BAB: Zitzow Leads Vikes to Game Two Win

Mar 4th, 2013 @ 4:31 am | Author: Viking Sports Admin
VCSU once again split two games, this time against the Briar Cliff University Chargers on Sunday in Sturgis SD.

Game one was and 8-5 win for the Chargers.

The Vikings took an early 2-0 lead scoring one run in the first and second innings. The first run came on a two out single by Mike Gershman that brought home Colin Waldner after he reached on a walk and stole 2nd base two pitches later. In the second the Vikings scored Brenden Shearer from third on a sacrafice from Anthony Myer after Shearer had doubled to lead off the inning.

The lead held up until the fifth when two Viking errors led to four runs for the Chargers.

Bryce Venaas got the start on the mound for the Vikings and went five innings, allowing only one earned run.

VCSU would rally to tie the game in the fourth. After another Shearer double a walk by Thomas Houdek and a single by Joe Demers, the Chargers made a wild throw on a double play attempt that plated Shearer and Houdek.

In the fifth the Vikings would take the lead with some help from the Chargers pitchers who walked two and hit a batter in the inning.

The lead would not hold up as the Viking bull pen, in relief of Venaas, gave up six hits and a walk in the final two frames allowing four runs for an 8-5 final.

Game two was a 6-2 win for the Vikings

Derek Zitzow went the distance for VCSU allowing only three hits and two runs for the complete game win.

VCSU got the scoring started in the second when Joe Demers doubled with one out, moved to third on a single by Cliff Vazquez and scored on a sacrafice from Dan Buehner. They would add a run in the fourth when Buehner doubled with one out and Josiah Churchill singled him home one batter later.

The Vikings would add two more runs in the 5th on a sac fly by Demers, a wild throw by the Chargers, and two in the 7th on a one out two RBI single from Vazquez to make it 6-0.

Zitzow was dominant for the Vikings through the first six innings allowing only one hit and no runs until the Chargers scratched across two in the seventh to make the final 6-2.

The Viking offense tallied nine hits in the game.