Box Score Recap
Valley City State
University of Jamestown
Max Koprek, left, and Manny Leyva.
Max Koprek, left, and Manny Leyva.
Baseball - Wed, Oct. 4, 2017
Valley City State (N.D.)020000000220
Jamestown (N.D.)1000002104111
Valley City State (N.D.)PitchingJamestown (N.D.)
-Winner Thometz, Chase
Hirsch, AndrewLoser-
-Save Evans, Eric
Valley City State (N.D.)Indv. StatsJamestown (N.D.)
NoneDoubles #4 Pilat, Drake
NoneTriples None
#7 Leyva, EmmanuelHome Runs None

JAMESTOWN – Viking junior Emmanuel Leyva hit an early two-run home run that stood up for six innings Wednesday, but it wasn't quite enough offense as the Viking baseball team lost its final game of the fall season, 4-2 at University of Jamestown.

Leyva's two-run blast over the left-field fence gave the Vikings a 2-1 lead in the top of the second inning. The Vikings would hold that lead through six innings thanks to a strong pitching performance by Max Koprek. The senior right-hander limited Jamestown's high-powered offense to just one run and six hits through six innings. He walked just one and struck out six.

Jamestown finally broke through against the Viking bullpen in the seventh inning, getting a two-out, bases-loaded single to score two runs and take a 3-2 lead. The Jimmies tacked on another run in the bottom of the eighth.

Andrew Hirsch was tagged with the loss after coming on in the seventh inning with no outs and a runner on base. Hirsch nearly wiggled his way out of the jam before Kory Wolden lined a two-out single up the middle to give Jamestown the lead.

VCSU managed just two hits in the game – Leyva's home run and a leadoff single by Ryan Sand in the top of the ninth inning.

As good as VCSU's pitching was, Jamestown's was even better. Jamestown starter Chase Thometz was dominant. His lone blemish was Leyva's home run as he struck out 13 and allowed just the one hit over eight innings. Eric Evans pitched the ninth inning for the save.

Up next: Valley City State ends the fall season with a 3-5 overall record. VCSU will resume its season in March.