Baseball: Vikings go 3-1 at Dickinson

Mar 30th, 2014 @ 7:01 pm | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
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Chris Holden and Corey Pudas combined to allow just nine hits and one run on Sunday as Valley City State swept Dickinson State in a baseball doubleheader.

Holden pitched a complete-game shutout in Dickinson, allowing just four hits and walking one in a 5-0 win to close the doubleheader. Pudas set the tone with a complete-game in the opener, allowing just five hits and one run in a 9-1 win.

The Sunday sweep earned a series victory for the Vikings who split at Dickinson on Saturday, losing 6-4 and winning 23-8.

Brady Anderson and Cole Honl continued swinging hot bats in Dickinson. Anderson finished the weekend 9-for-16 with 7 runs, 13 RBIs and a home run. He drove in 8 runs in the 23-8 victory. Honl went 7-for-14 with 7 runs and 7 RBIs at Dickinson. He blasted two home runs – both 2-run shots in the 6-4 loss.

Valley City State's 3-1 weekend improves their season record to 12-19 overall and 3-1 in Frontier/North Star play.

Up next: VCSU is scheduled to play doubleheaders at University of Jamestown on Saturday (1/3 p.m.) and Sunday (12/2 p.m.).

Saturday: Dickinson 6, VCSU 4
Honl's two 2-run home runs were not quite enough for the Vikings in game one of the weekend. His shot in the first inning put VCSU up 2-0, and his home run in the third tied it at 4-4. Dickinson would take the lead for good with one run in the fourth inning, and added an insurance run in the sixth.

The Vikings managed just four total hits. Tom Houdek and Dan Buehner each had one hit. Bryce Venaas took the loss on the mound, allowing eight hits and six runs – five earned runs – in six innings.

Saturday: VCSU 23, Dickinson 8
The Viking bats came alive in a big way in the second half of the doubleheader. VCSU bashed out 16 hits –┬áincluding nine extra base hits – as they won 23-8.

Anderson led the charge at the plate as he hit for the cycle. Anderson finished the game 4-for-5 with five runs and eight RBIs. His day included an RBI triple, a 2-run home run, a single and a 3-run double.

Anthony Necochea collected three hits and drove in four runs. Tom Houdek hit a 2-run home run and finished with four RBIs. Honl added three hits and three runs. As a team, VCSU had four doubles, three triples and two home runs.

The Vikings scored four runs in both the third and fourth innings to open up a 10-2 lead. Dickinson cut it to 14-8 at one point before VCSU scored three in the eighth and six runs in the ninth.

Mike Gershman picked up the win as the beneficiary of the offensive explosion. He worked 6 2/3 innings on the mound, allowing 11 hits and eight runs. Brandon Welinski and Jaime Villarreal each worked scoreless innings in relief.

Sunday: VCSU 9, Dickinson 1
Anderson continued his torrid pace with four more hits and five more RBIs as the Vikings opened Sunday with a 9-1 win. As a team, VCSU tallied 14 hits. Jake Rambow, Anthony Necochea, Dan Buehner and Nate Bagby all collected two hits each. Bagby added two runs and two RBIs.

Each team scored a single run in the first inning, but Corey Pudas shut out Dickinson over the final six innings, allowing just five total hits. He faced just 25 batters in the 7-inning game.

VCSU scored in each of the first five innings, breaking open a 4-1 game with three runs in the top of the fourth.

Sunday: VCSU 5, Dickinson 0
Chris Holden picked up his first win of the season as he pitched a complete-game shutout to close the weekend. He faced just 24 total batters, allowing four hits and walking one.

The Vikings gave Holden a 1-0 lead in in the top of the first, and that's all he would need.

The Viking offense tallied eight hits by seven different players, and scored five runs. Five different Vikings each had one RBI. Jake Rambow led the offense with two hits, a run and an RBI.