BASEBALL: Vikings Salvage Split of Weekend Series
Apr 28th, 2003 @ 10:00 am | Author: Viking Sports Information
VALLEY CITY, ND--Jamestown College pitchers shut out Valley City State twice on Saturday to gain an advantage for the DAC-10 conference baseball title.
Jimmie starters Geoff White and Tim Nelson both threw complete games and a balanced offensive attack allowed the Jimmies to beat Valley City 6-0 and 8-0.
The Vikings scoreless string ran to 22 innings before they scored five runs in the bottom of the third against Minot State on Sunday. The Vikings and starter Aren Nelson were cruising to a comfortable 9-2 lead in the top of the seventh before late inning heroics were needed to save the game.
Nelson was releived to start the seventh by Justin Bear. Bear allowed a single, hit a batter, walked two and then allowed three singles including a bad hop double play ball before giving way to Tom Klapp. The Beavers greeted Klapp with a single, a shallow pop fly single and a hit batsmen to take a 11-9 lead.
After back-to-back strike outs opened the bottom of the seventh, Doug Lonski worked a walk and Trapper Wagner followed with a two strike double. Catcher Casey Huntsinger’s two-strike double to the gap in left plated the tying runs. Pinch hitter Andy Falck’s bloop single over first provided the Vikings with the winning margin.
Game two was all Valley City from the start as they scored six runs in the first on three doubles and a home run by Josh Schriver. Schriver would add a home run in the second, his seventh of the year. Derek Spitzer hit a two-run home run in the fifth and Klapp ended the game in six innings with a three-run home run off the light pole in left to make the final 12-1.
Klapp threw six innings giving up two hits and one run to gain his ninth victory of the season. Schriver collected three home runs and five hits on the day.
Nelson allowed only two runs in the opener while striking out four. Half of the Vikings 14 hits went for extra bases including triples by Klapp and Jayme George.
The Vikings (26-10) moved there DAC-10 record to 18-8 and secured a second place finish in the regular season. VCSU will host Northern State on Tuesday at 3:00 and 5:00 before heading to Minot State to open up DAC-10 tourney action versus the host Minot State.