VSU Baseball Toppled by Georgia Southwestern, 9-6

| March 3, 2016

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VALDOSTA, Ga. – The Valdosta State Blazers made things interesting late, but costly miscues proved to be the difference, as the Blazers dropped a non-conference matchup 9-6 to the Georgia Southwestern Bobcats on Wednesday evening at Billy Grant Field.

In the third and fourth innings, the Bobcats racked up six runs on five hits and two errors. Two of the four runs scored on bases loaded walks, and the run total in the two innings negated Valdosta State’s big third inning, in which the Blazers tallied three runs on a leadoff walk by leadoff hitter Scott Mathews, followed by singles by Dalton Duty, Tyler York, Marcus Sigmon, and Jaykob Graham.

GSW added on in the sixth with an additional run to improve their lead to 7-3, as Evan Alderma scored on a fielding error after a two-out double in the previous at bat.

One frame later, Zach Barron delivered the Bobcat’s final blow with a two-out, two-RBI double into the left center field gap to put GSW on top 9-3. The two-bagger plated Davey King, who reached earlier in the inning after a throwing error, and Josh Logan, who singled and moved into scoring position just before the double after Brandon Weav was hit by a pitch.

The Blazers push for a comeback included three runs scored in the bottom half of the eighth inning, all of which crossed after a bases-loaded double by Ryan Smith down the right field line. The effort came up short, however, resulting in the three-run deficit upon the game’s conclusion.

Valdosta State fell to 11-6 overall on the season with the loss, while GSW pitcher Dylan Brown picked up his first win of the season to improve the Bobcats to 10-6.

The Blazers return to Gulf South Conference action this weekend for a three game series in Livingston, Ala. against the Tigers of West Alabama. The weekend stint kicks off on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. EST, with live coverage available online at www.vstateblazers.com.

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