Steven Velarde pitching earlier this season.
|Valley City State||1||2||0||1||1||0||0||1||0||6||15||2|
|Dickinson State (N.D.)||5||1||0||4||0||0||1||3||0||14||21||0|
|-||Winner|| Lizarraga, Gabe|
| Roos, Jordon||Loser||-|
| #13 Necochea, Anthony||Doubles|| 3 Players|
| None||Triples|| #12 Hanosky, Karson|
| 2 Players (#3,#31)||Home Runs|| None|
|Valley City State||0||0||6||2||1||0||0||0||9||15||1|
|Dickinson State (N.D.)||0||1||1||0||0||3||0||0||5||5||2|
| Velarde, Steven||Winner||-|
|-||Loser|| Getchell, Sean|
| #4 Smith, Austin||Doubles|| #30 Osborne, Sagan|
| None||Triples|| None|
| 4 Players||Home Runs|| 2 Players (#30,#33)|
The Valley City State baseball team continued it offensive resurgence on Saturday, tallying 30 hits and six home runs as the Vikings split a conference doubleheader at Dickinson State.
VCSU lost a slugfest in game one Saturday, falling 14-6. The Vikings bounced back with four home runs in game two as they earned a 9-5 win in the series finale.
VCSU is now 15-19 overall and 9-3 in conference play after winning three out of four in Dickinson. The Blue Hawks are now 17-17 overall and 7-5 in the NSAA. The Vikings are 9-1 over their last 10 conference games.
Up next: Valley City State is scheduled to play a non-conference game Wednesday at Concordia College in Moorhead. The Vikings resume conference play Friday and Saturday with a four-game home series against Presentation College. Friday's games start at 2 p.m. and Saturday's doubleheader with the Saints is set to start at noon.
Dickinson State 14, VCSU 6
The Vikings tallied 15 hits in game one but could not keep up with the Blue Hawks, who scored 14 runs on 21 hits. Dickinson State set the tone early with five runs in the bottom of the first inning, taking a 5-1 lead.
Jared Meiklejohn had a perfect game at the plate for VCSU, going 5-for-5 with two runs, three RBIs, a double and a home run. Grant Wehseler also homered for the Vikings and both Anthony Necochea and Ryan Sand had a pair of hits.
Jordon Roos took the loss for VCSU after starting on the mound. He went three innings, giving up eight hits and six runs. He walked two and struck out four.
VCSU 9, Dickinson State 5
The Vikings closed the weekend strong in game two Saturday, picking up a 9-5 win to earn the series victory.
Trailing 1-0 after two innings, the Vikings erupted for six runs in the third inning to take the lead for good. Jared Meiklejohn opened the inning with a solo home run, and two batters later Brady Anderson hit a two-run home run to put the Vikings ahead. Austin Smith added a two-run double to cap off the big inning.
Ben Bruenjes added a two-run home run in the fourth inning – his third home run of the weekend – and Tyler Ukestad went deep with a solo shot in the fifth inning.
Anderson's two-run blast also set a new RBI record at VCSU, giving him 133 career RBIs. That breaks the old mark of 131 RBIs held by Scott Radloff (1979-82).
Ukestad finished 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs and two RBIs. Austin Smith had two hits and drove in two, and both Anderson and Bruenjes had two RBIs as well. Joe Demers went 3-for-4 and scored a pair of runs.
Steven Velarde pitched a complete game to pick up his third victory of the season. The senior right-hander gave up five hits and four earned runs in seven innings. He walked only two and struck out eight.