|Hope International (Calif||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||8||7||1|
|Valley City State (N.D.)||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||2||3||4||4|
|Tucson, Ariz., |
| Guillen, Alejandra||Winner||-|
|-||Loser|| Gallais, Kathleen|
| None||Doubles|| 2 Players (#4,#19)|
| None||Triples|| None|
| None||Home Runs|| None|
|Minnesota Crookston (8-11)||0||3||0||0||0||0||3||6||8||2|
|Valley City State U. (11-12)||1||0||0||6||0||2||X||9||13||2|
|Tucson, Ariz. Vincoln Park|
|-||Winner|| Nalley, M|
| Jones, M.||Loser||-|
|-||Save|| Metcalf, A|
| #10 Duda, M.||Doubles|| 2 Players (#4,#21)|
| None||Triples|| None|
| None||Home Runs|| #7 Lundin, T|
It was another day and another split Thursday for the Valley City State University softball team.
Continuing their spring trip in Tucson, Ariz., the Vikings split their games for the fourth straight day. VCSU dropped the opener, 8-3 to Hope International University, and then ended the day with a 9-6 win over University of Minnesota-Crookston.
VCSU is now 11-13 overall and 4-6 on the trip to Tucson.
Hope International University 8, VCSU 3
Despite the final deficit, game one was a tight contest throughout. The two teams were locked in a pitcher's duel and tied at 1-1 through seven innings. Hope International (Calif.) exploded for seven runs in the top of the eighth inning to build an 8-1 lead. The Vikings would get two back in the bottom but it wasn't enough as they fell 8-3.
Kathleen Gallais started in the circle for VCSU and was strong through the first seven innings before running into trouble in the eighth. Gallais went 7 1/3 innings, giving up six hits and seven runs – only three of which were earned. She walked three and struck out seven.
Offensively, the Vikings managed just four hits in the game: one each by Kelsey Hamade, Cassie Pautz, Tatum Lundin and Kadie Anderson.
VCSU 9, Minnesota-Crookston 6
Trailing 3-1 in the nightcap, the Vikings exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning en route to a 9-6 victory over Minnesota-Crookston. Cassie Pautz delivered the big blow with a bases-loaded double in the fourth, scoring three runs as part of the 6-run inning.
Pautz finished with four RBIs in the game to lead the Viking offense. Tatum Lundin was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate, scoring a run and driving in one.
Jayme Menard and Kelli Moore each finished with two hits in the game. The Vikings scored their nine runs on 13 hits.
Morgan Nalley earned the win for VCSU, pitching six innings and striking out 10 batters. She scattered six hits and three runs.