Baseball: Vikings Stymie Wolves

Apr 11th, 2003 @ 10:57 am | Author: Viking Sports Information
Aberdeen, SD - Valley City State roughed up Northern State pitchers for 36 runs on 36 hits and swept the home team 14-8 and 22-1 on Thursday at Fossum Field. NSU managed just 11 hits on the day as a team.

Valley City State connected for 36 hits to sweep a non-conference baseball doubleheader against Northern State at Fossum Field in Aberdeen Thursday.

The North Dakotans outscored the Wolves 14-8 in the opener and rolled to a 22-1 win in game two.

"We ran into a pretty good hitting ball club today," said NSU coach Curt Fredrickson. "But we have three tough doubleheaders in three days. We go to Crookston tomorrow (Friday) and then we play Crookston here on Saturday in a couple of conference doubleheaders."

Valley City jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in game one before giving up five runs to the Wolves in the bottom of the third inning. Valley City responded by scoring the next five runs to climb back into the driver’s seat.

"It was nice to get some of our other pitchers worked in today," said VCSU coach Cory Anderson. "After a sluggish day with the bats yesterday, it was nice to get everyone a lot of at bats before the weekend and hopefully get our confidence back up."

Derek Spitzer connected for two doubles and batted in four runs to lead Valley City’s hitting effort. Mark Fabian and Douglas Lonski both went 2-for-5 from the plate, including a home run each, to knock in a pair of RBIs each and Trapper Wagner went 2-for-3, including a home run, to finish with two RBIs.

Wesley Fisbeck went 2-for-3 at the plate, including a double and a home run, to lead the Wolves. Steve Rixen contributed two hits, including a double. Fisbeck and Ben Cupp, who also homered for the Wolves, led the team with three RBIs apiece.

Ben Cupp stepped up and hit a big three-run homer for NSU to make it 8-6 in favor of VCSU. NSU was right in it at that point until Brendan Hinrichs came in to pitch, and he struggled. VCSU hit three homers off him and that pretty much put the game out of reach.

Manley Mackedenski recorded the win on the mound for Valley City. The junior struck out six NSU batters through five innings. Severin Gardner recorded the save for the Vikings.

Valley City started the second game on fire, outscoring the Wolves 14-1 through the first three innings. The Vikings continued their hot hitting in the next two innings, batting in another eight runs to end the game early.

Ryley Hunter went 2-for-5 from the batter’s box to knock in a game-high five RBIs to lead Valley City. Fabian went 2-for-4, including a triple, to finish with four RBIs.

Owen Olson went 1-for-2 from the plate to account for NSU’s lone RBI. Northern was held to just four hits by winning pitcher Justin Bear, a senior, who recorded three strikeouts for Valley City.

The Vikings (14-6) will host Dakota State Saturday and travel to Mayville State on Sunday for pivotal DAC-10 games.

Valley City (13-6) 105 113 3-14 18 0

Northern (6-19, 0-6) 005 020 1- 8 7 2

Manley Mackedenski, Severin Gardner (6) and Casey Huntsinger; Owen Olson, Brendan Hinrichs (6) and Ben Cupp. 2B - VCSU, Josh Schriver, Derek Spitzer; NSU, Wesley Fisbeck, Steve Rixen. HR - VCSU, Mark Fabian, Douglas Lonski, Trapper Wagner; NSU, Fisbeck, Cupp.

Valley City (14-6) 437 35-22 18 0

Northern (6-20, 0-6) 010 00- 1 4 4

Justin Bear and Ryley Hunter; Michael Fosdick, Deacon Burns (3), Devon Riter (4) and Steve Rixen. 2B - VCSU, Nate Turck, Josh Schriver, Robert Fyre. 3B - VCSU, Mark Fabian.