Softball: Bats propel Vikings to Saturday sweep

Apr 13th, 2014 @ 10:07 am | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
VCSU 12, Presentation 9 - Box Score
VCSU 10, Presentation 8 - Box Score

The Valley City State softball team earned a doubleheader sweep at Presentation College on Saturday, outscoring the Saints 22-17 in a pair of high-scoring contests.

The Vikings hit five home runs on the day and rallied back from early deficits in both games to win 12-9 in the opener and 10-8 in game two.

Valley City State improves to 15-15 overall and is now 4-2 in conference play.

VCSU 12, Presentation College 9
The Vikings hit two clutch home runs and scored five runs in top of the seventh to rally all the way back from an early 6-1 deficit in the opening game.

Trailing 9-7 entering the final inning, Brittany Lehner's solo home run pulled the Vikings to within 9-8. Adrianna Boychuk then scored on Taylor Schroeder's two-out double to tie the game at 9-9. Katie Cameron followed with the go-ahead hit, scoring Schroeder on a single to center. Savannah McMillin added a pair of insurance runs with a two-run home run to left field, capping off the five-run rally.

Six different Vikings had at least two hits in the game, led by McMillin's 3-for-4 day. McMillin and Cejay Hilhorst both drove in three runs, and Olivia Damge added two RBIs. McMillin, Lehner and Hilhorst all homered.

Morgan Nalley started on the mound for the Vikings, but allowed four runs in the first inning. Samantha Nalley came on in relief and pitched 6 2/3 innings for the win, allowing six hits and five runs.

VCSU 10, Presentation College 8
Brittany Lehner's 3-run home run in the top of the sixth inning proved to be the game-winner, giving the Vikings a 9-8 lead after they trailed 8-1 early in the game.

Presentation College's bats were hot early on, plating four runs in both the first and second innings for an 8-1 lead. The Vikings chipped away with three runs in the fourth and two runs in the fifth before Lehner's go-ahead blast.

Lehner finished the day 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Katarina Boychuk also went 3-for-4 and scored two runs. Shayna Taffinder and Katie Cameron each had two hits, and Liz Hall-Sewell added a solo home run.

Lindsey White started the game at pitcher and worked one inning, allowing four hits and four runs. Ashley Metcalf earned the win, pitching six innings and allowing five hits and four runs. She pitched five scoreless innings to end the game.