Viking Softball Finishes Wednesday 2-1

Valley City State softball opened the 2014 season at the St. Paul Dome on Tuesday and finished the day 0-3, but had a 2-1 Wednesday to bring their season record up to 2-4 through the two-day stretch.

Sioux Falls (S.D.) 2, VCSU 1

Viking senior Samantha Nalley pitched six strong innings, but Viking bats could only muster three hits in a 2-1 loss to open the season. Nalley scattered eight hits, allowed two earned runs and struck out five in six innings of work.

Sophomore infielder Katarina Boychuk collected a hit and drove in senior first base Stephanie Lahey for the Vikings' only run. Lahey and freshman catcher Olivia Damge each had a hit.

Bemidji State (Minn.) 4, VCSU 1

Valley City outhit Bemidji State 9-5 but the Beavers used a three-run second inning to take control in the game.

The Vikings cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth after junior outfielder Shayna Taffinder drove in Lahey for the Vikings' only run. Sophomore second base Katie Cameron and Damge both had two hits in the loss.

Freshman Ashley Metcalf pitched all seven innings for the Vikings, allowing five hits and four earned runs while striking out six.

Jamestown 7, VCSU 2

The Vikings and Jimmies battled back and forth for the first 4 1/2 innings Tuesday before Jamestown scored five runs in the fifth inning to take control.

Valley City State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third, but Jamestown responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning. VCSU tied it up at 2-2 in the top of the fifth before Jamestown's big inning.

Boychuk led the Viking offense with three hits and a run. Cameron had two hits, a run and an RBI, and senior third base Liz Hall-Sewell also collected two hits and an RBI.

Valley City State bats came alive on Wednesday, day two of VCSU's three-day season-opening stretch.

After scoring just four total runs in three Tuesday losses, the Viking offense exploded for 18 runs on Wednesday and posted at 2-1 record at the St. Paul Dome.

Valley City State, now 2-4 on the season, is off until March 12 when they begin their spring trip to Tucson, Ariz.

VCSU 5, Bemidji State 3

After losing 2-1 to Bemidji State (Minn.) on Tuesday, the Vikings picked up their first win of the season in a 5-3 victory on Wednesday. Freshman third base Rochelle Schulze hit a three-run dinger and paced the lineup with four RBIs. Lahey added two hits and Hall-Sewell drove in a run.

Starting junior pitcher Lindsey White picked up the victory, working four innings and allowing two hits and one run while striking out six.

VCSU 8, Wisconsin-Superior 4

VCSU scored in five straight innings as they posted a season-high eight runs against Wisconsin-Superior.

Four different Vikings had at least two hits, led by sophomore second base Katie Cameron and Hall-Sewell who each had three hits. Junior outfield/catcher Savannah McMillin blasted a home run and had two hits and two RBIs, and Schulze had two hits and drove in three runs. Valley City plated two runs in the second inning, one in the third and fourth, and two more runs in both the fifth and sixth innings.

Samantha Nalley pitched all seven innings for the win, struck out eight and allowed five hits and three earned runs.

Crown College 6, VCSU 5

A back-and-forth game went against the Vikings late in their final Tuesday game. Crown College (Minn.) scored two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings for a 6-5 victory. The Vikings threatened in the bottom of the seventh with two runners on, but couldn't push the tying run across.

Schulze led the offense with two hits and an RBI, giving her six hits and eight RBIs for Tuesday. Hall-Sewell also collected two hits and an RBI.

VCSU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after the first inning. Crown tied it at 2-2 in the fourth, but VCSU regained the lead at 3-2 in the bottom of the inning. Crown then went ahead 4-3 in the sixth before the Vikings plated two runs for a 5-4 lead. Crown scored last with two runs in the top of the seventh.

Viking freshman Morgan Nalley pitched five strong innings, allowing four hits and three runs while striking out nine. Metcalf and Samantha Nalley each pitched an inning in relief.