Ashley Metcalf pitches Saturday for Valley City State. (Jake Pommerer/VCSU)
|Mayville State (N.D.)||2||0||3||0||1||1||0||7||10||4|
|Valley City State (N.D.)||1||0||0||0||6||3||0||10||10||1|
|Valley City, N.D., |
|-||Winner|| Metcalf, Ashley|
| Kemball, Shaye||Loser||-|
| 2 Players (#2,#12)||Doubles|| 2 Players (#5,#21)|
| #10 Ishikawa, Kiana||Triples|| None|
| #25 Gurgian, Nina||Home Runs|| None|
The Valley City State softball team scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning Saturday, rallying from a five-run deficit en route to a 10-7 victory over Mayville State University.
Game two of the scheduled doubleheader was halted due to darkness with Mayville State leading 7-3 in the top of the seventh inning. That game will be resumed Sunday at 1 p.m. in Valley City. The Vikings and Comets will then play another doubleheader Sunday to close out their weekend series.
Valley City State improves its record to 13-16 overall and 4-3 in conference play. Mayville State drops to 8-12 overall and 1-4 in the conference.
Mayville State started fast in game one, jumping out to a 5-1 lead after a 3-run home run by Nina Gurgian in the top of the third inning. Mayville State extended the lead to 6-1 in the fifth before the Vikings big rally.
VCSU opened the bottom of the fifth with six straight hits as they scored six runs to take a 7-6 lead. The big blow came off the bat of freshman Emily Smith, who batted with the bases loaded and delivered a bases-clearing double.
Kiana Ishikawa's RBI triple for Mayville State tied the game at 7-7 in the top of the sixth. The Vikings answered right back in the bottom of the inning with three runs. Kelli Moore delivered the go-ahead hit with an RBI single that scored Jayme Menard. VCSU would add two more runs later in the inning on a Comet error.
Mayville State loaded the bases in the top of the seventh, but Ashley Metcalf struck out Shaye Kemball on a seven-pitch at-bat to end the game.
Metcalf earned the win for VCSU after coming on in relief in the fourth inning. She scattered seven hits over four innings of work and allowed two runs. She walked two and struck out one. Morgan Nalley started in the circle and pitched three innings for VCSU, allowing three hits and five runs. She walked three and struck out one.
Shaye Kemball took the loss for Mayville after pitching all six innings and allowing 10 hits and 10 runs, six of which were earned. The Comets committed four errors and finished with seven runs on 10 hits.
The Vikings committed one error and had 10 runs on 10 hits. Smith went 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs. Kelli Moore was 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs and two RBIs. Kelsey Hamade and Jayme Menard each scored two runs as well.
Gurgian led the Comet offense with a 2-for-3 game, scoring a run and driving in four. Jolene Ruiz went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs, and Daisy Macias added a pair of hits as well.
Up next: VCSU and Mayville will resume their halted game at 1 p.m. Sunday in Valley City, and then play another doubleheader.