Sport: Baseball.

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.

THURSDAY'S STARS

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

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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.

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Pat covers tennis, girls basketball, football, soccer, track and field, and baseball. He also writes about Gophers football and basketball, and the Timberwolves. He’s been reporting for the Post Bulletin since 1994.

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