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Valley City State University
Baseball - Sun, Mar. 29, 2015

March 29, 2015

PHOTO GALLERY - Photo credits by Cody Welu

MADISON, S.D. – Trailing 2-0 in the first game of the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Baseball doubleheader between Dakota State (S.D.) and Valley City State (N.D.) at Flynn Field, the Trojans outscored the Vikings 9-1 for the next six innings to earn their second straight victory with a 9-3 win.  DSU jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second game of the doubleheader, but VCSU outscored the Trojans 6-0 in the next six innings for an 8-2 victory.  The Trojans and Vikings completed a four-game series split for the weekend.

Dakota State is 6-21 overall record, while Valley City State is 18-15 overall record.  Both teams, along with Dickinson State (N.D.) and Presentation (S.D.), are tied for first place in the NSAA conference standings with a 2-2 record.

Game 1:  Dakota State (S.D.) 9, Valley City State (N.D.) – FINAL

The Vikings grabbed the first lead of the game in the first inning.  Anthony Necochea started off with a single for VCSU.  Joe Demers hit an RBI triple with one out to score Necochea for the first run of the game.  Jake Rambow added an RBI ground out to score Demers to extend VCSU's lead to 2-0.

The Trojans scored three runs in the bottom second frame.  Nick Serrata was hit-by-pitch to lead off the bottom second inning.  He advanced to second base after Ricardo Chagollan recorded a sacrifice bunt.  Tyler Ratkie ripped an RBI double to score Serrata for DSU's first run of the game (VCSU led 2-1).

DSU's Ryan Schlesser added a single to advance Ratkie to third base in the bottom second.  A passed ball by the Vikings advanced Danny Lopiparo to second base.  Brady Wauer produced an RBI single to score Ratkie to tie the game at 2-2 (Lopiparo advanced to third base).  Ian Barker added an RBI fielder's choice to score Lopiparo as DSU overtook the lead from the Vikings at 3-2.

Valley City State answered back with a run scored in the top third inning, thanks to back-to-back doubles from Necochea and Tom Houdek.  Rambow recorded an RBI sacrifice fly with one out to score Necoceha to knot the game at 3-3.

Trojan Jake Harris reached on base by VCSU's defensive error to kick off the bottom third inning.  He advanced to second after a wild pitch by Viking Alan Sandoval.  After Serrata's ground out to advance Harris to third, Sandoval committed another wild pitch to allow Harris to score as DSU regained their lead at 4-3.

Dakota State scored two runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning as their lead grew to 6-3.  Barker recorded an RBI single and DSU added a run caused by VCSU's defensive miscue.

DSU added another two runs in the fifth inning after Schlesser blasted an RBI triple to score Ratkie, who led off the inning with a single.  Barker reached on base by VCSU's error and allowed Lopiparo to score to make it 8-3 in favor of the Trojans.

Chagollan had an RBI ground out in the bottom sixth inning for 9-3 Trojans lead.

Valley City State was unable to score from the fourth through seventh innings.  DSU's Bryant Westra retired 12 consecutive Vikings' batters before giving up back-to-back singles in the top seventh inning.  Westra closed the game with a strikeout to Houdek, securing DSU's second straight victory.

Schlesser was 2-for-4 at the plate with a triple, single and an RBI for the Trojans.  Lopiparo scored three times as a courtesy runner for Schlesser.  Barker added two hits and collected three RBIs.  Ratkie had a double, single and an RBI.  Wauer earned two singles and an RBI.  Jordan Entrikin and Chagollan each had an RBI.

Necochea tallied three hits (double, two singles) for the Vikings.  He scored twice in the game.  Rambow recorded two RBIs.  Nate Bagby had two hits.  Demers had a triple and an RBI.  Brock Powell had a hit.

DSU had nine hits in the game compared to VCSU eight hits.  The Vikings committed five defensive errors while the Trojans did not record an error.

The Trojans left eight runners on base.  Valley City State had five runners left on base.

Westra (1-2) nailed down his first victory of the season after tossing a complete game for Dakota State.  He allowed three runs on eight hits.  Westra recorded five strikeouts.

Sandoval (3-1) suffered his first pitching loss for the Vikings.  He pitched three-plus innings and allowed six runs (three unearned) on seven hits.  Breion Barron worked for two innings in relief and gave up two runs on two hits.  Jordan Roos pitched in the sixth inning, allowing an unearned run and two walks.

Game 2 – Valley City State (N.D.) 8, Dakota State (S.D.) 2 – FINAL

The Trojans jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second game of the doubleheader, but the Vikings outscored DSU 8-0 in the next six innings to earn a doubleheader split.

Dakota State scored twice in the opening inning.  Entrikin hit a single and advanced to second after VCSU's Chip Rosales' pick-off error.  Harris added a walk, followed by Serrata's hit-by-pitch to set up a bases loaded situation for the Trojans.

Chagollan was hit-by-pitch with one out and earned an RBI to score Entriking, giving DSU a 1-0 opening lead.  The Trojans added another run after Ratkie recorded an RBI fielder's choice to score Harris for Trojans' 2-0 lead.

The Vikings snapped their scoring drought with a pair of runs – both with two outs – in the top fourth inning.  Brandon Welinski earned an RBI single to score Rambow to cut DSU's lead to 2-1.  VCSU scored another run caused by Trojans' defensive error after Welinski stole for second base, allowing Bagby to score for a 2-2 tie.

Valley City State exploded for three runs in the top fifth frame after producing three consecutive hits to start the inning.  Mitch Scheer led off with a double, followed by Xavier Padilla's single to advance Scheer to third base.  Necochea added an RBI single to score Scheer.  On the same play, Padilla scored caused by DSU's misplayed grounder and advanced Necochea to second base (VCSU leads 4-2).  Demers added an RBI single to score Necochea to expand VCSU's lead to 5-3.

The Vikings scored another three-run in the top seventh inning to make it 8-2. 

DSU left a runner on base in the bottom seventh inning as VCSU secured the victory.

Entrikin had a double and single for Dakota State.  He scored twice.  Harris added a single and a run.  Chagollan and Ratkie each earned an RBI.  Farley had a hit.  Harris, Serrata, Chagollan, Ratkie and Farley each reached on base by a walk.

Houdek, Scheer and Rambow each had a double for Valley City State.  Padilla recorded two singles.  Necochea, Demers, Welinski and Ben Bruenjes each had a hit.  Necochea, Houdek, Demers, Rambow, Bagby and Welinski each produced an RBI.

VCSU outhit DSU 11-4 in the game.  The Trojans left 10 runners on base compared to the Vikings 6 runners on base.  Dakota State committed four defensive errors while Valley City State had three errors.

Jorgensen (0-3) recorded the loss on the pitching mound for DSU, despite retiring the first eight VCSU's batters.  He allowed four runs (two unearned) on five hits.  Richard Sternberg came in relief and worked for 2 1/3 inning, giving up four runs (one unearned) on five hits.  Connor Nagel pitched a scoreless sixth inning and allowed one hit.

Rosales (3-2) threw a complete game victory for VCSU.  He allowed two runs (one unearned) on four hits.  Rosales struck out six DSU's batters and walked five times.

Dakota State swings back in action Tuesday afternoon as they host their in-state rival Mount Marty (S.D.) in a doubleheader.  The first game is slated to start at 2 p.m. at Flynn Field.  Valley City State returns home Friday and Saturday as they continue their NSAA conference action against rival Jamestown (N.D.).

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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