Augustana fell behind early and dropped a 3-2 decision to Minnesota State Friday in Mankato in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Central Region 2 Tournament.

The Vikings (32-16) allowed three Maverick (39-10) runs in the first on a hit batter, walk, and back-to-back singles.

Augie got on the board in the sixth, as Carly Patterson's two-run homer brought the Vikings to within one, but that was all the scoring Augustana could muster.  On the day, Augie pounded out nine hits but left 12 runners on base.

The Vikings now get the loser of Southeastern Oklahoma State and Winona State, Friday at 1:30 in an elimination game.