Mar 25th, 2008 @ 12:07 am | Author: Viking sports admin
The Viking baseball team traveled to Dickinson State Monday for a non-conference double-header knowing their opponent had revenge on their minds. The Vikings defeated the Blue Hawks 20-15 on Friday in Rapid City, SD in the preseason DAC Tournament. Friday's game had been in the Blue Hawks' favor until the Vikings shocked them with a 17 run fifth inning that gave them the lead for good.

In Game One on Monday the Blue Hawks got their revenge by scoring 9 in the first inning of off VCSU pitchers Andrew Herian and Grant Kragness. The Blue Hawks added another run the second inning and eight more in the fourth for an 18-2 five inning victory. Viking pitchers walked eight batters and hit five in the game. The Vikings were unable to get much going off of Blue Hawks pitcher Luis Avila who went five innings, stuck out five, and allowed two earned runs on four hits. Freshman Tanner Bombenger was 2-2 with an RBI and walk for the Vikings.

In Game 2 the Viking pitching led by Red-Shirt Freshman starter Josh Evans and only allowed 3 walks allowing the Vikings to salvage a split with a 12-11 victory. Evans, who earned his second win of the year, pitch four innings, struck out four Blue Hawk batters and gave up 6 runs on 8 hits. The Viking offense got to Blue Hawks starter Tony Isbell in the second inning scoring 5 runs with thanks in large part to a grand slam by senior Alex Wheal. In the third inning the Vikings scored three, senior Jeremy Wiebe hit a two-run homerun for the Vikings in the inning. The Blue Hawks answered with three of their own in bottom of the third. In the fourth the Vikings answered right back scoring 4 runs in the top of the fourth. Freshman Nick Spiess led the charge with a 2-RBI double. The Blue Hawks were finally able to find a solution to the explosive Viking offense when they brought in lefty Logan Lewis who shut the Vikings out the remainder of the game. The Viking bullpen needed every bit of the nine run lead, but were able to hold off the Blue Hawks' charge. Freshman Matt Gottwalt relieved Evans to start the fifth and allowed 4 runs in 2 innings of work. Jason Beilke closed the doors for the Vikings in seventh earning his first save of the season.

The Vikings are currently 5-8.