Emmanuel Leyva bats during VCSU's spring trip to Tucson.
|Valley City State Univers||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||9||3|
|Tucson, Ariz., |
|-||Loser|| Koprek, Max|
| 4 Players||Doubles|| 2 Players (#7,#24)|
| None||Triples|| #24 Bruenjes, Ben|
| #26 E.Olheiser||Home Runs|| None|
A five-run first inning was too much for the Valley City State baseball team to overcome Monday in Tucson, Ariz.
Augsburg College scored five runs in the top of the first inning and never trailed in a 17-3 victory over the Vikings.
After giving up the early five-spot, the Vikings appeared poised to fight all the way back. Ben Bruenjes' RBI triple in the bottom of the first and run-scoring hits from Tyler Ukestad and Jared Meiklejohn in the second inning cut the deficit to 5-3. The Vikings were one hit away from tying the game in the bottom of the third after loading the bases with one out. Augsburg pitcher Jamie Kaye pitched out of trouble though, recording a strikeout and groundout to end the inning and VCSU's last good offensive threat.
Augsburg would break the game open with three runs in the fifth, two in the sixth and six runs in the seventh inning.
Valley City State finished with three runs on nine hits. The Vikings committed three errors. Augsburg did not commit an error and posted 17 runs on 16 hits.
Max Koprek took the loss on the mound. After a rough first inning, Koprek settled in to work four total innings, allowing seven hits and six earned runs while striking out four. Andrew Hirsch pitched two innings in relief giving up five hits and three earned runs. Position players Mitch Scheer and Tyler Ukestad combined to pitch the seventh inning with the game out of reach.
Meiklejohn and Bruenjes each had a pair of hits to lead the Viking offense.
Up next: Valley City State (5-12) plays No. 21-ranked Westmont College on Tuesday at 5 p.m. central time.