Mike Gershman pitched a complete game shutout Saturday as Valley City State blanked Dakota State 3-0 in game one of a doubleheader at Charlie Brown Field.
Gershman allowed just three hits in seven shutout innings. He was not exactly dominant – striking out just one batter – but walked only one and faced just 25 total batters.
Valley City struck first with a single run in the bottom of the second. Catcher Dan Buehner drew a one-out walk. Pinch runner Derek Elliott stole second and then came in to score on Rob Wiley's two-out single to center.
In the bottom of the fifth, VCSU added a pair of insurance runs on a two-run single off the bat of Jake Rambow. Wiley opened the inning with a walk and Kayl Hamre followed with a single. Jared Meiklejohn bunted the runners up before Rambow delivered his big two-out hit.
VCSU had just five total hits in the game, but made them count. Rambow, Anthony Necochea, Brady Anderson, Wiley and Hamre all had one hit each.
Game 2: Dakota State 4, VCSU 3 (11 innings)
Game two of the doubleheader was a classic as the Trojans and Vikings battled for 11 innings before Dakota State earned a 4-3 victory.
Dakota State built an early 3-0 lead after a two-run home run by David Halstead in the third inning. The Vikings battled back with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings and then tied it on Jared Meiklejohn's RBI double in the bottom of the eighth.
After scoreless ninth and tenth innings, Dakota State put together two two-out singles to plate a run in the top of the 11th inning. Meiklejohn reached based on a one-out infield single in the bottom of the inning, but was stranded at first base to end the game.
Chip Rosales pitched all 11 innings for the Vikings, scattering 11 hits and allowing four earned runs. He walked four and struck out five.
Mike Chartier earned the win for Dakota State, pitching two scoreless innings in relief.
Meiklejohn led the Viking offense with a 3-for-4 game and an RBI. Nate Bagby added two hits and an RBI, and Cole Honl also had two hits in the game. Brady Anderson came up with an RBI single.
Valley City State won three out of the four games this weekend against Dakota State after picking up a sweep on Friday, 3-2 and 5-2. The Vikings are now 15-22 overall and 6-4 in conference play.
Up next: The Vikings host University of Winnipeg for a pair of non-conference games on Wednesday, April 16 at 2 and 4 p.m.