Apr 17th, 2002 @ 8:34 am | Author: Viking Sports Information
ST. CLOUD, Minn.-- St. Cloud State used strong pitching performances to earn their first sweep of the season, 6-2 and 3-2 over Valley City State, at windy Dick Putz Field on Tuesday afternoon.
The Vikings recorded strong pitching performances themselves. Sophomore lefthander Jayme George threw four strong innings mixed in with an inning of losing some control that led to the SCSU runs in the first game.
Bud Penner singled to open the game. Tom Klapp singled past shortstop and both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch. James Thornton grounded out to score Penner and give the Vikings the lead.
The scored stayed that way until the third when the bottom of the St. Cloud lineup started the rally by drawing two walks and connecting on a single to load the bases. Three hits and one error later gave St. Cloud all the cushio they would need at 5-1.
Mark Fabian connected on a solo home run in the sixth and the Huskies touched up George and reliever Manley Mackedenski for a solo run in the seventh to make the final 6-2.
In the second game, the Vikings started out with consecutive singles by Penner, Klapp and Thornton to load the bases. Erik Andersons’ liner was tracked down but Penner scored on the play to make it 1-0. However, the Huskies managed to get out of the innings with no more damage done.
The Huskies tied it in the bottom of the first on an unearned run. After a single by SCSU’s Holman, Viking pitcher Aren Nelson picked off the Huskie runner but Bob Frye couldn’t find the handle on the throw and allowed the runner to reach second. Holman scored on a ground out to tie the score.
Kevin Perez walked to start the Vikings fourth and would score on a double by Derek Spitzer to give the Vikings the lead at 2-1. Dwayne Wandy pitched two scoreless innings and Justin Bear pitched a 1-2-3 fifth.
The Huskies managed to work the bases loaded in the sixth with one out when Bear induced a double play ground ball. The relay throw however was high and over the head of first basemen Mark Fabian and two Huskies scored on the play to give them back the lead at 3-2.
The Vikings mounted a comeback in the seventh. Fyre drew a walk to lead off the inning and moved to second on a passed ball. With two outs, Tom Klapp drove a ball to right field that was held up in the wind for the third out and secured the game for the Huskies.
Bud Penner continued to swing the bat well collecting three hits. Mark Fabian hit his third home run in as many days. Nelson, Wandy and Klapp combined to throw five scoreless innings on the day.
The losses leave the Vikings at 9-15 on the season and host Dakota State on Thursday at The Charlie in Valley City.