Jamestown 4, VCSU 1 - Box Score
Jamestown 3, VCSU 2 (8) - Box Score
After postponing their softball series last weekend, the Vikings and Jimmies were finally able to open the 2014 conference season Tuesday on the football turf of VCSU's Shelly Ellig Field.
Despite some solid Viking pitching it was Jamestown that came away with a pair of victories – winning 4-1 in game one, and then rallying for a 3-2 extra-inning win in game two.
Valley City State drops to 11-15 overall and 0-2 in conference play. Jamestown moves to 11-11 overall and 2-0 in conference play.
Up next: The Vikings host Mayville State on Wednesday for a doubleheader at noon and 2 p.m.
Jamestown 4, VCSU 1
A 3-run third inning proved to the be difference in game one of the doubleheader. Jamestown opened the scoring with a 3-run rally in the top of the third. The Vikings plated one in the bottom of the inning but could get no closer.
Emily Snow held Valley City State to just four total hits, one each by Savannah McMillin, Mackenzie Hamre, Stephanie Lahey and Katarina Boychuk.
Samantha Nalley was charged with the loss after allowing five hits and four runs (three earned) in four innings. Ashley Metcalf pitched three scoreless innings in relief.
Jamestown 3, VCSU 2 (8 innings)
The two teams combined to leave 23 runners on base in game two of the doubleheader as VCSU pitcher Lindsey White and Jamestown pitcher Hanna Dunnigan worked their way out of several jams.
The Vikings broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth when Shayna Taffinder came around to score on a Jamestown error. In the sixth inning, the Vikings loaded the bases with one out but could not push across a run, leaving the score 1-0.
The missed opportunity in the sixth would come back to haunt the Vikings as Jamestown forced extra innings after scoring one run in the top of the seventh.
In the eighth, the Jimmies pushed two runs across for a 3-1 lead. The Vikings got one back on a laser-shot home run to left-center by Liz Hall-Sewell, but Jamestown held on for the 3-2 victory.
Hall-Sewell, Taffinder and Brittany Lehner all had two hits each to lead the offense. Katie Cameron and Taylor Schroeder each added one hit each.
White was tagged with the loss after scattering 12 Jamestown hits and allowing three runs (two earned) in 7 1/3 innings.