Baseball: Vikings drop final 2 in Arizona

Mar 25th, 2014 @ 9:22 am | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
Williams 15, VCSU 9 - Box Score
Luther 16, VCSU 15
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The Valley City State baseball team put up plenty of runs Monday, but lost a pair of slug fests to end its spring trip to Arizona.

The Vikings dropped a 15-9 game to Williams College to open the day, and then closed the trip with a 16-15 loss to Luther College on Monday night. On the day, VCSU's offense racked up 40 total hits and 24 runs.

Valley City State is now 9-18 overall, and posted a 5-11 record on the trip to Arizona.

Up next: VCSU is scheduled to play four games at Dickinson State (4-18) this weekend, with a doubleheader on both Saturday and Sunday.

Williams College 15, VCSU 9
The Vikings had 22 hits in the game, but could not overcome a eight-run third inning by Williams College.

Brady Anderson continued his hot streak with a four-hit day at the plate. Cole Honl collected three hits and three RBIs and Nate Bagby added three hits as well.

Chris Holden took the loss after allowing seven hits and five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. Cory Pudas and Devon Wu each pitched in relief.

Luther College 16, VCSU 15
Valley City State's 18 hits and 15 runs was not quite enough in the final game in Tucson. Luther College rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to knock off the Vikings 16-15.

The Vikings trailed 7-3, led 11-7 and then trailed 13-11 in a back-and-forth game. Two runs in the eighth and two more in the top of the ninth gave the Vikings a 15-13 lead before Luther College's final rally.

Brady Anderson blasted two home runs and finished 3-for-6 with three runs and three RBIs. Anderson, who was named the North Star Player of the Week on Monday, tallied 11 hits in the final three games in Arizona and is batting .535 (23-43) over the past nine games. He raised his season average to .447.

Cole Honl continued his strong day at the plate by going 4-for-6. He extended his hitting streak to five games and is batting .520 (13-25) over that stretch. Tom Houdek finished 3-for-6, scored three runs and drove in three more. Nate Bagby and Robert Wiley each added a pair of hits.

Anthony Necochea was charged with the loss after coming on with one out and two men on in the ninth inning. Chase Carpenter made the start for VCSU, working 4 1/3 innings and allowing nine hits and eight earned runs. Mike Gershman worked 3 2/3 innings in relief, and Anderson worked a 1/3 of an inning after starting the ninth.