The Viking bats exploded on the day and they received more solid pitching and defense to back it up as they swept rival Jamestown College.
The Vikings sent twelve batters to the plate in the bottom of the first and plated eight runs and it was all they would need in the mercy shortened game. Cyndi Figol led the Viking offense with a perfect three for three outing while Hilary Kulczewski and Brittany Lehner led the team in RBI with two each. In total the Vikings outhit the Jimmies nine to three. Kulczewski also added a solo home run, her fifth of the season.
In the circle Katie McBride mystified the Jimmies to the tune of three hits, one earned run and four strike outs to no base on balls. The Viking defense behind her committed zero errors. The win was McBride’s seventh.
Valley City State 6, Jamestown College 2
Tied two to two in the bottom of the sixth, the Vikings plated four runs to put the game out of reach and earn a home sweep of the Jimmies.
Jamestown College jumped out to a one run lead in the second before starting pitcher Krystal Hathaway tied it with a long ball to right field in the home half of the same inning. The Vikings took a one run lead in the bottom of the fifth on a double by Hayley Bevan scoring Brittany Lehner to give them a 2-1 lead. The Jimmies tied it in the top of the sixth with a solo home run, and then the Vikings went to work.
Cyndi Figol led off the bottom of the sixth with a single and was promptly moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Paige Smith. Then with two out, Kulczewski connected to right center for a double to plate Figol with the tie breaking run. Courtney Shadlock, pinch running for Kulczewski scored on an RBI single by her sister Jen Shadlock. Then Emma Nelson hit a line drive home run over the left field fence to put the game away for the Vikings.
Hathaway picked up the win after being roughed up on Monday by the Jimmies. She gave up two earned runs on two walks and three strikeouts.
With the sweep the Vikings now stand 12-5 in the Dakota Athletic Conference. The twelve wins ties a team record for conference wins set in 2007. Overall the Vikings are 18-14.
Valley City State travels out of conference for a doubleheader on Thursday, April 28 when they play at NCAA Division II MSU-Moorhead at 3 and 5 pm.
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