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Baseball - Sun, Apr. 23, 2017

April 23, 2017

MADISON, S.D. – Valley City State (N.D.) outscored Dakota State (S.D.) 27-10 Sunday afternoon in North Star Athletic Association Baseball doubleheader action at Flynn Field.  The Vikings won 14-3 in seven innings in first game and completed the four-game series sweep with a 13-7 victory.

Dakota State is 2-26 overall record and 2-18 record in the North Star conference.  Valley City State extended their winning streak to nine games, lifting their overall record to 24-20 and 17-3 record in NSAA action.

DSU steps aside their North Star conference play Tuesday afternoon as they visit NCAA Division I South Dakota State.  The nine-inning game is set for 3 p.m. at Erv Huether Field in Brookings, S.D.  Valley City State heads to Winnipeg on the same day for a nine-inning non-conference contest.

Game 1 – Valley City State (N.D.) 14, Dakota State (S.D.) 3 – FINAL/7 innings

Valley City State opened up the nine-inning game with a 1-0 lead in the first inning.  Joe Demers reached on base by a walk with one out.  The Vikings used a hit-and-run play as Brady Anderson hit a single to advance Demers to third base.  Ben Bruenjes recorded an RBI ground out to score Demers to give VCSU a one-run lead.

The Vikings added a run in the top second frame.  Anthony Necochea led off with a bunt single.  He swiped to second base with two outs.  Tyler Ukestad hit an RBI double to score Necochea as Valley City State extended their lead to 2-0.

Ukestad hit a single for VCSU in the top fourth inning.  Jared Meiklejohn followed up with a single to right field, while Ukestad scored on DSU's defensive error on the same play as the Vikings' lead grew to 3-0.

Valley City State exploded for six runs in the top fifth frame as their lead went up to 9-0.  The Vikings hit three doubles in the inning from Ukestad, Meiklejohn and Anderson.

Dakota State broke their scoring drought with two runs scored in the bottom sixth inning.  Smith Kemper led off with a single.  He swiped to second base.  Juan Sermo blasted a 2-run home run as the Trojans trailed 9-2.  It was Sermo's fourth home run of the season for DSU.

The Vikings scored five more runs in the top seventh inning to take a 14-2 lead.

DSU scored once in the bottom half of the seventh inning.  Trey Randel was hit-by-pitch.  He advanced to second base by VCSU's wild pitch.  Zach Sutera reached on base by a walk.  After Andrew Hesse's fly-out to right field, Randel advanced to third base.  He scored home after another wild pitch committed by the Vikings as Dakota State reduced their deficit to 14-3.

The Trojans left two runners on base when the game ended in the seventh inning, securing the victory for Valley City State.

Sermo had a home run and drove in two runs for Dakota State.  Kemper was 2-of-3 at the plate.  Randel added a hit and recorded a stolen base.  Dyshawn Proudlove and Kemper each swiped one base.  Jalen Boyd, Kemper and Sutera each had a walk.

Ukestad was 4-of-5 at the plate with two doubles, two singles, scored three times and tallied two RBIs for Valley City State.  Anderson added three hits and two RBIs.  Meiklejohn had a double, single and two RBIs.  Ryan Sand recorded two singles and two RBIs.  Nate Bagby and Necochea each had a hit.  Necochea and Ukestad each registered a stolen base.

VCSU outhit DSU 13-4 in the game.  The Vikings left ten runners on base while the Trojans left seven runners on base.

Hayden Rainey (L, 0-5) recorded the loss on the pitching mound for Dakota State.  He worked for 4 2/3 innings and gave up nine runs (two unearned) on ten hits.  Hesse pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief, allowing five runs (three unearned) on three hits.

Jordon Roos (W, 5-3) earned the victory for Valley City State.  He yielded two runs on four hits in six innings of work.  He struck out eight DSU's batters.  Shaun Kourajian tossed two outs in the bottom seventh inning, giving up an unearned run before Tyler Olson closed the game with the final out.

Game 2 – Valley City State (N.D.) 13, Dakota State (S.D.) 7 – FINAL

Valley City State raced to a 10-0 lead in the first three innings in the NSAA's four-game series finale.  Dakota State outscored VCSU 7-3 in the final four innings, but the Vikings held on to complete the four-game series sweep.

The Vikings quickly scored four runs with two outs in the opening inning, highlighted by Bagby's 3-run home run.  Necochea followed up with a single, while Nate Soulis drilled an RBI triple to score Necochea for VCSU 4-0 lead.

Valley City State plated six runs in the top third inning.  Soulis had 2-RBI single in the inning, while Meiklejohn hit a 2-run home run as the Vikings' lead ballooned to 10-0.

Bagby and Mitch Scheer each hit an RBI single to put VCSU up 12-0 in the top fourth inning.

The Trojans ended their scoreless drought with a pair of runs in the bottom fourth.  Boyd reached on base caused by VCSU's defensive error.  He advanced to second base after Hesse's ground out.  A passed ball by the Vikings advanced Boyd to third base.  Kemper reached on base by a walk and advanced to second base by another passed ball by the Vikings.

Connor Nagel produced a 2-RBI single to score Boyd and Kemper as DSU cut VCSU's lead to 12-2.

Valley City State made it 13-2 after Austin Smith's RBI single in the top fifth.

Proudlove and Boyd hit back-to-back solo home runs in the bottom fifth frame as the Trojans trailed 13-4.  It was Boyd's second home run of the season.

Dakota State scored two more runs in the bottom sixth.  Kemper led off with a double.  Nagel followed up with an RBI single to score Kemper (DSU trailed 13-5).  Brad Frandsen hit a single and advanced Nagel to third base.  Sutera recorded an RBI ground out to score Nagel as the Trojans cut Vikings' lead to 13-6.

Proudlove added another solo home run in the bottom seventh inning to reduce DSU's deficit to 13-7.  It was his third home run of the season, his second home run in the game.  The Trojans left a runner on base when the game ended.

Proudlove was 2-of-3 at the plate with two home runs and two RBIs for Dakota State.  Nagel was 2-of-4 with two singles and drove in three runs.  Boyd added two singles, two runs and an RBI.  Kemper had a double and scored twice.  Frandsen had a single.  Sutera added an RBI. 

Bagby had a home run, single and collected four runs for Valley City State.  Meiklejohn added a home run and two RBIs.  Soulis had a triple, single and three RBIs.  Demers, Anderson, Smith, Emmanuel Leyva and Scheer each had a hit.

VCSU had 13 hits in the game compared to DSU 8 hits.  The Vikings left seven runners on base while the Trojans had three runners left on base.

Justin Mettling (L, 0-3) took the loss after tossing three innings for Dakota State.  He allowed 10 runs (4 unearned) on seven hits.  Randel worked for two innings in relief, giving up three runs on five hits.  Boyd tossed two scoreless innings and limited the Vikings to one hit.

Steven Velarde (W, 5-1) registered the victory for Valley City State.  He pitched four innings and gave up two runs (one unearned) on one hit.  The Vikings used three different pitchers in relief with an inning each (Thomas Lindgren, Andrew Hirsch and Max Koprek).  Those three combined pitchers allowed five runs on seven hits.  Each pitched recorded two strikeouts.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

 
 
 
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