What happened: Unseeded Austin rode terrific pitching from Teyghan Hovland and spotless defense behind him to beat No. 2 seed Hill-Murray 3-1 in the Class AAA state baseball quarterfinals at the University of Minnesota's Siebert Field. Hovland allowed just five hits. The only run off him came in the first inning.
What's next: Austin plays in Friday's 2:30 p.m. state semifinals, taking on the winner of No. 3 seed St. Thomas Academy and unseeded Little Falls.
Big inning: Austin had a tough time against Hill-Murray star pitcher Mitch Gutknecht. But the Packers got to him in the sixth inning when they scored all three of their runs, doing it on four hits and a walk.
Back at it: It was Austin first time in the state baseball tournament since 1990.
Record: Austin is 14-8, Hill-Murray 17-9.
Teyghan Hovland (Austin): The sophomore pitcher worked the first 6 2/3 innings and allowed just a single run, that in the first inning. He had 1-2-3 innings in the third, fourth and sixth innings. Hovland also had a key two-run hit in the sixth.
Dawson Mills (Austin): The third baseman led an Austin defense that didn't commit an error. Mills had a bunch of putouts at third base, including catcher a liner and then firing the ball to first base for a double play in the sixth inning.
Austin 3, Hill-Murray 1
Austin: Riley Wempner 1-for-4, 1 R; Hunter Guyette 1 R; Andrew Mueller 1-for-3, 1 R; Teyghan Hovland 1-for-3, 2 RBI; Nathan Murphy 2-for-3, 1 RBI; Dawson Mills 2-for-3. Pitching: Hovland (WP) 6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 3 K; Guyette 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K.
Hill-Murray: Matt Fleischhacker 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI; Mitch Gutknecht 1-for-3; Jack Schwartz 1 RBI. Pitching: Gutknecht (LP) 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K.