Baseball: Viking offense triggers 11-7 victory

Mar 18th, 2014 @ 2:17 pm | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
VCSU 11, Hastings 7 - Box Score
Doane 15, VCSU 6 - Box Score

The Viking bats came alive Tuesday morning as VCSU blasted 16 hits in an 11-7 victory over Hastings College (Neb.)

The Valley City State baseball team scored runs in five of the first seven innings, including a tone-setting four-run rally in the top of the first inning.

In the afternoon, the Vikings were on the other side of an offensive explosion. Doane College erupted for 15 runs in a 15-6 win over VCSU.

Valley City State is now 7-12 overall and is 3-5 during the spring trip to Tucson, Ariz.

VCSU 11, Hastings 7
Cole Honl's two-run double sparked a four-run first inning for the Vikings, who never trailed in the contest.

VCSU added a single run in the third for a 5-0 lead. Hastings fought back to within 5-4 after scoring three in the third and one in the fourth, but the Vikings scored two runs each in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to pull away. Leading 11-4 in the bottom of the seventh, the Vikings avoided major trouble as Hastings scored three runs but left the bases loaded.

Six different Vikings collected at least two hits each in the game. Honl paced the offense with three hits, two runs and three RBIs. Robert Wiley also collected three hits, scored twice and drove in two. Anthony Necochea finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Jake Rambow went 2-for-3, scored three runs and drove in one. Kayl Hamre and Nate Bagby also had two hits each and combined for three runs and two RBIs.

The Vikings batted .432 in the game (16-for-37) and drew six walks.

Bryce Venaas earned the win on the mound. The senior from Fargo pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and three earned runs while striking out five. He improved his record to 2-2.

Jaime Villarreal pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings to close out the victory.

Doane 15, VCSU 6
Valley City State scored all six of its runs in the bottom of the second inning, but Doane scored at least two runs in six different innings en route to the win.

The Vikings committed five errors that led to five unearned runs in the game. Doane racked up 19 hits.

Brady Anderson paced the Viking offense with two hits and an RBI. Robert Wiley and Mike Gershman each had a hit and drove in two runs apiece.