BELLEVUE, Neb. - The Dakota State University baseball team opened their Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) schedule against Valley City State Friday and Saturday at the Westside Park. The series were originally scheduled to play in Valley City, N.D., but forced to relocate due to snow-covered and wet field conditions in North Dakota. The Vikings swept the Trojans (13-3, 22-5, 6-5 and 8-5).
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 1-19 and 0-4 in the DAC. Valley City State won their fifth straight game to improve their record to 10-7. The Vikings are in first-place tie with Dickinson State with a 4-0 conference record.
Game 1 - Valley City State 13, Dakota State 3 (5 innings) - Box Score
On Friday afternoon, the Vikings scored a combined ten runs in the first three innings to take a 10-0 lead in a seven-inning game.
Dakota State broke their scoring drought in the top of the fourth inning. The Trojans scored two runs to cut the Vikings' lead to 10-2.
Valley City State added three runs in the bottom fourth frame to extend their lead to 13-2. DSU scored once in the top of the fifth inning, but the Vikings secured the victory due to ten-run mercy rule.
Max Garza went 2-for-3 with two singles and an RBI for Dakota State. Ryan Steffensen and Jamie Barbour each had a single and a run scored. Kyle Braun recorded two RBIs.
For VCSU, Michael Danielson had two doubles, a single and two RBIs. Matt Borgford had three singles and three RBIs. Kyle Skinner added a double, a single and two RBIs.
The Vikings outhit the Trojans 16-4.
Tom Bailey suffered his fifth loss this season for DSU. He tossed two innings and allowed eight runs on 10 hits. Jake Weier pitched two innings in relief. He gave up five runs on six hits.
Dan Mauer tossed four innings for his first pitching victory for the Vikings. He gave up two unearned runs on three hits. Mauer struck out nine DSU's batters. Zach Noriega worked for an inning and allowed one run on one hit.
Game 2 - Valley City State 22, Dakota State 5 (7 innings) - Box Score
VCSU exploded for a total of 13 runs in the first four innings in the second game (nine-inning game) of the doubleheader on Friday evening.
In the top of the fifth inning, Dakota State tallied four runs to trim the Vikings' lead to 13-4.
Valley City State answered with nine runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to expand their lead to 22-4.
The Trojans added a run in the top of the seventh inning to make up the final score.
Chance Hargrove was 2-for-3 with a double, a single and two RBIs for Dakota State. Braun added two singles and a run scored. Steffensen and Kelly Murray each had a single. Cody Foreman scored twice.
Danielson went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, a single and recorded six RBIs for the Vikings. Josh Evans added four hits and four RBIs. Borgford recorded a triple and a single.
VCSU had 20 hits in the game compared to the Trojans' 6. The Vikings left 11 runners on base compared to the Trojans' 7.
DSU committed four errors while the Vikings recorded three.
Ted Wonnenberg took the loss for Dakota State. Jack Maeshiro recorded the victory for the Vikings.
Game 3 - Valley City State 6, Dakota State 5 - Box Score
Both teams were unable to score in the first three innings of the seven-inning game on Saturday.
Dakota State took the lead in the top of the fourth frame with two runs scored.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Vikings scored four runs to take the lead away from the Trojans (4-2). The Vikings added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth frame to make it 5-2 in favor of VCSU.
DSU put together a rally in the seventh and final inning. The Trojans scored three times to tie the game at 5-5.
The Vikings scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs for a 6-5 win over Dakota State.
Hargrove and Barbour each had two hits for DSU. Steffenen had a double and a stolen base. Braun and Murray each had a single. Chaz Palmer, Steffensen, Hargrove and Murray each recorded an RBI.
For Valley City State, Preston Jensen and Skinner each had two hits. Jensen recorded two RBIs.
Seth Doxey started the game for Dakota State. He pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on six hits. Brandon Womack recorded the loss for the Trojans. He tossed 2 1/3 innings in relief and gave up two runs on three hits.
Ryan Shaw tossed the first five innings of the game. He gave up two runs on five hits. Joey Duttenhefer worked 1/3 inning in relief. Colin Waldner recorded the win for the Vikings as he pitched the final 1 2/3 inning of the game. He allowed three runs (two unearned) on one hit.
Game 4 - Valley City State 8, Dakota State 5 - Box Score
In the series' finale (nine-inning game), the Trojans scored a combined three runs in the top of the second and third innings to grab a 3-0 lead.
Valley City State broke their scoring drought in the bottom of the third inning. The Vikings scored once to cut the Trojans' lead to 3-1.
VCSU put together a two-run fourth and fifth innings to overtake a 5-3 lead.
DSU answered back with two runs in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game at 5-5.
In the bottom of the sixth frame, the Vikings scored twice to grab a 7-5 lead. Valley City State added two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The Trojans were unable to mount a rally in the final inning as the Vikings secured a four-game sweep over DSU.
Doxey and Garza each had a double and a single for the Trojans. Steffensen and Barbour each had two hits. Palmer had a triple. Connor Hargrove, Weier and Beau Behrend each had a single. Weier swiped base twice. Steffensen, Doxey and Barbour each recorded a stolen base.
Borgford recorded a home run and three RBIs for VCSU. Reed Oistad and Patrick Vandoorne each had three hits.
DSU left 13 runners on base. The Vikings had 11 runners left on base.
Each team had 12 hits and committed four errors in the game.
Palmer started the game for the Trojans. He worked for 3 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on six hits. Womack pitched one inning in relief. He gave up two runs on two hits. Connor Hargrove took the loss for DSU as he tossed 2 2/3 innings. He allowed four runs on four hits. Andy Lee pitched one shutout inning.
Taylor Nelson recorded the win for Valley City State. He tossed six innings and gave up five runs (two unearned) on nine hits. Derek Zitzow notched his first save as he pitched the final three innings of the game. He limited the Trojans to no runs and allowed three hits.
Dakota State returns home for the first time this season on Wednesday. The Trojans will host Briar Cliff in a non-conference doubleheader. First game is slated to start at 3 p.m. at the Flynn Field.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director