|Valley City State Univers||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||2||7||3|
|Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)||0||0||2||0||0||0||1||3||5||0|
|Tucson, Ariz., |
|-||Winner|| Somerville, Steven|
| Hirsch, Andrew||Loser||-|
| 2 Players (#3,#29)||Doubles|| None|
| None||Triples|| None|
| #31 Wehseler, Grant||Home Runs|| None|
|Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||2||5||2|
|Valley City State Univers||1||1||2||2||4||0||0||10||12||0|
|Tucson, Ariz., |
|-||Winner|| Roos, Jordon|
| Campbell, Dillon||Loser||-|
| #20 Oropeza, Branden||Doubles|| 2 Players (#24,#31)|
| #15 Moore, Tremane||Triples|| 2 Players (#3,#6)|
| None||Home Runs|| None|
TUCSON, ARIZ. – Valley City State split a doubleheader with Dakota Wesleyan during NAIA baseball action Friday in Tucson, Ariz.
The Vikings dropped a tough 3-2 contest in game one, but bounced back with a big 10-2 win in game two.
VCSU improves to 4-11 overall and is now 3-1 on its trip to Tucson. The Vikings will play one game on Saturday, facing Southwest Minnesota State at 5 p.m. central time.
Dakota Wesleyan 3, VCSU 2
Trailing 2-0 entering the seventh inning, the Vikings rallied to tie the game with two runs in the top half of the inning. The momentum was short-lived though as Dakota Wesleyan scored the winning run on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh.
VCSU had its two runs on seven hits. The Vikings committed three errors. Dakota Wesleyan managed just five hits in the game but did not commit an error.
A pair of errors by VCSU in the third inning led to Dakota Wesleyan's first two runs and a 2-0 lead. The Vikings tied the game in the seventh. Grant Wehseler opened the inning with a solo home run, and then Jared Meiklejohn doubled home Manny Leyva to tie the game at 2-2. Meiklejohn was stranded in scoring position though as Dakota Wesleyan pitcher Steven Somerville struck out Viking hitters Joe Demers and Brady Anderson to end the inning.
VCSU pitcher Andrew Hirsch allowed a one-out walk and single to put runners on first and second for Dakota Wesleyan in the bottom half of the inning. Max Koprek came on in relief, but struggled to find the strike zone as he walked the next two batters and pushed the winning run across the plate.
Jonathan Vance started on the mound for VCSU but left in the second inning after suffering an injury. Andrew Hirsch came on in relief and gave the Vikings 4 2/3 strong innings, allowing five hits and three runs – only one of which was earned.
Tyler Ukestad went 2-for-2 at the plate for VCSU. Wehseler and Meiklejohn each had a hit and drove in a run.
VCSU 10, Dakota Wesleyan 2
The Viking offense exploded for 10 runs and 12 hits in game two of the doubleheader. VCSU scored in each of the first five innings as the Vikings built a 10-0 lead and coasted to the 10-2 victory.
Nate Bagby led the offense with a 2-for-2 game, scoring three runs and driving in two runs. Leading 6-0, the Vikings put the game away with four runs and five hits in the fifth inning.
Brady Anderson, Ben Breunjes and Bagby all had two hits each, and Bagby, Grant Wehseler and Ryan Sand all drove in a pair of runs. Bruenjes and Wehseler each had a double, and Bagby and Meiklejohn each hit a triple. Meiklejohn led off the bottom of the first inning with a triple, setting the tone for the rest of the game.
Jordon Roos earned the win after giving the Vikings six strong innings. The junior right-hander allowed just three hits and one run. He did not strike anyone out but walked only one. Max Koprek pitched the seventh inning, allowing two hits and a run.