Box Score Recap
3
VS
5
Viterbo University
Valley City State
Brady Anderson hits Friday for VCSU. (Jacob Pommerer/VCSU)
Brady Anderson hits Friday for VCSU. (Jacob Pommerer/VCSU)
Baseball - Fri, May 5, 2017
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Viterbo (Wis.) ( 12-35)000002001350
Valley City State (N.D.) ( 26-24)0020000305102
Valley City, ND
Viterbo (Wis.)PitchingValley City State (N.D.)
-Winner Van Vacter, Jacob
Costello, JohnLoser-
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Viterbo (Wis.)Indv. StatsValley City State (N.D.)
2 Players (#1,#33)Doubles #6 Bagby, Nate
NoneTriples None
#12 Bell, EthanHome Runs 2 Players (#12,#29)

VALLEY CITY - Joe Demers broke a 2-2 tie with an eighth-inning home run Friday as the Valley City State baseball team won its first round game at the NSAA Tournament, 5-3 against Viterbo University.

Jacob VanVacter pitched a complete game for VCSU with his only real blemish coming on a two-run home run by Ethan Bell. VanVacter struck out 12, walked only one, and gave up just five hits and two earned runs in his nine innings of work.

Demers' solo home run to open the bottom of the eighth inning broke a 2-2 tie and jump-started a three-run inning for the Vikings. Brady Anderson, Ben Bruenjes and Nate Bagby followed with hits – including an RBI double by Bagby – as the Vikings opened the inning with four straight hits. Anthony Necochea added a sacrifice fly to score Bruenjes for the final run of the inning.

Valley City State (26-24) advances to play Mayville State in a winner's bracket game Saturday at 2 p.m. in Valley City. Viterbo (12-35) drops into loser-out play and will face Waldorf University at 11 a.m. Saturday in Valley City. Earlier in Bracket B play on Friday, Mayville State defeated Waldorf by a score of 14-5 on Friday.

The Vikings opened the scoring Friday with Brady Anderson's two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning. Jared Meiklejohn reached with a one-out single through the left-side of the infield and then Anderson brought him in with a deep home run to straight-away center field.

The V-Hawks threatened in the top of the fifth after Ryan Sand's two-base error put Brad Giss at second base with no outs. D.J. Wilson followed with a one-out liner to left field, but VCSU's Tyler Ukestad made a great diving catch to record the second out of the inning. VanVacter then struck out Noah Bouley to end the threat.

Viterbo finally broke through against VanVacter in the top of the sixth. Brent Stoughtenger was hit by a pitch to open the inning and then Ethan Bell tied the game with a two-run home run down the left-field line.

VCSU had chances to take the lead back in the sixth and seventh innings, but left a runner at third base in both innings. Viterbo had an opportunity in the top of the seventh after Noah Bouley hit a two-out double to the right-field fence that put runners on second and third. VanVacter responded by getting a fly ball to record the final out of the inning.

The Vikings finally broke the 2-2 tie in the bottom of the eighth when Demers led off the inning with a high fly to right-center that carried out of the park near the 385-foot sign. The Vikings tacked on two more runs in the inning. Viterbo added a run in the top of the ninth on a VCSU error.

Anderson led the Viking offense with a 3-for-4 day, scoring two runs and driving in two on his third-inning home run. Nate Bagby added two hits and an RBI. VCSU scored its five runs on 10 hits. The Vikings committed two errors. Demers and Necochea each had a hit and RBI.

Bell went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run to lead Viterbo's offense. The V-Hawks had five hits in the game and did not commit an error.

John Costello took the loss for Viterbo after working the first seven innings. The right-hander gave up eight hits and four runs. He walked one and struck out four.

Up next: Valley City State (26-24) advances to play Mayville State in a winner's bracket game Saturday at 2 p.m. in Valley City. Viterbo (12-35) drops into loser-out play and will face Waldorf University at 11 a.m. Saturday in Valley City.