Blazer Baseball Surfaces in NCBWA National Poll

| February 25, 2016
source: VStateBlazers.com

source: VStateBlazers.com

VALDOSTA, Ga. – After a 10-3 start overall and a perfect 3-0 start in Gulf South Conference play, the Valdosta State Blazer baseball team has surfaced as the No. 18 ranked team in the nation, according to Wednesday’s release of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association weekly poll.

With last weekend’s three-game sweep of the Christian Brothers Bucs, in which the Blazers outscored CBU 39-12, Head Coach Greg Guilliams‘ squad became the first team in the Gulf South Conference to reach double digit wins on the young season. VSU’s offensive onslaught against the Bucs was highlighted by a 12-run surge in the seventh inning of Saturday’s doubleheader that helped the Blazers overcome a 6-4 deficit and end the game by way of the mercy rule, all within the same inning.

The Blazer offense, which has helped VSU outscore their opponents 101-61 thus far, currently leads the GSC in total bases (208), total hits (131), runs (101), RBI’s (92), walks (61), and home runs (14). Individual leaders for the red and black includeMarcus Sigmon, who leads the conference in RBI’s (24) and is tied for the lead in runs scored (15). Additionally, Dalton Dutytops the league in hits (21), walks (15), and stolen bases (9).

The appearance in the NCBWA Top 25 poll marks the Blazers’ first since March of 2014. Valdosta State represented the only GSC school to make the national rankings, although West Georgia (8-2) did receive votes. Schools among the South Region to make the cut include No. 1 ranked Tampa, No. 12 ranked Florida Southern, and the No. 24 ranked Barry Buccaneers.

Valdosta State continues conference play this weekend in Pensacola, Fla. against the West Florida Argonauts (5-5, 2-1 GSC). The three-game tilt is scheduled to kick off with a Saturday doubleheader at 2:00 p.m. For coverage of the weekend action, look for live links available right here at www.vstateblazers.com.

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