Apr 19th, 2010 @ 1:37 pm | Author: By Ryan Cunningham NewsDakota.com
Vikings Break Losing Streak With Sunday Win
By Ryan Cunningham NewsDakota.com

April 19

Valley City--The Viking baseball team finally broke through for a Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) win, after a weekend full of frustration.

The Vikings took the final game of the four-game weekend series Sunday with a 3-0 win over Dickinson State at Charlie Brown Field in Valley City. The win came after the Vikings were turned away in the first game by giving up five runs over the final two innings to lose 9-8.

Dickinson State took three of the games, winning Saturday 16-2 and 3-1.

At the end of the weekend, it was Roberto Rodriguez (Jr., Chandler, AZ, right) that delivered the Vikings a rallying point, tossing a complete game shutout, allowing just four hits over seven innings of work.

Josh Evans (So., Hayfield, MN) delivered the Vikings all the offense they would need, driving in two run with an RBI double in the third inning. He would later score the final run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Matt Borgford (Jr., Pinawa, MB) in the sixth.

The Vikings had a golden opportunity to take the front end of the doubleheader, jumping out to a 7-3 lead after three innings. The Vikings scored three runs in each of the first two innings, capitalizing on timely hitting and mistakes by the Bluehawks.

Tanner Bombenger (So., Fargo, ND), Michael Danielson (Fr., New London, MN), and Preston Jensen (Fr., Valley City, ND) all drove in runs in the first. In the second, after a Bluehawk wild pitch plated a run, Danielson drove in two on a double to right with the bases loaded.

The Bluehawks rode the bat of third-baseman Kevin Park (Jr., Los Angeles, CA, left) to the come-from-behind victory. His two-run homer in the eighth cut the Viking lead to 8-7, and his RBI double in the ninth gave Dickinson State a 9-8 lead. Park finished the game 4-6 with five RBI.

The Vikings managed just a couple of groundouts and a strikeout in their half of the ninth, going down in order.

The series started badly for the Vikings, as Dickinson State plated a seven-run first, a four-run fifth, and a five-run seventh in their 16-2 win Saturday. Defense again was an issue, as Derek Zitzow (Fr., Valley City, ND) allowed 11 runs, only five earned, over five innings in the loss.

Shane Schoeneberg (Jr., Jamestown, ND, right) pitched a beauty for the Vikings in a 3-1 loss in game two, scattering 10 hits and allowing just one earned run over seven innings, three overall. Bluehawk hurler Ryan Saunders (Sr., Field, BC) was equal to the task, winning the duel by striking out eight and allowing just one run over seven innings.

The Vikings are now 1-11 in DAC play, 5-28 overall. They face Presentation College of Aberdeen, SD, Tuesday at home in non-league action.