Blazers’ Extra Inning Affair Ends in Favor of UWF, 3-2

| February 29, 2016


PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Valdosta State baseball team took West Florida into extra innings on Sunday afternoon before suffering a 3-2 loss to the Argonauts in Gulf South Conference baseball action at Jim Spooner Field in Pensacola, Fla.

After both teams were held scoreless through four innings, West Florida broke through in the bottom of the fifth inning when Kyle Hamner, Michael Savas, and Alex Greene teamed up for three consecutive singles. Hamner scored on Greene’s single through the middle to put UWF in front 1-0.

The Blazers retaliated in the next half inning with a run of their own, which came after a leadoff infield single by Dalton Duty. Marcus Sigmon followed with a base hit to left, and Duty came in to score from third on a wild pitch to tie the contest up at 1-1.

Sigmon tallied a double in the seventh to pick up an RBI and plate Scott Mathews, who led off the inning with a walk. But, with the Blazers up 2-1, West Florida promptly locked the contest back up at 2-2, thanks to a one out double by Justin Ambrosino and a follow-up Savas RBI single in the bottom half the inning.

Colby Wisdom came on to pitch for the Blazers after the tying run scored in the seventh, and he teamed up with Roman Donofro and Dustin Hersey to hold the Argos scoreless over the course of the next 3.1 innings.

West Florida’s Steven McClellan and Sean Kennedy performed equally as well on the hill, holding the Blazers at bay for four complete innings to set the stage for the deciding run in the bottom of the 11th. Facing Mitchell Cody, who made a relief appearance to start the 11th, Ladeavon Matthews slapped a single back through the box for his first and only hit of the day. A successful sacrifice bunt by Robert Lopez put Matthews in scoring position, and he scored two batters later on a Hamner single to close out the game.

The loss represented Cody’s first of the season and dropped the senior to 2-1, while the Blazers overall record fell to 11-5, 4-2 in GSC play. Meanwhile, Kennedy (1-1) earned the victory for the Argonauts for his first of the season, and UWF improved to 8-6 overall and 4-2 against league opponents.

The Blazers next contest will be another midweek showdown, as VSU returns to Valdosta on Wednesday, March 2nd to host Georgia Southwestern at 5:00 p.m.

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