Apr 27th, 2014 @ 5:56 pm | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
The Valley City State University baseball team won a pitcher's duel Saturday at Mayville State University to earn a doubleheader split.
Corey Pudas pitched a complete-game five-hitter as the Vikings held off the Comets 2-1 in the opener. In game two, VCSU lost a slugfest 13-10.
Valley City State is now 18-27 overall and 6-8 in the North Star Athletic Association.
VCSU 2, Mayville 1
Pudas was on his game Saturday as he gave the Vikings a chance to win. Pudas allowed just five hits and one unearned run in the bottom of the fourth.
VCSU never trailed in the game, scoring single runs in the third and fourth innings.
In the third, Jared Meiklejohn doubled with two outs and then came around to score on a Mayville State error. In the top of the fourth, Kayl Hamre drew a leadoff walk and then moved to third on Jake Rambow's one-out single. Hamre then came in to score on a ground ball off the bat of Nate Bagby to give the Vikings a 2-0 lead.
Mayville would score one unearned run in the fourth but Pudas shut the door the rest of the way.
Mayville State 13, VCSU 10
After combining for just 11 hits and three runs in game one, the two teams hammered out 37 combined hits and 23 runs in a game two slugfest.
Mayville State went on top early with three runs in the first inning and built an 11-2 lead after seven innings. The Vikings would make the game interesting though, sending 12 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs in the top of the eighth to pull within 11-9.
The Comets added two more insurance runs in the bottom of the inning though and VCSU could only muster one run in the ninth.
Chris Holden started on the mound for Valley City and took the loss after allowing eight hits and seven earned runs in four innings.
Brady Anderson, Jake Rambow and Nate Bagby all had three hits each for the Vikings, which had 18 hits as a team. Robert Wiley, Tom Houdek, Cole Honl and Brandon Welinski all had two hits each. Welinski and Anderson each had two RBIs, and Wiley, Houdek and Anderson all scored twice.