MADISON, S.D. - Valley City State (N.D.) used their fast start in the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) conference softball doubleheader sweep over Dakota State in Trojans' home opener at Thue Softball Complex. The Vikings exploded for 12 runs in the first game for a 12-0 victory and held on to a 7-5 extra innings win in the night cap.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 8-10 and 0-2 A.I.I. conference record. Valley City State improved their overall record to 3-17 and 2-2 A.I.I. conference record. The Vikings had won the last seven games in the series meeting with the Trojans (DSU last win vs. VCSU was on May 8, 2010).
Game 1 - Valley City State (N.D.) 6, Dakota State (S.D.) 0 (5 innings) - BOX SCORE
The Vikings racked up a total of six runs to open the first game of the doubleheader. VCSU started the game by producing four straight hits from Katarina Boychuk, Hayley Bevan, Adrianna Boychuck and Hilary Kulczewski. Adrianna Boychuk hit an RBI single to score Katarina Boychuk for Vikings' first run of the game.
VCSU made it 3-0 after Kulczewski hit a 2-RBI single with one out in the top first inning. Caitlin Giesbrecht added an RBI single to make it 4-0 in favor of the Vikings. Brittany Lehner hit a 2-run home run to extend VCSU's lead to 6-0.
Dakota State was unable to convert their scoring opportunities as they left three runners on base in the bottom first frame.
Mackenzie Hamre recorded an RBI single in the top second inning as the Vikings widen their lead to 7-0.
VCSU produced five runs in the top fourth inning as they make a double-digit lead over DSU. The Vikings recorded six hits in the inning.
The game ended in the bottom fifth inning as VCSU sealed the victory.
Audrey Lorenz, Katie Silbowski, Brittany Hill and Shai-Lee Hill each had a single for the Trojans.
Five VCSU players - Katarina Boychuk, Adrianna Boychuk, Kulczewski, Savannah McMillin and Lehner - had two hits in the game. Lehner had a home run, a single and produced four RBIs. Liz Hall-Sewell had a double and two RBIs. Kulczewski added two RBIs.
VCSU outhit DSU 14-4 in the game.
Valley City State left eight runners on base. DSU had seven runners left on base.
Silbowski picked up the loss on the pitching mound for the Trojans. She tossed 3 1/3 innings and allowed seven runs (one unearned) on seven hits. Samantha Deen worked 1 2/3 innings in relief. She gave up five runs on seven hits.
Samantha Neely recorded the victory for VCSU. She pitched four innings and limited the Trojans to four hits. Neely had nine strikeouts. Hamre pitched a shutout fifth inning in relief.
Game 2 - Valley City State (N.D.) 7, Dakota State (S.D.) 5 (10 innings) - BOX SCORE
The Vikings fueled the game by scoring four quick runs in the opening inning of the second game. VCSU scored four times to earn a 4-0 lead. The Trojans committed four defensive errors in the top first frame.
The Trojans scored twice in the bottom first inning to reduce their deficit. Lorenz opened with a bunt single. Renaye Gamson reached on base by VCSU's defensive error and advanced Lorenz to third base. Brittany Hill hit an RBI single with one out to score Lorenz as DSU earned their first run of the game. Elizabeth Rubalcava hit an RBI single to score Gamson as the Trojans cut VCSU's lead to 4-2.
Brittany Hill smashed a solo home run with two outs in the bottom third as DSU trimmed their deficit to 4-3. It was her second home run of the season.
DSU scored once in the bottom half of the fifth inning to tie the game. Lorenz started the inning with a single. Gamson hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Lorenz to second base. Brittany Hill hit a two-out RBI single to score Lorenz as the Trojans tied the game at 4-4.
Giesbrecht hit a single to open the top sixth frame for the Vikings. Lehner recorded an RBI double to score Courtney Shadlock (pinch runner for Giesbrecht) as VCSU regained their lead at 5-4.
Dakota State mounted a rally in the bottom seventh inning. Lorenz hit a single with one out. After Gamson's fly-out to left field (2 outs), Silbowski reached on base by a walk and advanced Lorenz to second base. Brittany Hill hit a RBI single to score Lorenz to tie the game at 5-5. DSU could not add another run as the game was extended into extra innings (DSU left two runners on base).
Both teams went three-and-out in the eighth inning.
VCSU recorded another three-and-out in the top ninth inning. The Trojans left one runner on base in the bottom ninth frame.
The Vikings quickly opened the top 10th inning with two straight hits. Kulczewski opened the inning with a single. McMillin hit a double to left-center to score Kulczewski to earn a 6-5 lead. VCSU added another run caused by DSU's defensive error to extend their lead to 7-5.
Dakota State was unable to score in the bottom 10th frame as they left one runner on base.
Brittany Hill went perfect at the plate for the Trojans, going 5-for-5 with a home run and four singles. She produced four RBIs. Lorenz added three singles and scored three runs. Gamson had a double and a run scored. Rubalcava recorded a single and an RBI. Bretton Lein had a hit.
Kulczewski went 3-for-5 at the plate with a double, two singles and an RBI for the Vikings. McMillin added a double, a single and two RBIs. Lehner had a double. Katarina Boychuk had two hits. Hamre recorded a single and two RBIs.
DSU outhit the Vikings 11-10.
The Trojans committed five defensive errors in the game compared to VCSU one error.
Valley City State left nine runners on base. Dakota State left eight runners on base.
Lori Harshbarger started the game for the Trojans. She worked the first 4 1/3 innings and gave up four unearned runs on six hits. Shai-Lee Hill pitched 2/3 innings in relief and allowed one run on two hits. Silbwoski (4-5) recorded the loss in relief. She tossed five innings and gave up two runs (one unearned) on two hits. She struck out four VCSU's batters.
Nalley (2-11) pitched a complete game victory for the Vikings. She allowed five runs (one unearned) on 11 hits. She recorded 15 strikeouts.
Dakota State looks to end their six-game losing streak Thursday afternoon (tomorrow) as they visit in-state rival Dakota Wesleyan. The doubleheader is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. at the Caldwell Park/Drake Field in Mitchell, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director