VCSU 11, Hastings 5 - Box Score
Bethesda 5, VCSU 3 - Box Score
The Viking baseball team posted a 1-1 record on Thursday, picking up an 11-5 victory over Hastings but dropping a 5-3 contest to Bethesda.
Valley City State is now 8-13 overall and is 4-6 on its trip to Tucson, Ariz.
VCSU continues its spring trip with a 2:30 p.m. CDT contest against Doane (Neb.). VCSU lost to Doane 15-6 on March 18.
VCSU 11, Hastings 5
The Viking offense racked up 14 hits and 11 runs to open the day with a big win. Most of the fireworks came in the fourth inning where Valley City State scored 10 runs on 10 hits. Tom Houdek started the rally with 2-run home run to deep left-center. Later in the inning, he added a 2-run single.
Valley City State sent 15 batters to the plate in the fourth inning and had nine straight batters reach via hit or walk. Houdek finished the game with two hits and four RBIs, all of which came in the fourth inning. Jake Rambow went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Anthony Necochea and Robert Wiley each added two hits. Anthony Meyer drove in two runs.
Pitcher Corey Pudas was the recipient of the offensive support. He picked up the win on the mound after working four innings, allowing eight hits and four earned runs. Brandon Welinski and Chase Carpenter combined for three innings of no-hit ball in relief.
Hastings led 5-0 before VCSU's decisive fourth-inning rally put them ahead for good.
Bethesda 5, VCSU 3
Chris Holden pitched seven strong innings for Valley City, but the Viking offense was unable to string hits together Thursday night in a 5-3 loss to Bethesda.
VCSU outhit Bethesda 10-7, but the Vikings left 11 runners on base.
Brady Anderson was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate and drove in a run for the Vikings. Nate Bagby and Cole Honl each added an RBI.
Holden allowed just four hits and one earned run in seven innings of work. VCSU trailed 2-0 after the seventh inning, but got one back in the top of the eighth. Bethesda extended the lead with a 3-run rally in the eighth inning to go up 5-1.
The Vikings rallied in their final at-bat, scoring two runs and putting the tying run on second base, but Tom Houdek was retired on a groundout to end the game.