Baseball: Vikings Take Two in Opener

Mar 4th, 2003 @ 12:52 pm | Author: Viking Sports Information
MINNEAPOLIS, MN--The Vikings opened up the 2003 season by defeating Macalester College 11-3 and 10-0 at the Metrodome.

Mark Fabian’s two run triple in the top of the first gave the Vikings an early lead to the day that they would not reliquish. Shortstop Nate Turck opened the season by drawing a walk and advanced to third on a bloop double by Josh Schriver. After Tom Klapp’s ground out failed to advance either runner, Fabian laced a shot down the right field line to score Turck and Schriver. Fabian would then score on a sac fly by Doug Lonski to give the Vikings a 3-0 lead.

Trapper Wagner lead off the second with a single and after an intentional walk to Turck, both runners scored on Tom Klapp’s double down the left field line.

Valley City added two runs in the fifth as Klapp was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and a sac fly by Fabian and a solo run in the sixth on a RBI-ground out by Wagner.

Macalester got on the board in the fourth off starter Aren Nelson when All-American Joel Brettingen lead off with a triple and scored on a single by Josh Ortiz with two outs. Macalester would add two more runs in the fifth on one hit and one Valley City error to close the book on Nelson.

Valley City put the game away in the sixth with three runs on five consecutive singles and a fielder’s choice to make the final 11-3.

Schriver, Klapp, Fabian and Lonski each collected two hits. Klapp had four RBI’s and Turck score three runs. Aren Nelson gave up four hits in five innings while striking out four. Justin Bear finished the game striking out three and allowing two singles.

In game two, Klapp got out of trouble early as Macalester loaded the bases with two outs but Klapp induced a ground ball to end the threat. Once again Turck got the Vikings going early as he doubled to open the contest and eventually scored on a Fabian single. After a Macalester error moved Fabian to third, Ryley Hunter knocked in Fabian to give the Viking an early 2-0 lead.

That is all the scoring Klapp would need as he limited Macalester to one single the rest of the way and striking out four.

Valley City would add single runs in the second and third innings before batting around in the fifth by scoring six runs with the big blows coming on a two-run single by Wagner and a two-run triple by Schriver.

For the game, Schriver went 2-3 with three RBI’s while Fabian added three hits giving him five on the day. Wagner was 2-2 with two RBI’s.

The Vikings (2-0) travel to Fremont Nebraska this Friday and Saturday to play Midland Lutheran College in doubleheaders both days.