VCSU's Brady Anderson avoids a tag to score a run Wednesday. (Credit:
VCSU's Brady Anderson avoids a tag to score a run Wednesday. (Credit:
Baseball - Thu, Mar. 2, 2017
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Saint John's Univ. (2-1)0602100990
Valley City State (1-9)3000000362
Minneapolis, Minn. U.S. Bank Stadium
Saint John's Univ.PitchingValley City State
Jake DickmeyerWinner-
-Loser Andrew Frank
Saint John's Univ.Indv. StatsValley City State
#8 Derek SchiebelDoubles #12 Joe Demers
NoneTriples None
NoneHome Runs None
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Valley City State (1-10)00000100130
Saint John's Univ. (3-1)00100001281
Minneapolis, Minn. U.S. Bank Stadium
Valley City StatePitchingSaint John's Univ.
-Winner Joey Stock
Jonathan VanceLoser-
Valley City StateIndv. StatsSaint John's Univ.
#13 Anthony NecocheaDoubles #8 Derek Schiebel
NoneTriples #14 Jack Wingerd
NoneHome Runs None

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – The Valley City State University baseball team opened the spring season inside U.S. Bank Stadium on Wednesday night, taking on Saint John's University in a non-conference doubleheader.

Saint John's bats carried the Johnnies to a 9-3 victory in game one, and the Vikings lost a game two pitcher's duel in extra innings, 2-1.

Up next: Valley City State (1-10) travels to Tucson, Ariz., for 10 games from March 9-16.

Saint John's 9, VCSU 3
Valley City State struck first with four hits and three runs in the bottom of the first inning after three straight hits by Jared Meiklejohn, Joe Demers and Brady Anderson to open the game. But the lead would not hold up in game one. Saint John's answered with six runs in the top of the second inning as the Johnnies took the lead for good en route to the 9-3 win.

VCSU scored its three runs on six hits and committed two errors. Saint John's scored nine runs on nine hits and did not commit an error.

Andrew Frank started on the mound and took the loss for VCSU. Frank worked 1 2/3 innings, allowing two hits and five runs while walking four. Jordon Roos pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief, giving up five hits and three runs. Max Koprek and Andrew Hirsch were both solid in relief appearances.

Demers led the offense with two hits, including an RBI double. Meiklejohn, Anderson, Anthony Necochea and Nate Bagby all had one hit each.

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Saint John's 2, VCSU 1
Jacob VanVacter was dazzling in his Viking debut, pitching seven strong innings, but the Vikings lost a pitcher's duel in extra innings to cap the doubleheader, 2-1.

VanVacter gave the Vikings seven strong innings on the mound, scattering six hits and allowing one run. He struck out six and did not walk a batter.

Saint John's plated a single in the bottom of the third to take a 1-0 lead. The Vikings manufactured a run in the top of the sixth to tie the game at 1-1. Jared Meiklejohn led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. He advanced to third on a fly out by Demers, and then scored on Brady Anderson's RBI groundout.

After the seven scheduled innings the teams were tied 1-1. In the bottom of the eighth, Saint John's Jack Wingerd opened the inning with a triple and then scored on Max Jackson's walkoff single.

Jonathan Vance took the loss for VCSU after coming on in the eighth inning. Meiklejohn, Anderson and Necochea collected VCSU's three total hits. The Vikings did not commit an error. Saint John's had eight hits in the game and committed one error.