Mar 5th, 2008 @ 11:29 pm | Author: Viking sports admin
There was no lack of drama in either game for the Vikings on Wednesday. Evans, a red shirt freshman, was pitching for the first time in his college career and gave the Vikings an outstanding performance in game 2. He went 4.2 innings allowing one hit and no runs. 'We could not have asked for more out of a guy who was on the hill for the first time. We needed that because our bullpen was wearing a little thin.' said Coach Olney. Offensively the Vikes plated three in the fourth when with two on and one out Alex Wheal sent a Scorpion pitch deep over the left field wall for his second homer of the day. Evans was relieved by Andrew Herian who once again got a huge strike out to end a Scorpion threat in the fifth. In the Viking half of the fifth Tanner Bombenger led off the inning with a double, was moved to third by Braden Raskob-smith, and scored on errant pickoff attempt at by the Scorpions. In the sixth The Scorpions loaded the bases with none out and Herian was relieved by Matt Gottwalt who induced a ground ball that slipped through the right side of the infield scoring two runs. Jason Beilke then entered the game and ended the threat on just twelve pitches. The Vikes added a bit of insurance in their half of the sixth. After a triple to start the inning by Chauncey Calhoun, Wheal hit a ball to right that was just deep enough for Calhoun to tag and score. In the seventh Calhoun earned his second save in as many chances allowing two runs in the process but giving the Vikes a 5-4 victory.
In game one VCSU led 6-2 into the fifth but starter Grant Kragness ran into trouble and could not work his way out. The Scorpions scored four runs in the inning to tie the game and added the go ahead run in the sixth off of the Viking bull pen. The offense could not muster another run and the Vikes fell 7-6.
VCSU is back in action on Thursday when they take on Viterbo (WI) in a nine inning game at Scorpion field in Brownsville.