Apr 3rd, 2011 @ 2:37 am | Author: Ryan Cunningham
Viking Baseball Routs Dakota State

By Ryan Cunningham NewsDakota.com

April 2

Valley City--The Viking baseball team likes Omaha just fine.

Moving their home games to Omaha, NE, due to the spring weather conditions, the Vikings blasted out 36 and scored 35 runs in a sweep of Dakota State in the Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) opener Friday, taking the games 13-3 and 22-5.

For the most part, the Vikings got it done the old-fashioned way. They had just one homerun and nine total extra-base hits in the two games. The rest of their hits, 27 total, were singles that kept the march around the basepaths moving all day.

Valley City State wasted little time, scoring five runs in their first at-bat Friday, four with two outs to take a 5-0 lead after an inning of their opening game. They led 8-0 after two, and eventually racked up 13 runs on 16 hits.

Mike Danielson (So., New London, MN) belted a pair of doubles, and Kyle Skinner (Jr., Seattle, WA) added a two-bagger. Matt Borgford (Sr., Pinawa, MB) and Cliff Vasquez (Jr., Tucson, AZ) each drove in three runs.

While the offense was working, Viking pitching was in solid form. Dan Maurer (Sr., Klamath Falls, OR) gave up just a pair of unearned runs and three hits while striking out nine over four innings in the win.

The Vikings piled up six runs in the second, five in the third, and nine in the fifth in a 22-5 romp over the Trojans in the nightcap. Valley City State had 20 hits in the barrage.

Danielson continued to swing a hot bat, adding a homer and a double to his day, driving in six runs. Borgford added a triple, and Josh Evans (Jr., Hayfield, MN) tacked on a pair of doubles and drove in four.

Jack Maeshiro (So., Culver City, CA) worked six innings in the win. His first four were scoreless, and after giving up four, three earned, in the fifth, he settled down and worked a scoreless sixth.

The Vikings open DAC play 2-0, and improve to 8-7 overall. They face Dakota State in another twinbill today.