Baseball: Vikings drop openers at Midland

Mar 10th, 2014 @ 9:12 am | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
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The Valley City State baseball team suffered a pair of tough losses this weekend as the Vikings went 0-3 at Midland University (Neb.).

Playing their first games of the spring season, the Vikings lost 7-2 on Saturday, and then were swept 8-6 and 16-4 on Sunday. A pair of pinch-hit home runs by Midland swung the first two games in their favor.

Up next: Valley City State (4-7) travels to Tucson, Ariz., for its annual spring trip. The Vikings will play 16 games from March 13-24. Up first is a doubleheader with Dordt College (Iowa) on March 13.


Saturday: Midland 7, VCSU 2
Valley City State's Mike Gershman launched a solo home run in the top of the eighth inning to pull VCSU within one run at 3-2, but Midland answered in the bottom of the inning with a pinch-hit grand slam that put the game out of reach.

The Vikings racked up eight hits in the contest, led by two hits and an RBI from Gershman. Brady Anderson added a hit and an RBI. Hayden Johnson had a hit and scored a run.

The Viking struck first, scoring a single run in the top of the third inning when Anderson's single plated Johnson. Viking starting pitcher Bryce Venaas was dominant, allowing just three hits and one walk in five shutout innings. VCSU held the 1-0 lead until Midland tied it up in the bottom of the sixth with a single run. The Warriors took the lead for good with two runs in the seventh.

Viking pitcher Chip Rosales took the loss, allowing six hits and seven runs in 2 2/3 innings.


Sunday: Midland 8, VCSU 6
For the second game in a row, a pinch-hit home run was the difference.

After trailing 5-2 early, VCSU rallied and took a 6-5 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning after scoring two runs in the fifth and one each in the six and seventh innings.

Midland would have the answer in their final at-bat of the seven-inning game. The tying run scored on a wild pitch, and then Cole Gray hit a pinch-hit walk-off home run to end the game for Midland.

Viking pitcher Chris Holden took the loss, allowing two hits and three runs in one inning of work. Jaime Villarreal pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings of middle relief. Starter Corey Pudas allowed seven hits and five runs – just one earned run – in 4 innings. Valley City State committed five errors in the game.

Cole Honl and Mike Jones led the Viking offense with three hits each. VCSU outhit Midland 12-11 in the loss. Honl was one of three Vikings to go deep with home runs in the game. Dan Buehner added two hits, including a solo home run. Mike Gershman also hit a home run, his second of the weekend.


Sunday: Midland 16, VCSU 4
VCSU led 1-0 early, but Midland erupted for 14 runs in the third and fourth innings en route to the big 16-4 win. Viking pitchers walked 11 Midland batters.

Brady Anderson led the Viking offense with three hits and a run scored. Anthony Necochea added two hits and a run. Mike Gershman and Kevin Jones each collected a hit and an RBI.
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