Campbell, was charged with 6 wild pitches (in just 4.1 innings!).  I was struck by how large that number was so I looked it up and the record for wild pitches in a single Division 2 baseball game is 7 by Jeff Sparks of West Texas A&M in 1994.  Since 7 is the record and Ezra had 6 it’s probably safe to say that he has at least tied or set a new Northern Sun Conference record.  It wasn’t a good game for either team’s pitchers & catchers as the teams combined for 10 total wild pitches.  The NCAA record books can be found here – NCAA Baseball Records

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