Baseball: Vikings Take Two From Comets

Apr 9th, 2003 @ 9:35 am | Author: Viking Sports Information
Valley City State swept a double header at The Charlie on Tuesday. The Vikings won the opener 8-4 behind Dwayne Wandy and held on in the night cap for an 8-5 victory.

The opener started out as a pitchers duel as the Comets Aaron Foster matched shutout innings with Wandy until the fifth inning when VCSU scored five runs on six hits. The biggest blow was a bases loaded double by Doug Lonski that scored three Vikings. A single by Andy Falck plated Lonski while Falck came around one pitch later on a double by Trapper Wagner.

The Comets answered with two in the sixth on a single by Geoff Zimmerman, a double by Mike Lorz and a triple by Brett Wandler.

The Vikins however added insurance in the sixth. With one out, Nate Turck singles and scored on Josh Schriver’s home run to left field. Tom Klapp and Mark Fabian followed up with back to back doubles to make it 8-2.

Mayville added a couple runs in the top of the seventh but catcher Casey Huntsinger threw out Geoff Zimmerman for the final out and even Wandy’s record at 2-2.

The Vikings had 12 hits in the game and were paced by two each from Schriver, Klapp and Doug Lonski. Wandy struck out six and surrendered seven hits in seven innings of work.

The night cap saw the Vikings score three in the first inning on five consecutive singles.

After the Comets added one in the second, the Vikings put together a four-run third inning.

Lonski lead off with a single and scored on an Andy Falck double. After a flyout, Ryley Hunter and Derek Spitzer hit back-to-back rbi-doubles. Turck closed out the inning with an rbi single to left.

Mayville added two runs in the fourth and two in the sixth. With the bases still loaded and one out, Tom Klapp came in to strike out two Comets and get the Vikings away from further damage.

A Schriver single and Fabian double gave the Vikings an 8-5 lead. Klapp retired the Comets in order to get the save in the seventh.

Bryce McLean picked up the win, going five innings, giving up 6 hits, 5 runs, striking out five and walking five. Klapp picked up his second save of the year striking out four of the five Comets he faced.

Offensively, the Vikings collected 13 hits and were paced by 2 each from Schriver, Lonski and Falck.

The wins improve the Vikings to 11-5 overall and 5-3 in the DAC-10. They host Huron University today at the Charlie.