What: VCSU Baseball vs Presentation College
When: Friday at 1/3 p.m.; Saturday at 12/2 p.m.
Where: Charlie Brown Field - Valley City
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The Viking baseball team is in search of more conference wins this weekend when they host Presentation College for a 4-game set at Charlie Brown Field.
The Easter weekend series begins Friday with games at 1 and 3 p.m. The series wraps up Saturday with games at noon and 2 p.m.
Valley City State is coming off a 3-1 weekend at home against Dakota State. The Vikings improved their season record to 15-22 overall and are now 3-3 in North Star play and 6-4 in North Star/Frontier play.
All four games against Presentation count towards the North Star Athletic Association standings. Presentation College is currently 7-34 overall but the Saints have a win over conference leader University of Jamestown, and some tight losses to Mayville State and Dickinson State.
Valley City State's offense has been led most of the season by sophomore Brady Anderson, who is 7th in the nation in batting average at .451, and ranks Top 10 in the nation in four more categories. Anderson leads the NAIA in hits per game (1.759) and total bases per game (2.793). He is 5th in triples per game and 10th in total triples (5). Anderson is also 13th in slugging percentage (.717).
Six other Vikings are batting .300 or better. Kevin Jones is hitting .457 in limited at bats. Senior Dan Buehner is at .367; Anthony Necochea is at .323; Cole Honl is batting .321; and Nate Bagby is at .316. Hayden Johnson is hitting .345 in limited at bats.
Anderson leads the team with 32 RBIs. Honl has driven in 30 runs and leads the team with four home runs.
Viking pitchers put together a solid weekend against Dakota State, allowing just eight total runs in four games. Mike Gershman had the most impressive performance, pitching a complete-game shutout and allowing just three hits in a 3-0 win on Saturday.
Chris Holden and Corey Pudas turned in quality starts on Friday, and in the second game Saturday Chip Rosales took a hard-luck extra-inning loss after pitching 11 innings and allowing four earned runs.