Mar 2nd, 2008 @ 10:19 pm | Author: Viking sports admin
BAB: Vikings Split in Season Opener vs. UT Brownsville
The Vikings earned a split on Sunday with some late inning heroics from Chauncey Calhoun and Tony Forster.
The Vikings led in game two most of the way and held a 4-3 lead into the sixth when the Scorpions plated two on a two out triple by centerfielder Jacob Yousif. Viking seniors Jeremy Weibe and Bryce Ingram went down quietly for the first two outs of the seventh, but Chauncey Calhoun homered on a 2-1 pitch to tie the game and give the Vikings new life. Senior Reid Arnold then drew a walk and pinch runner Travis Stiles scored the go ahead run on a double by Tony Forster which made the score 6-5. Calhoun earned the save the hard way as he got the leadoff hitter to ground out, walked two, picked off the runner at second, walked another, and fanned the last hitter of the game.
Calhoun, Wiebe, and Ingram all had two hits in the game. Freshman Drew Herian got a crucial out against the lone hitter he face in the bottom of the sixth.
In game one the Scorpions jumped on the Vikings early with two runs in the first and four more in the second off VCSU starter Grant Kragness. The Scorpions went on the win the game 13-3 in five innings. The only offense for the Vike's was provided by Matt Huonder who sent a three run homer over the left field wall in the fifth.
'The day didn't go exactly like we planned but the guys battled in the both games and earned the win in game two.' said Head Coach Casey Olney. 'We are still working out some of the kinks, but I am pleased with the energy and focus that we showed.'
The Viking will play a double header beginning at noon on Monday vs. Viterbo (WI)