Baseball: Vikes Split DAC-10 Season Openers
Mar 31st, 2003 @ 9:08 am | Author: Viking Sports Information
VCSU 8, 0 : Mary 6, 10
Bismarck, ND--Valley City State captured the opener 8-6 behind a solid pitching performance from Aren Nelson. Five Vikings had at least 2 hits to provide a balanced 13-hit performance by the offense.
A first inning single by Mark Fabian, followed by a RBI double by Doug Lonski got the Vikings on the board early. Three errors in the bottom of the third enabled to Marauders to take a 4-2 lead.
Each team traded runs in the fifth before Tom Klapp’s two-run single tied the game. Klapp’s single plated Jayme George and Nate Turck who had walked and singled respectively.
Nelson, who only allowed a single earned run through six innings, retired the Marauders in order in the seventh.
George single to lead off the eighth and was sacrificed over to second by Turck. After a single by Josh Schriver scored George with the go-ahead run, Klapp sailed the next offering over the left field wall to provide the Vikings the winning runs. Klapp followed up his blast by throwing the eighth inning to get the save.
Nelson picked up his third win of the season again no losses. Doug Lonski lead the Vikings with 3 hits while Schriver, Turck, Klapp and Andy Falck had two apiece.
Game two was all Marauders as they scored in every inning but the fifth to coast to a 10-0 victory. Starting pitcher Dwayne Wandy had little luck in limiting the Marauders offense as he gave up 6 earned runs in four innings of work.
The Vikings offense was unable to find any clutch hitting in game two as they were limited to 4 knocks but had runners in scoring position in each inning thanks to six Marauder walks.
VCSU 2, 14 : Dickinson 4, 3
Dickinson, ND: The Blue Hawks took advantage of the long ball to win game one 4-2. Vikings starter Bryce McLean induced 11 ground ball outs but two DSU home runs tainted and otherwise strong performance.
DSU’s designated hitter Derek Houle hit a two run blast in the top of the first to get the scoring started. The Vikings Casey Huntsinger tied it up in the second with a two-run single. The game stayed that way until the fifth when Olver Jones hit a two-out home run to give the Hawks a 3-2 lead. After James Penn walked, McLean momentarily lost control of the zone and beaned three consecutive Hawks hitters to make the score 4-2.
The Vikings would load the bases in the bottom of the seventh but squandered their second good scoring opportunity of the game.
McLean walked two, struck out one and hit three batsmen while giving up three earned runs in six innings of work. Falck paced the Vikings with two hits.
Game two was all Valley City and Tom Klapp. Klapp’s two run blast, his third of the year, got the Vikings on the board in the first inning. His throwing arm would never allow the Hawks to gain the lead although the Hawks crawled back to within 4-3 after three innings.
The Vikings showed great backbone by answering with a 10-run fourth inning off of DSU ace Danny Shorb.
Leadoff man Turck drew a walk to ignite the rally. Schriver and Klapp followed with back-to-back singles and Lonski reached base on an error by DSU’s Penn to score two VCSU runs. With the bases full, Trapper Wagner hit a key grand slam to give the Vikings a 10-3 lead. Following two ground ball outs, George started the rally again with a hustling bloop double. Turck, Schriver and Klapp followed with singles before Fabian doubled to the gap to end the scoring at 14-3.
Klapp gained the shortened complete game win throwing five innings and limiting DSU to four hits on sixty-seven pitches. Klapp win moves him to 3-0 on the season.
The Vikings 14-hit attack was lead by Klapp’s three knocks along with two each by Schriver, Fabian, Lonski and Wagner. Wagner had five RBI’s for the game and Klapp four.
The win moves the Vikings to 8-4 overall and 2-2 in the DAC-10. Dickinson drops to 7-11 but 3-1 in the DAC-10 after they defeated Mayville State twice on Saturday.
The Vikings play host to Mayville State Wednesday before hitting the road again this weekend with games at Minot State and Jamestown College.
See game box scores at http://vikings.vcsu.edu/baseball/bb_stats/teamstat.htm