Mar 26th, 2007 @ 10:00 am | Author: Vikings Sport News
VALLEY CITY, ND -- Four Valley City State pitchers combined on a shutout in game one while Nate Remers was too much in game two as the Vikings and Dakota State split another double header at the Charlie on Monday. VCSU won the opener 1-0 and Dakota State took a 9-1 win in game two.

Tony Forster was 4-for-4 in game one and Chauncey Calhoun added two hits. Forster doubled to lead off the second inning and scored the only run of the game on a RBI single by Jeremy Wiebe.

The Vikings, who had runners in scoring position in all eight inning were unable to add any insurance with timely hits.

But the pitching staff and defense assured that only one run was necessary as Drew Calanchie (4 IP, 6 SO), Kory Foss (2 IP, 1 H, win), Mike Foss (2 IP, 3 SO) and Nathan Erbstoesser (1 IP, save) shared the work load.

Dakota State grabbed momentum early in game two, scoring two runs in both innings one and two.

VCSU added a solo run in the third to cut the lead to 5-1 when Wiebe reached after being hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a double by Bryce Ingram and scored on an RBI groundout by Reid Arnold.

The Vikings failed to add any more runs while Dakota State chipped in runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings to win and even both teams DAC records at 2-2.

The Trojans Remer recorded nine strikeouts and scattered five hits, two by VCSU's Calhoun who continues to lead the NAIA in batting average with a .564 average.

VCSU's Grant Kragness relieved starter Steve Franklin in the second and pitched well until tiring in the seventh.

The Vikings (10-4, 2-2) also moved up two spots in the Region III poll to sixth place while Dakota State (24-4) kept their position atop the Region polls.