7th Inning Demon Shadows Vikings

Apr 25th, 2005 @ 9:04 am | Author: Vikings Sports News
South Dakota – Valley City State University was swept in DAC-10 baseball by Si Tanka University and Dakota State. The seven game losing streak is the longest of the year for the Vikings with six games remaining, all to be played at The Charlie in Valley City.

VCSU lost three games in the bottom of the last inning. Include the two road losses to Northern State last week and the string of last inning losses ran to five before DSU beat the Vikings 6-2 in the weekend finale.

In Huron on Saturday the Vikings had a 2-1 lead heading into the seventh thanks in large measure to another strong outing from Kory Foss. The sophomore from Northfield, MN limited the Eagles to one run and five hits over six innings before giving way to David Skogen entering the seventh.

With two outs and two on the Vikings mishandled a fly ball to allow the tying run to score. With new life, Eagles clean up hitter Nelson Vargas singled home the winning run.

The Vikings jumped out to a 5-1 lead in game two RBI hits from Scott Dusessoy and Alex Wheal. Jason Beilke held the Eagles in check most of the way despite giving up a season high eight base on balls.

Leading 6-4 entering the final stanza, Beilke surrendered a leadoff double, induced a popup, walked a batter and got another Eagle to foul out to first base for two outs in the seventh.

Another full count base on balls loaded the bases. The Si Tanka leadoff hit bounced another 3-2 offering from Beilke up the middle that glanced off Beilke and by shortstop Dustin Grabowska into short left field allowing two runners who were running on the pitch to score and tie the game. This time Alex Prado provided the game winner with a hit to right field.

Bryan Carter and Dusessoy had two hits each for the Vikings. VCSU committed only two errors on the day but both were costly in preventing the Vikings from sweeping the Eagles.

In Madison the Vikings jumped ahead early at 2-0 before the Trojans scored two unearned runs in the second to tie the game. VCSU starter Gavin Black held Dakota State in check until the seventh inning surrending a lead off walk to start the rally.

With a runner on first, DSU’s sacrifice bunt came directly to Black, who wheeled and threw errantly to second base putting the winning run 90 feet away with no outs. The Trojans pushed across the winning run on a sac fly to make the final 3-2.

Black scattered five hits, struck out three and walked three.

The weekends final game carried a similar theme as VCSU once again took the lead but a four run second inning and a lack of clutch hitting proved to be too much for the Vikings to overcome in a 6-2 loss.

Skogen gave up two unearned runs in the first on two Viking errors before being nicked up for four runs on five hits in the second inning.

The Vikings had numerous opportunities to chip into the Trojan lead but came away empty three times. VCSU loaded the bases on a walk and consecutive singles by Casey Huntsinger and Carter in the third inning with no outs before coming away empty handed. Dustin Grabowska tripled to lead off the fourth but was left stranded.

Huntsinger walked and Carter singled again to lead off the fifth, Colin Thilmony moved the runners over but a fielders choice and strike out ended any threat the Vikings had of getting back into the game.

The weekend sweep leaves the Vikings 14-23 on the season and 10-12 in the DAC-10. Mayville State visits Valley City on Wednesday before Jamestown and Minot State invade the Charlie to close out the regular season next weekend.