Apr 4th, 2011 @ 12:55 pm | Author: ryan cunningham
Viking Baseball Completes Sweep of Trojans

By Ryan Cunningham NewsDakota.com

April 4

Valley City--The Viking baseball team completed a sweep of Dakota State in the opening weekend of Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) play, taking the Saturday doubleheader 6-5 and 9-5 in Omaha, NE.

The wins start the Vikings 4-0 in the DAC race, tied with Dickinson State, who swept Minot State in Billings, MT, this past weekend.

After an offensive slugfest for the Vikings on Friday, the Viking offense did enough on Saturday, including winning a game in walkoff fashion to start the doubleheader.

The Vikings took a 5-2 lead into the ninth inning in the opening game of Saturday's action, but two errors by the Viking middle infield, along with a walk and a hit batsman, sparked a three-run Trojan rally, tying the game.

The winning run would come across the old-fashioned way. Dan Buehner led off the bottom of the inning with a single, and Justin Connell, running for Buehner, would swipe second base.

Tanner Bombenger advanced Connell with a fly ball to right, and Preston Jensen brought the winning run in with a sacrifice fly.

Jensen and Kyle Skinner each had a pair of hits, with Jensen driving in two, including the game winner. Ryan Shaw threw five innings of two-hit, two-run ball, receiving a no-decision.

The Vikings rallied from a 3-0 deficit with pairs of runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth, and eighth innings to take the nightcap 9-5 over the Trojans in a game that saw each team commit four errors.

Reed Olstad and Patrick Vandoorne each had three hits, and Matt Borgford homered and drove in three runs to lead the Viking offense.

Taylor Nelson earned the win with six innings of work, allowing just three earned runs and striking out six. Derek Zitzow threw three innings of shutout baseball for the save, allowing three hits while striking out two.

The Vikings are now 10-7, and are scheduled to play at Concordia, MN, Tuesday. Their next DAC action is at Dickinson State this weekend.