AUSTIN EDITION Blue Devils get swept on the road

WORTHINGTON -- The Riverland baseball team continued its struggles on the road Tuesday with a pair of losses to Minnesota West.

The Blue Devils have yet to win on the road this season. West swept the Minnesota Community College Conference, South Division twinbill by scores of 4-0 and 10-1.

Mike Haugen went the distance on the pitching mound for Riverland in the opener and took the loss. Haugen gave up eight hits, five walks, and three strikeouts.

Haugen had the only hit for the Blue Devils in the opener off winning pitcher Ryan Place, who struck out 17 in the shutout.

Jason Pehler was the pitcher for the Blue Devils in the late game and he provided the lone offensive highlight of the day. Pehler hit a solo homer in the top of the third to give Riverland a short-lived lead.


The lead for the visitors didn't last long as the home team rallied for nine runs in the bottom of the third inning. West batted around in the inning with Andrew Harbert hitting both a double and a three-run homer in the bottom of the third.

"It was just another tough day on the diamond," Riverland coach Scott Koenigs said. "We couldn't hit the ball in the first game and wasted a pretty good pitching effort by Haugen.

"Then, we got the lead in the late game and watched it disappear in that one bad inning. It's been a tough season so far, but hopefully we can get it turned around and get some wins at home this weekend."

Riverland (2-11, 2-7) hosts Minnesota West on Saturday in a conference doubleheader scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

First game


Riverland 000 000 0 -- 0 1 4

; MN. West 003 010 x -- 4 8 1


; Haugen and Perrigo; Place and Myrlie.

Second game


Riverland 001 000 0 -- 1 5 1

; MN. West 009 100 x -- 10 11 2

; Pehler and Perrigo; Johnson and Winter.

2B -- RIV, Walerak; MW, Raymo, Johnson, Harbert. HR -- RIV, Pehler; MW, Place, Harbert.

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