Apr 5th, 2013 @ 8:07 am | Author: Viking Sports Admin
The Viking Softball team swept their first doubleheader of the season away from fellow Association of Independent Institution foe Dakota State on Wednesday with solid pitching, strong defense and a day of breakout hitting.

The Viking offense erupted for 24 hits in the two games as they outslugged the home team in the first game 14-4 en route to a 12-0 five inning game. Five players collected two hits each, led by Brittany Lehner who’s two run homer (the first of her career) in the top of the first spotted the Vikings to a 6-0 lead. Katarina Boychuk, Adrianna Boychuk, Hilary Kulczewski and Savannah McMillin all joined Lehner with two hits each.

Lehner also collected a game high four RBI. Kulczewski knocked in two and Liz Hall-Sewell’s pinch hit double also pushed two across the plate for the Vikings.
Samantha Nalley picked up her first win as a Viking, throwing four shutout innings, striking out nine and limiting the Dakota State offense to four hits. Mackenzie Hamre pitched a scoreless fifth in the mercy shortened game to preserve the shutout victory.

In the nightcap, the Vikings had to work a bit harder, pulling out a 7-5 ten inning extra innings victory. VCSU jumped out again early, scoring four in the top of the first and then Dakota State chipped away, eventually tying the game at five a piece in the home half of the seventh to force extra innings.

In the top of the tenth, Savannah McMillin’s double scored Hilary Kulczewski from first base to score the game winning run. Mackenzie Hamre executed a squeeze bunt to score McMillin for an insurance run and secure the 7-5 victory for the Vikings.

Kulczewski led the Viking offense with a three for five performance, followed by McMillin’s two hits. Katarina Boychuk also collected two hits for VCSU.

Nalley was the workhorse in the circle, pitching all ten innings for the Vikings, scattering eleven hits while striking out 15 and walking only one.

The Vikings are scheduled to play Jamestown College on Tuesday, April 9.