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Augie falls short in CCIW: The Augustana baseball team suffered a pair of heartbreaking losses Saturday to finish as the runner-up in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin baseball tournament.

Needing two wins Saturday to claim the title, North Central rallied twice from deficits in the ninth inning to earn 12-11 and 13-12 wins over the Vikings to secure the CCIW championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III national tournament.

In the title-clinching Game 2 victory, the Cardinals overcame a three-run deficit with a four-run ninth inning rally to stun the Vikings.

In Game 1, the Vikings used quite a rally themselves to get in position for the win and the CCIW title. North Central scored seven runs in the third inning and led 10-0 after five in Saturday’s opener before Augie scored the next 11 runs to grab an 11-10 lead entering the ninth.

North Central’s John Carmody delivered a two-out RBI single off Nick Refka for the winning runs.

In Game 2, Augustana stormed out of the gates with a five-run first inning and led 10-3 after three innings. North Central scored the next six runs to seal the win and the conference title.

Ryan Kairis and Cayton Wallace drove in four runs apiece for the Vikings in the second game. Mike Avella had two hits and two RBIs in the first game for Augie (30-14).

Black Hawk sweeps: The Black Hawk baseball team defeated Moraine Valley 15-7 and 21-3 on Saturday to advance to the NJCAA Region IV tournament beginning next Thursday.

The Braves, ranked 17th in the nation, improved to 36-8 on the season with the pair of victories.

Women's tennis

Chicago ousts Vikings: The ninth-ranked women's tennis team from the University of Chicago ended the most successful season in Augustana history Saturday with a 5-0 win over the Vikings in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament.

The Maroons improved to 17-4 with the win at Stagg Courts, setting the tone by allowing only five points while sweeping Augustana in doubles play.

The loss ended the Vikings' season at 25-7, the most wins ever by an Augustana women's tennis team.

— Staff report

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