Baseball: Pitching, offense lead VCSU past Middlebury

Mar 24th, 2014 @ 9:43 am | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
Oberlin 8, VCSU 0 - Box Score
VCSU 12, Middlebury 2 - Box Score
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A 6-run first inning and a solid pitching performance led the Valley City State baseball team to a 12-2 victory over Middlebury College on Sunday in Arizona.

It salvaged a split day for the Vikings, who earlier had dropped an 8-0 contest to Oberlin College. The Vikings are now 9-16 overall and 5-9 on their trip to Arizona.

VCSU wraps up the Arizona spring trip with a doubleheader on Monday against Williams College (2 p.m. CDT) and Luther College (6 p.m. CDT).

Oberlin 8, VCSU 0
The Viking bats mustered just five hits in Sunday's loss to Oberlin College. All five hits came from different players. VCSU left eight men on base.

Bryce Venaas was solid in his start on the mound. The senior worked six strong innings, allowing seven hits and two earned runs while striking out four.

VCSU 12, Middlebury 2
The Viking offense came alive in game two on Sunday. VCSU posted 6 runs in the first inning to build a commanding lead it would never relinquish. The first six batters of the game reached base safely to start the VCSU rally, and Ryan Hammargren capped off the 6-run inning with an RBI double. VCSU sent 10 men to plate in the first inning and collected five hits.

The Vikings added three more runs in the third inning and three in the eighth, ending the game an inning early due to to 10-run rule.

Brady Anderson led the offense with 4 RBIs and a 4-for-6 day at the plate to raise his season average to .415.

Anthony Necochea went 2-for-5 with a run and 2 RBIs. Hammargren also collected two hits, a run and two RBIs. Nate Bagby scored a run and drove in two. VCSU racked up 11 hits and 12 runs, but still left 14 runners on base.

Starting pitcher Chip Rosales was the beneficiary of the offensive rally. He pitched a complete game for the win, allowing seven hits and two runs – both unearned – in eight innings. Rosales struck out 10 Middlebury batters while walking just one.