Steven Velarde, left, and Jacob VanVacter had strong pitching performances Thursday.
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|Tucson, Ariz., |
| Velarde, Steven||Winner||-|
|-||Loser|| Mallo, Eric|
| 3 Players||Doubles|| #18 Mick, Kellan|
| None||Triples|| None|
| None||Home Runs|| None|
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|Tucson, Ariz., |
|-||Winner|| Van Vacter, Jacob|
| Prater, Josh||Loser||-|
| 3 Players||Doubles|| 2 Players (#3,#29)|
| None||Triples|| None|
| #15 Galeano, Jason||Home Runs|| None|
TUCSON, ARIZ. – The Valley City State University baseball team rallied from a 5-0 deficit Thursday to win its first game of the spring, and then followed with an intense one-run victory to complete a split doubleheader sweep in Tucson.
Playing their first outdoor game of the spring, the Vikings fell behind 5-0 after the first inning against Waldorf University. From there, it was all VCSU as the Vikings rallied for a 7-5 victory over the Warriors. Game two of the split doubleheader was against Concordia (Neb.) and the Vikings built an early 3-0 lead before holding on for a thrilling 3-2 victory.
With the pair of wins the Vikings improve their record to 3-10 overall this season. VCSU is now 2-2 during the spring and starts its Tucson trip with a 2-0 record.
"We earned two good wins today," said VCSU head coach Casey Olney. "We played good baseball outside of the first inning against Waldorf, and the Concordia game was about as intense as it gets outside of the conference tournament."
Up next: Valley City State (3-10) faces Dakota Wesleyan (4-9) for a doubleheader Friday in Tucson. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. central time.
VCSU 7, Waldorf University 5
A two-out error led to five unearned runs in the first inning for Waldorf, putting the Vikings in a deep hole to start their spring trip. But VCSU pitchers Andrew Frank and Steven Velarde combined to allow just two hits the rest of the game, letting the Viking offense chip away.
RBI hits from Anthony Necochea and Grant Wehseler helped the Vikings score three runs in the fourth, making in 5-3. VCSU completed the comeback with a four-run sixth inning. Manny Leyva's RBI single in the sixth tied the game at 5-5, and then Tyler Ukestad delivered a two-run single to put the Vikings ahead for good at 7-5.
The Vikings scored their seven runs on nine hits and committed just one error. Waldorf had five runs on just four hits. The Warriors committed three errors in the loss.
Andrew Frank started on the mound for VCSU and settled down after the first inning. He went 3 1/3, allowing three hits and five runs, all of which were unearned. He walked four and struck out one. Steven Velarde earned the win after working the final 3 2/3 innings. The senior right-hander allowed just one hit, walked two and struck out three batters.
Necochea led the offense with a 3-for-4 game, scoring two runs and driving in one. Brady Anderson went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Ben Bruenjes, Wehseler, Leyva and Ukestad all had one hit.
VCSU 3, Concordia (Neb.) 2
Valley City State built a 3-0 lead in the third inning and starting pitcher Jacob VanVacter turned in his second strong performance of the spring as the Vikings won an intense and chippy game with Concordia.
With two outs and the tying run on third base, VCSU won the game after a line drive deflected off VanVacter's leg. It was picked up by third baseman Nate Bagby, who rifled it over to first base to nab the runner and seal the victory.
VCSU scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the third inning. Joe Demers started the scoring with an RBI single, and then Brady Anderson followed with a two-run double that put the Vikings up 3-0.
Concordia chipped away with a solo home run in the fourth inning to make it 3-1. Dramatics were on hand for Concordia's last at-bat in the seventh inning. A one-out RBI double made it 3-2 and put the tying run in scoring position. VanVacter got a grounder back to him to record the second out, but the tying run moved up to third. On the second pitch of the next at-bat a liner deflected off VanVacter's leg, allowing Bagby to pick it up and record the final out.
VanVacter struck out 10 and walked only one for his first win of the spring. He went the distance and allowed seven hits and just two runs.
The Vikings scored their three runs on nine hits. Anderson went 2-for-3 with a pair of Rbis to lead the offense. Jared Meiklejohn and Manny Leyva each had two hits as well. Demers went 1-for-3 with a run and RBI.