Blazer Softball Takes Series vs. UWG With Extra Inning Win

| April 18, 2016
Brandy Morgan scored the decisive run in the top of the 10th inning to help VSU take down UWG. (VStateBlzaers.com)

Brandy Morgan scored the decisive run in the top of the 10th inning to help VSU take down UWG. (VStateBlzaers.com)

CARROLLTON, Ga. – The Valdosta State softball team left 11 runners stranded in Sunday’s series finale against West Georgia, but another tremendous pitching performance by Caitlyn Calhoun allowed the Blazers to walk away with a ten-inning 2-1 Gulf South Conference victory and a series win against the Wolves at University Field in Carrollton, Ga.

Calhoun (24-4), who made two appearances on the weekend and pitched 19 total innings in VSU’s two extra-inning wins, allowed just three hits on Sunday and struck out seven to hold the Wolves at bay long enough for the Blazers to pick up the deciding run in the top of the 10th inning.

The international tiebreaker rule came into play in the top of the tenth inning, which places the final player to record an out at second base to begin the offensive half of each team’s inning. As a result, Brandy Morgan started the top half of the frame on second base, and moved up to third on a passed ball after relief pitcher Kathryn Woody recorded a strikeout for the first out of the inning. Heather Robinson drew a walk in the ensuing at bat and gave way to pinch runner Tara McIntyre, which placed runners at the corners. During the next at bat, McIntyre drew a throw to second base and got caught in a rundown, which allowed Morgan to break for the plate and slide in just ahead of a tag attempt by catcher Kilandra Dollar.

Morgan’s run pushed VSU ahead 2-1, and represented the only help that Calhoun would need, as the senior surrounded three quick outs around a walk to Summer Wallace to strand Jordan Corbin, who started the bottom of the 10th at second base as a result of the tiebreaker rule.

Valdosta State’s only other run came in the third inning on a Kiley Rusen homer, a solo shot for her 18th long ball of the 2016 season.

Morgan also added a huge contribution on the defensive side of the ball when she robbed Katie Spinks of a leadoff extra base hit with a sparkling diving grab in left field. The out marked the first of three straight for the Blazer defense in the 9th and set the stage for VSU’s 10th inning triumph.

The win boosted the Blazers to 35-10-2 on the year and 21-9-1 in league action, while West Georgia’s hopes of a postseason appearance dwindled after falling to 31-22 on the year and 14-16 in GSC play.

Next up for the Blazers, it’s the final regular season series of the year, as VSU travels to Cleveland, Miss. for a three game series against the Lady Statesmen. The series is scheduled to begin on Saturday, with a doubleheader starting at 3:00 p.m. EST.

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