Mar 22nd, 2008 @ 3:47 pm | Author: Viking sports admin
After 12 days off the Vikes had some rust to shake off their spikes at the Preseason DAC tournament in Rapid City on Friday, a lot of rust. Through the first 11 innings they were outscored 22-6, but rallied for 17 runs in an epic fifth inning in game two to rebound and earn a split on the day.

In game one Jamestown College starting pitcher Graham Campbell shut out the Vikes through four innings and JC cruised to a 9-3 victory.

In game two the Vikes looked beaten trailing 3-13 in the fifth. Dickinson State starter Bryan Visser was sailing until Jeremy Weibe led off the inning with a single, one of three for Weibe in the fifth, and Tanner Bombenger homered to right to give the Vikes a spark. Visser would not record another out and inexplicably the Vikings scored 17 runs before the inning was over taking them from trailing by 10 to a 20-13 lead. In the inning Bombenger, Bryce Ingram, and Tony Forster (Grand Slam) each had a homerun.

Freshman pitcher Matt Gottwalt held the Blue Hawks to two runs over the final three frames earning his first save as a Viking while Nick Spiess notched his first career win.

The final day of the tourney was canceled due to weather concerns. VCSU is back in action on Monday as they travel to Dickinson to take on the Blue Hawks in non-conference double header.