With their backs against the wall and reeling in an eight game losing streak, the Valley City State University Vikings busted out of their offensive slump and picked up a sweep of visiting Jamestown College.
In game one, Viking pitcher Katie McBride limited the Jimmie offense to just three hits and gave up one earned run to pick up the win.
Timely hitting and big play defense kept the Vikings in the game. After an unearned run in the top of the second gave the Jimmies a 1-0 lead, the Vikings plated two in the home half of the third.
A solo home run for the Jimmies tied it at 2-2.
In the bottom of the fifth, Cyndi Figol hit an RBI two out single to score leadoff hitter Shayna Taffinder for the winning run. Pinch hitter, Liz Hall ripped a two out double in the bottom of the sixth, before being pinch run for by Sara Gullickson. Gullickson then scored on an RBI single from Adrianna Boychuk to solidify the 4-2 win.
The Vikings had 11 hits in the game. Taffinder, Figol, Boychuk and Jane Pettit all tallied two each.
In game two, the Vikings jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a solo home run by Pettit to right field, then tacked on another run in the bottom of the third to take a 2-0 lead. Jamestown hit solo back-to-back home runs in the top of the fourth to tie the game before the Vikings scored two in the bottom of the fifth on a RBI single off the bat of Jen Shadlock and a Jimmy error.
The Vikings scored two more in the sixth to seal the game.
Pettit and Boychuk again tallied two hits each to lead the Viking offense. Hall again got a big RBI pinch hit to break open the game for Valley City State.
McBride pitched the second game as well, scattering eight Jamestown hits, walking three and striking out four. The Viking defense was stellar behind her with zero errors in the game.
With the sweep the Vikings work their way back to 16-17 on the season overall and 2-6 in the DAC. More importantly, they win the season series three games to two over the Jimmies, who were one spot ahead of Valley City State for the final spot in this week’s A.I.I. conference poll.
Valley City State travels to University of Minnesota Crookston Tuesday for a non-conference doubleheader.
VCHS golfer signs with VCSU
Erika Anderson of Valley City High School has signed a letter of intent to continue her education and golf at Valley City State University. Erika finished her high school career at Valley City High School with a 33rd place showing at the Class A state golf meet last fall.
She has been Valley City High School golf team’s MVP for 3 years.
“Erika is going to be a nice addition to the Viking family,” VCSU coach Ryan Bomstad said. “We have had the opportunity to watch Erika over the last few years and see her game expand on the course. We are very happy that Erika chose Valley City State to pursue her education and extend her playing career.”
Erika is looking to pursue a degree in Business and is the daughter of Karen and Scott Anderson. Anderson is the second golfer to sign with the Vikings 2012-2013 season.