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Blue Hawks split with Vikings

VALLEY CITY -- Dickinson State rallied to win its first game against Valley City State on Sunday and struggled against solid pitching to drop the second game of the Dakota Athletic Conference doubleheader.

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VALLEY CITY -- Dickinson State rallied to win its first game against Valley City State on Sunday and struggled against solid pitching to drop the second game of the Dakota Athletic Conference doubleheader.

In the ninth inning of Game 1, Nolan Bracken drove in the game-tying run and Kevin Park doubled in Bracken for the go-ahead run on the next at-bat as DSU toppled the Vikings 9-8.

Park and Bracken combined to go 7-for-12 and drove in eight runs.

Park had a double in the first inning that scored two runs and had a two-run homer in the eighth inning that also scored Bracken.

Bracken singled in a run in the fourth and had a two-run double in the eighth inning.

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Tucker Slagle got the win after relieving starter Roberto Gonzalez in the 5th inning. Slagle struck out three and allowed two hits in 5Xc innings.

"I was happy that we battled that first game," DSU head coach Duane Monlux said.

Valley City State pitcher Roberto Rodriguez dominated the Blue Hawks en route to a 3-0 shutout in Game 2, the Vikings' first DAC win of the season.

Rodriguez struck out five, allowed four hits and stranded seven DSU base runners while his offense provided enough of a punch to get the win.

Josh Evans had a two-run double in the third inning and scored VCSU's (5-28, 1-11 DAC) final run on a sacrifice fly by Matt Borgford in the sixth.

"They had our number. We had some at-bats that weren't very good and give our guy credit, he threw a good game," Monlux said. "I wasn't real impressed with our approach at the plate. I thought we were on cruise control for parts of the game and all of a sudden realized we've got one hit after five innings.

"Our demeanor wasn't great that second game and their guy deserves a lot of credit because he pitched well."

DSU (22-12, 9-3 DAC) hosts Minot State at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Southside Municipal Ballpark in nonconference doubleheader. The teams had a doubleheader rained out last Wednesday after less than 3 innings.

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DSU 210 010 032 -- 9 16 3

VCSU 331 010 000 -- 8 11 2

Roberto Gonzalez, Tucker Slagle (5) and Chris Young. Taylor Nelson, Logan Midthun (6), Zach Noriega (7) and Dylan Carlson. W-Slagle (1-1). L-Noriega. HR-DSU, Kevin Park.

Highlights: DSU, Kade Larson 1-for-4, 2 runs; Liam Foran 2-for-5, 2B, 2 runs; Nolan Bracken 3-for-6, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 runs; Kevin Park 4-for-6, HR, 2 2B, 5 RBI; Willie Sandez 2-for-4; Chris Young 2-for-4, 2B, RBI; Derrick gunderson 1-for-4, 2B, run. VCSU, Cliff Vazquez 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, 2 runs; Tanner Bombenger 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, run; Josh Evans 1-for-4, 2 runs; Michael Danielson 3-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI; run; Preston Jensen 2-for-5, RBI.

DSU 000 000 0 -- 0 4 2

VCSU 002 001 0 -- 3 8 0

Chase Doremus and Chris Young. Roberto Rodriguez and Dylan Carlson. W-Rodriguez. L-Doremus (4-1).

Highlights: DSU, Kade Larson 1-for-4; Liam Foran 1-for-3; Nolan Bracken 1-for-1; Tury Escobedo 1-for-1; Doremus CG, 5 K, 0 BB, 3 ER, 8 H. VCSU, Rodriguez CG, 5 K, 3 BB, 4 H, 0 ER; Tanner Bombenger 2-for-3, run; Josh Evans 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, run; Michael Danielson 2-for-3, 2B.

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Records: DSU 22-12, 9-3 DAC; VCSU 5-28, 1-11 DAC.

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