After leaving seven runners in scoring position in a 2-0 loss to Saint Mary of the Woods, the Valley City State University softball team rallied for a 6-1 win over Spring Arbor University to get a split in the final games of the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla.
In game one, Valley City State put runners in scoring position in five of the seven innings against Saint Mary of the Woods (Ind.) College, but the timely hit evaded the Viking bats and they dropped the opener on their final day 2-0.
Each team tallied only four hits each in the game as the Vikings were led by Jane Pettit’s two hits in the contest. They key play was an RBI double in the top of the seventh that broke the scoreless tie for Saint Mary of the Woods that proved to be the game winner. The Pomeroys would add one more unearned run in the inning to complete the game scoring.
Katie McBride took the tough luck loss in the circle, throwing seven innings allowing only one earned run on four hits, striking out four and walking one.
In their final game of the tournament, the Vikings got a 6-1 victory over Spring Arbor University, their second victory over the Cougars in the tournament. Valley City State led 2-1 before they scpred four runs in the top of the sixth inning to break it open and come away with the hard earned victory.
Jen Shadlock started and pitched out of several jams going four innings and allowing one earned run on seven hits, three walks and three strike outs. Katie McBride entered the game with one out in the fifth inning with runners at second and third, striking out her first batter before inducing an inning ending ground ball. The Vikings were never threatened again.
The Vikings totaled nine hits in the game led by Adrianna Boychuk and Hilary Kulczewski who garnered two hits each. Kulczewski also plated two RBI for the Vikings.
Valley City State finishes their spring break trip with a 6-4 record and return home with a 7-6 overall record. Next up for the Vikings will be the Morningside College Invitational Softball Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa.
The Vikings will play six games over three days starting Friday, March 30.
Baseball team shut out
The VCSU baseball team had a hard time getting hits in a 12-0 loss to Dakota Wesleyan Thursday in Tuscon.
Wesleyan’s pitchers, Joey Fitzgerald and Zac Custer, combined for only four allowed hits in the game and VCSU’s Kyle Skinner led his team with two hits.
The Vikings went through four pitchers, none of whom lasted more than 2.1 innings, and all 12 runs in the game were earned.
The Vikings play Wesleyan today in a doubleheader.