Calhoun Deals Sixth Career No-Hitter; VSU Softball Sweeps Mocs

| March 17, 2016

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VALDOSTA, Ga. – The Blazer bats returned to life on Tuesday, and Caitlyn Calhoun dealt her first no-hitter of the season, as Valdosta State outscored Florida Southern 14-1 over the course of a two-game sweep over Florida Southern in South Regional softball action in Lakeland, Fla.

Chelsea Canara made the biggest offensive splash of the day with a first-pitch grand slam in the fifth inning of game one. The four-run blast followed a Taylor Hartenbach RBI double, which came earlier in the inning. The five runs, combined with a two-run blast by Hayley Cruthers to center field and sacrifice fly by Brandy Morgan in the fourth inning, pushed Valdosta State out to an 8-0 lead after five innings and invoked the mercy role for an early victory.

Calhoun, now 13-4 on the year, scored the victory after holding the Mocs hitless over five innings of work. FSC’s only baserunner came in the top of the final inning, when Maggie Roberts was hit by a pitch. The no-hitter represented the sixth of Calhoun’s career and tied a Gulf South Conference record for career no-hitters. Only two other GSC pitchers have reached the mark in their careers, and the last player to accomplish the feat was Lindsey Kight of Arkansas-Monticello, who played from 2001-04.

Game two was more of the same, as Valdosta State took control early with a three-run first inning. Following a leadoff walk by Hartenbach and an RBI double by Rusen, Heather Robinson struck for a two-run double to center field. The two-bagger was the first of three straight in the inning, as both Cruthers and Canara followed with doubles of their own to give VSU 3-0 lead.

In the third inning, Canara was hit by a pitch to start the frame. Jaime Phillips followed with a single to place runners at the corners, and Morgan swung for an RBI single. Pinch hitter Kelly Gordon added a single to the inning, and Rusen put Valdosta State up 6-0 two batters later with a two-run single.

Huntyre Elling capitalized on the run support with a five-inning outing, in which she scattered three hits and allowed just one run during five innings of work to improve her season record to 6-4. Calhoun returned in the sixth, and despite allowing three hits to the Mocs, the senior held FSC scoreless and picked up her second save of the year.

With the win, VSU improved to 20-8-1 on the year, while the Mocs fell to 10-17-1 overall.

The Blazers return to Gulf South Conference action this weekend against the Union Bulldogs in Jackson, Tenn. for a three-game set on Saturday and Sunday. The series begins with a double-header on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Be sure to follow the Blazers on the road for the rest of the season with live audio webcasts available at www.vstateblazers.com.

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