Ben Bruenjes, left, and Andrew Frank had big days for the Vikings on Friday at Dickinson.
|Valley City State||3||2||3||0||0||1||2||1||2||0||14||20||0|
|Dickinson State (N.D.)||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||0||6||10||1|
|Dickinson, ND |
| Van Vacter, Jacob||Winner||-|
|-||Loser|| Lane, Jalen|
| 4 Players||Doubles|| 3 Players|
| None||Triples|| #20 Robinson, Micquel|
| #24 Bruenjes, Ben||Home Runs|| #3 Cuch, Jacob|
|Valley City State||1||1||0||0||2||0||2||0||6||10||0|
|Dickinson State (N.D.)||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||3||2|
| Frank, Andrew||Winner||-|
|-||Loser|| Absher, Ryan|
| 2 Players (#24,#26)||Doubles|| None|
| None||Triples|| None|
| #6 Bagby, Nate||Home Runs|| #15 Brescia, Danny|
DICKINSON, N.D. – The Valley City State baseball team continued its mid-season surge with a doubleheader sweep Friday at Dickinson State University.
After putting up 42 runs in a four-game sweep against Winnipeg last weekend, the Vikings continued their offensive outburst on Friday in Dickinson. The Vikings banged out 20 hits and 14 runs in game one, winning 14-6, and then tallied 10 hits and six runs during a 6-1 victory in game two.
The pair of wins runs VCSU's conference winning streak to eight games. After starting conference play 0-2, the Vikings have won their last eight NSAA contests against Mayville State (2), Winnipeg (4) and Dickinson (2). VCSU is now 14-18 overall and 8-2 in the North Star Athletic Association.
Up next: Valley City State and Dickinson State (16-16, 6-4 NSAA) wrap up their series on Saturday in Dickinson. Saturday's doubleheader begins at 12 p.m. MT/1 p.m. CT.
VCSU 14, Dickinson State 6
The Viking offense exploded for 20 hits and 14 runs in the first game of the day. VCSU scored eight runs in the first three innings to build an early 8-4 lead it would never relinquish.
Ben Bruenjes hit a pair of home runs for the Vikings, including a three-run shot in the top of the first inning and a two-run home run in the ninth. Emmanuel Leyva also homered and finished 2-for-3 with three runs and three RBIs.
Valley City State struck first on Bruenjes blast in the first inning. The Blue Hawks answered back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the first, but the Vikings scored twice in the second inning and three times in the third inning to take control of the game.
Jacob VanVacter pitched eight innings to earn the win for VCSU. After a shaky start, he allowed just one run over his final six innings of work. VanVacter gave up nine hits and five runs, did not walk anyone and struck out five for his third win of the season.
Seven of the nine Viking starters had at least two hits in the game. Bruenjes led the way with a 3-for-6 game, scoring two runs and picking up five RBIs. Jared Meiklejohn had RBI hits in both the second and third innings, and Joe Demers, Brady Anderson and Anthony Necochea all had three hits each.
VCSU 6, Dickinson State 1
Andrew Frank pitched a complete game for the victory, needing just 73 pitches to work seven strong innings for VCSU. The right-hander gave up just three hits and one run, striking out seven and walking only one. Of Frank's 73 pitches, 56 went for strikes as he won his third game of the season.
With the Vikings leading 4-1 in the top of the seventh, Nate Bagby delivered a pair of insurance runs with a two-run home run over the right-field fence.
VCSU struck first with single runs in the first and second innings. The Vikings added two more runs in the fifth before Bagby's home run in the seventh. Anthony Necochea had RBI singles in the first and fifth innings, and Tyler Ukestad drove in a pair of runs with an RBI single in the second and a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Necochea finished 3-for-4 with a pair of runs and two RBIs. Ben Bruenjes and Nate Soulis each had a pair of hits, and Ukestad finished 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.