Ben Bruenjes hit a 3-run home run and drove in five runs Saturday for VCSU.
|Southwest Minnesota State||5||1||1||2||3||0||1||0||0||13||19||3|
|Valley City State Univers||3||5||0||4||1||0||2||0||0||15||17||4|
|Tucson, Ariz., |
|-||Winner|| Kourajian, Shaun|
| Meyer, Chase||Loser||-|
|-||Save|| Velarde, Steven|
| 2 Players (#2,#11)||Doubles|| 3 Players|
| #6 VanderBeek, Cole||Triples|| #3 Meiklejohn, Jared|
| None||Home Runs|| 2 Players (#7,#24)|
In a game that saw 28 runs, 36 hits and seven errors, the Valley City State baseball team came out on top Saturday night in Tucson, Ariz.
Valley City State outlasted Southwest Minnesota State late into the Arizona night, securing a 15-13 victory for its fourth win in the last five games.
The Vikings improve their record to 5-11 overall. VCSU is now 4-1 on its trip to Tucson.
Southwest Minnesota State opened the game with five runs in the top of the first inning, setting the tone for the rest of the game. From there, the teams traded haymakers throughout.
VCSU scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and five runs in the second to go up 8-6. The Mustangs answered with one in the third and two in the fourth for a 9-8 lead. VCSU came back with four runs in the fourth and the Mustangs scored three in the fifth. Eventually, tied at 13-13, the Vikings struck last with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Neither team could push across a run in the eighth or ninth innings.
Shaun Kourajian came on in relief in the fifth inning for VCSU and earned his first collegiate win after pitching 3 2/3 strong innings. Kourajian limited the Mustangs to just three hits and one run over his 3 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out three.
After Kourajian put two runners on in the eighth inning, Steven Velarde came on for the final out of the eighth. The Mustangs used two walks and a single to load the bases in the ninth inning, but Velarde struck out the final two batters to end the game and earn the save.
"It was a tough night to be a pitcher," VCSU head coach Casey Olney said. "The score was indicative of a tight strike zone and both teams battled through adversity. Shaun Kourajian stepped up for us and that was a huge last couple of batters from Steven Velarde."
Nate Bagby went 4-for-5 with two RBIs to lead VCSU's strong offensive attack. Ben Bruenjes hit a three-run home run and finished 2-for-4 with two runs and five RBIs. Emmanuel Leyva also homered and went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Ryan Sand was 3-for-4 and scored two runs.
Brady Anderson finished 2-for-5, drove in three runs and scored three runs. Jared Meiklejohn drew two walks and went 2-for-3 from the leadoff position with four runs and two RBIs.
VCSU had 15 runs on 17 hits. The Vikings committed four errors. Southwest Minnesota State had 13 runs on 19 hits. The Mustangs committed three errors.
Up next: Valley City State has Sunday off before facing Augsburg College at 12 p.m. Central Time on Monday.