Offense Powers VSU Baseball to 20-5 Win Over GSW

| March 31, 2016


AMERICUS – The Valdosta State Blazer baseball team put together 21 hits on Wednesday, resulting in a season-high 20 runs scored and a lopsided 20-5 win over the Hurricanes of Georgia Southwestern in non-conference action at Hurricane Field in Americus, Ga.

The Blazers (19-11) plated one run or more in every inning but the fourth, and scored multiple runs in five of the nine innings played in the contest. Throughout the game, five different players swung for two hits or more, and both Clint Carr and Tyler York set the tone with four hits each.

After taking a one-run lead in the first, Valdosta State opened the game up in the second with five runs on seven hits. Marcus Sigmon led off the frame with a double, before Ryan Smith, Scott Mathews, and Ryan Slaughter delivered three consecutive perfectly-placed bunt singles down the third base line. The string of singles loaded the bases for Carr, who cleared the bases with a triple for three of his five RBI’s in the contest. The triple marked the first of four consecutive base hits for Carr in the game before he reached for the fifth time in the game after a fielding error by GSW second baseman Will Redding to lead off the eighth inning.

Although Troy Massaro started the contest, Beau Blair came on in relief in the second inning and pitched two complete frames, therefore acquiring his second win of the year to improve to 2-1. During Blair’s two innings of work, he struck out one, allowed two hits, and stranded a runner before Roman Donofro relieved him in the fourth. The Blazers sent eight pitchers to the hill in the game to limit GSW to five runs on ten hits.

VSU struck for another huge inning in the sixth and combined three hits with two Hurricane miscues for another five run inning. Dalton Duty reached on a fielding error to start off the frame, before York singled to center, and Cliff Bryant dropped down a sacrifice bunt with two strikes to place both runners in scoring positions. Sigmon walked to load the bases, and a wild pitch allowed Duty to score from third to put VSU on top 9-0.

Two batters later, Mathews, who extended his hitting streak to nine games with a 2-for-5 effort at the plate, reached on another GSW error. Slaughter followed with another hit to drive in two more runs, and Carr put the Blazers up 13-0 with another RBI single.

Georgia Southwestern (17-16) brought home all of their runs in a five-run seventh that came on four hits and the help of two costly errors committed by the red and black.

Remaining offensive highlights for the Blazers included Smith’s three-hit day that left him a double shy of the cycle. In addition, Matt Saliba and pinch hitter Vann Pitts swung for their first hits of the season on back-to-back base hits in the ninth inning.

The Blazers return to conference play this weekend in Clinton, Miss. against the Mississippi College Choctaws. The first two games are slated for Saturday at 1:00 p.m. EST, while the series is set to conclude on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST with a single game finale.

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