Apr 26th, 2004 @ 8:27 am | Author: Vikings Sports Staff
Huron, SD -- The Vikings were two outs away from a sweep in their last conference double header but a rough seventh inning prevented it. Saturday the Vikings were one out from being shutout in the opener when they rallied to tie the game and eventually win it in extra innings 8-3. A late rally in game two followed as VCSU defeated Si Tanka University 4-2.

Huron struck early in game one scoring three runs in the bottom of the first off of eventual winner Jayme George (3-3). The Eagles accounted for five of their ten hits off of George in the first stanza.

While George was doing his best to keep his team in the game, Si Tankaís Juan Torres was handcuffing the Vikings. Tom Klappís single in the fourth would be the Vikings only hit until their rally started with two outs in the seventh.

Bryan Carterís fielders choice kept the inning alive. Doug Lonskiís double to the gap put runners on second and third. Josh Schriverís single brought the score to 3-2. Andy Falck stayed alive with a two-strike single. Once again as he has done frequently, Casey Huntsinger drove in Schriver with the tying run on a single.

George responded with a 1-2-3 seventh to push the game to extra innings. After a leadoff fly ball started the inning, Colin Thilmony singled, Klapp walked and Carter singled to load the bases. Lonskiís single scored Thilmony and gave the Vikings the lead for good. Back-to-back walks to Schriver and Falck preceded Huntsingerís bases loaded double to make the score 8-3.

Thilmony relieved George and retired the Eagles in the eighth to seal the win.

Thilmony, Lonski and Huntsinger each had two hits as the Vikings managed 10 hits including nine in the last two innings. Huntsinger had four RBIís to go with his two hits.

The Vikings started game two with three consecutive singles to load the bases only to see Eagle starter Dusty Aimes work out of the jam by striking out the next three hitters.

Two walks by starter Dave Skogen and two singles by the Eagles put Si Tanka ahead 1-0 after one inning but like George in game one, Skogen would manage to avoid further run damage over the next four innings by surviving three more walks and scattering three other hits to keep his team in the game.

Schriver worked a two out walk in the sixth and scored the tying run on Falckís double to the gap in left center. Huntsinger then blasted a home run to left center to put the Vikings up 3-1.

Nate Turck singled in the seventh and scored on Carterís single to add an insurance run.

Thilmony came on again in the sixth in relief of Skogen (1-1), who gained his first collegiate victory. The Eagles touched Thilmony for a run in the seventh on three singles but escaped further damage by inducing a ground out to end the game.

The Vikings managed 10 hits again in game two lead by Carterís three and two by Turck. Huntsinger once again lead the Viking with two RBIís.

The sweep moves the Vikings to 11-11 in the DAC-10 and 15-21 overall.