Kelsey Hamade, left, and Kelli Moore.
|Valley City State (N.D.)||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||7||2|
|Purdue Northwest (Ind.)||0||0||1||1||3||4||9||9||1|
|-||Winner|| Pagan, Holly|
| Gallais, Kathleen||Loser||-|
| None||Doubles|| #03 Kotzo, Taylor|
| None||Triples|| None|
| None||Home Runs|| #03 Kotzo, Taylor|
|Valley City State (N.D.)||0||3||1||2||0||6||0||12||19||1|
|Tucson, Ariz., |
|-||Winner|| Nalley, Morgan|
| Miller, Lairen||Loser||-|
| None||Doubles|| #4 Pautz, Cassie|
| None||Triples|| None|
| #11 Brown, Ashley||Home Runs|| #21 Smith, Emily|
The Valley City State softball team split another pair of games Monday during its spring trip to Tucson, Ariz.
The Vikings dropped Monday's opener against Purdue University Northwest, 9-1. Valley City State bounced back as the bats came alive in game two, a 12-8 victory over Huntington University.
VCSU is now 9-11 overall and is 2-4 on the trip to Tucson.
Up next: Valley City State has Tuesday off before resuming its spring break trip Wednesday with games against Huntington University (5:30 p.m.) and Robert Morris University (8 p.m.).
Purdue Northwest 9, VCSU 1
The Vikings struggled to string together hits in game one Tuesday. VCSU finished with one run on seven hits. The Vikings committed two errors. Purdue Northwest posted nine runs on nine hits.
The teams were locked in a tight battle until late in the game. Tied at 1-1, Purdue scored a single run in the bottom of the fourth to go up 2-1. Purdue then broke the game open with three runs in the fifth and fourth runs in the sixth inning.
Kelli Moore had two hits and scored a run to lead the Viking offense. Kelsey Hamade went 1-for-3 and drove in VCSU's only run.
Kathleen Gallais took the loss after pitching 4 2/3 innings. She allowed four hits and five runs. Gallais struck out six and walked eight.
VCSU 12, Huntington University 8
Emily Smith hit a 3-run home run and the Viking offense came alive with season-highs of 19 hits and 12 runs in game two on Monday.
The top four Viking batters all had at least three hits in the game. Leadoff hitter Kelsey Hamade went 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Jayme Menard was 3-for-5 and scored a run. Cassie Pautz finished 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI; and Kelli Moore went 3-for-4 with a run and three RBIs.
Smith hit her 3-run home run in the sixth inning, part of a 6-run inning that put the Vikings up for good at 12-7. VCSU finished with 12 runs, 19 hits and one error. Huntington had eight runs, nine hits and five errors.
Morgan Nalley pitched a complete game for VCSU, picking up her sixth win of the season. Nalley scattered nine hits and eight runs over her seven innings of work. She walked three and struck out eight.