Mar 18th, 2003 @ 1:26 pm | Author: Viking Sports Information
March 14 gm:1
Vikings 4 vs. Oklahoma Weslyan (OK) 3
Aren Nelson tossed a complete game 3 hitter, striking out 9 batters to open up this year’s Viking’s spring trip. The Vikes squandered some opportunities while stranding 9 runners on base but managed to stave off Oklahoma who mounted a last inning rally bringing them within one. Leadoff shortstop Nate Turck went 2 for 3 with a 2 RBI double in the 4th to lead the Vikings to a third straight win against a team with already 14 games under their belt.

March 14 gm: 2
Vikings 3 vs. Friends University (KS) 2
It was strong pitching that once again gave the Vikings the upper hand in this exciting evening affair. The game was close throughout with strikeouts back and forth. Tom Klapp fanned 8 while limiting Friends University to just 4 hits. Klapp’s outstanding defense from the mound and deadly accurate fastball was Greg Maddux-like under the lights. Timely hitting and aggressive base running combined in the 4th inning when the Vikes cashed in for all of their 3 runs. Josh Schriver showed why his second spot in the lineup is a lock with a double to start off that inning. Derek Spitzer went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a stolen base while playing right field.

March 15 gm: 1
Vikings 9 vs. Central Christian College (KS) 3
The Vikings trounced Central Christian College in a morning game, highlighted by a 5th inning homerun from center fielder Tom Klapp. Klapp and fellow outfielder Doug Lonski collected 3 hits all together both with 3 RBI’s. Jayme George got the win with 4 strong innings of pitching, giving way to veteran Duane Wandy who saw his first innings after being on the disabled list for most of the preseason. Josh Schriver and Andy Falck pitched in with 2 hits each to propel the Vikings to their 5th straight win.

Mach 15 gm: 2
Vikings 3 vs. William Jewel (MO) 12
It looked good early for the boys of summer under unfamiliar 85 degree weather when they posted 2 in the top of the first and cruised through the next few innings. Jewel got to starting pitcher Bryce McLean in the 3rd for 3 runs, then relief pitchers Justin Bear and Manley Mackedenski got in trouble in the 5th and Jewel never looked back. Walks and errors haunted the Vikes who lose their fist game this spring.

March 16
Vikings 4 vs. Friends University (KS) 2
Duane Wandy picked up his first win of the season as the Vikings beat Friends University two times in as many days. Duane allowed 2 runs in the first inning, then settled in to allow just 5 hits in his 5 innings of work. The Viking offense struggled and then came through late lead by some heads up base running. Aren Nelson closed out the game with 2 innings of relief for his first save of the season. VCSU improves their record to 6 and 1 on the season.
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