VALLEY CITY, N.D. -- Behind 33 runs of offense the (RV) Bellevue University baseball team picked up a pair of victories over Valley City State University on Sunday afternoon in a North Star Athletic Association double-header at Charlie Brown Memorial Baseball Field.
The Bruins downed the Vikings 22-3 in a rule-rule shortened opener before going on to an 11-8 triumph in game two to secure the 3-1 series victory.
(RV) Bellevue: 22-14 (11-1 NSAA)
Valley City State: 9-14 (4-4 NSAA)
Game One: BU 22, VCSU 3 (7-Innings)
Five different Bruins went deep as Bellevue raced out to a 16-0 lead by the end of the second inning.
The Bruins scored four runs in the top of the first in their quick start.
Longaker finished with a four-hit, five-RBI game to lead the Bruins in both categories. Baasch and Kazama each drove in four runs while Baasch, Tanaka, and Banks each had three-hit efforts in the victory.
Mitch Savine (3-3) earned the win with 5.0 innings of solid relief work. He limited VCSU to three runs – two earned – on five hits and struck out three.
Shaun Kourajian (1-3) was hit with the loss after being tagged for 13 runs in just 1.1 innings of work.
Game Two: BU 11, VCSU 8
JT Patterson drove in eight runs with the Bruins' first three-home run game since Stuart Eurich accomplished the feat last year in a 29-2 win over Waldorf (Apr. 29). The eight RBI recorded by Patterson are the most since former Bruin Jake Browne drove in 10 in a 23-0 win over St. Ambrose on Mar. 11, 2016.
In addition to Patterson's performance, Kory Longaker had another terrific going 5-for-5 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and three runs scored.
The teams traded three-run first innings as the offenses dominated in the early going. BU got theirs on a three-run homer off the bat of Patterson and Valley City answered with doubles from Sal Avila and Aiden Brook.
Bellevue went ahead with a pair of runs in the second courtesy of RBI-singles from Travis Tanaka and Longaker.
Brady Smith singled in a run for VCSU in the third to cut the Bruin lead to 5-4.
Patterson's second long ball of the game, another three-run shot, put Bellevue up 8-4 in the fourth but the Vikings scored twice in the home half.
After Hunter Jury made it 9-6 with an RBI-single in the fifth, Patterson capped his three-jack game with a two-run bomb in the sixth for an 11-6 Bruin advantage and Bellevue held on from there to secure the win.
Derek Browne (5-1) came on in relief to fire four effective innings and earn the win.
Marcus Niemann (0-1) allowed five runs in three innings as he took the loss for the Vikings.
Bellevue hosts Dakota State on Tuesday, Apr. 9 for a pair of NSAA games. Game times and a venue are still to be determined.