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AUSTIN EDITION - Surdy stops Faribault on two hits

Packers pick up first win of season

FARIBAULT -- Jamie Surdy threw a two-hit shutout on Thursday against Faribault to give the Austin baseball team its first win of the season.

The Austin Packers banged out seven hits, all singles, and took advantage of five Faribault errors for a 6-0 win in Big Nine Conference play. Those were the first runs of the season scored by the Packers, after they were shutout in their season opener.

Surdy had a strong game in going the distance on the hill. The Austin hurler fired a pair of strikeouts, walked three, and allowed only two hits in his first mound start of the season.

The offense of the Packers got it going with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning and that set the tone for the shutout on the road. Josh Berhow led off with a single to start the initial run-scoring rally.

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Alex Kasak then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Berhow into scoring position at second base. Tim Kirby followed with an RBI single and Austin had the lead for good.

The rally continued when Kirby stole second and Josh Dunfee reached on an error to put runners at the corners. Mike Astrup drove in the second run on a fielder's choice groundout.

"We did a good job of taking advantage of their mistakes and manufactured some runs," Austin coach Troy Watkins said. "It was good to score a couple of runs right away and get the lead. Those early runs gave Jamie a little confidence."

The Packers made it 3-0 with a run in the top of the fourth. Dunfee walked to lead off the inning and went to second on a fielder's choice. He then scored off a pair of wild pitches uncorked by Falcons hurler Nate Rost.

In the fifth, Austin added another run to its lead. Kasak reached on an error with two outs and then stole second base. Kirby then knocked him home with an RBI single.

The final rally of the day resulted in two runs on no hits. Kasak started the rally by reaching base on an error. Kirby then reached on another error to put runners at the corners.

Facing the first and third situation, Kirby made a break to steal second base. Drew Polvin, the Faribault catcher, tried to catch Kasak off third but instead threw it over his head. Kasak scored and Kirby went to third, later scoring off a wild pitch.

"We got a couple of hits that kick started our offense in the first and it got the guys rolling," Watkins said. "Their pitcher had a nice curve with a nasty break and their catcher had a time getting to the ball. Those errors led to some runs. Jamie did a nice of throwing strikes. He kept them off balance with his curve and change-up and we played good defense behind him with no errors."

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Austin (1-1, 1-1) plays host to Waseca today at 5 p.m. at Marcusen Park.

AUSTIN 6, FARIBAULT 0

Austin 200 110 2 -- 6 7 0

; Faribault 000 000 0 -- 0 2 5

; Surdy and Wiechmann; Rost and Polvin.

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