Abramson’s Six RBI’s Lift Baseball to 12-11 Win Over GSW

| March 30, 2017

VALDOSTA – The Valdosta State baseball team picked up a nail-biting non-conference victory over Georgia Southwestern after outlasting the Hurricanes 12-11 in Valdosta, Ga. at Billy Grant Field at Tommy Thomas Park on Wednesday.

With the win, the Blazers improved to 21-10 on the season, while the Hurricanes dropped to 12-18 overall. The victory marked Valdosta State’s second straight and helped VSU gain momentum heading back into conference play this upcoming weekend in Valdosta.

Both the Hurricanes and the Blazers scored early and often, with runs crossing for each team in both the first and the third innings. In the first, the Hurricanes took an early 2-0 lead in the top half of the inning, but a pair of RBI singles by Dalton Murray and Luke Suchon in the bottom half brought the score back to even at 2-2.

Two innings later, GSW first baseman Jared Jones put the game back in the Hurricanes’ favor with a sacrifice fly to center field, before Max Abramson ripped a clutch, two-out, two-run single to right center field one half inning later to put VSU back in front, 4-3.

After Chipper Andzel reached on an error to start the bottom half of the fourth, Georgia Southwestern’s starting pitcher Jarrod Crum ran into trouble and allowed a follow up single to Kendall Herron before walking Tyler Homer to load the bases. The Hurricanes went to the bullpen and called on Drew Powers, who issued back-to-back walks and allowed Abramson to pick up his third RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly to center field.

Facing a 7-3 deficit, GSW returned fire in the top half of the fifth inning and forced Valdosta State to make three pitching changes as the Hurricanes took a 10-7 lead with seven runs on eight hits. Reliever Quinton Forrester closed out the inning for the Blazers and blanked Georgia Southwestern one inning later to give Abramson a chance to strike again with a game-tying three run shot in the bottom of the sixth.

Georgia Southwestern added another run in the top of the seventh, but the Blazers negated the Hurricanes’ lead with a two-run rally in the bottom of the eighth, which included an RBI groundout by Clint Carr, followed by the go-ahead run scored by pinch runner Mason Miller on a wild pitch.

Beau Blair, who came on in relief for the Blazers in the seventh, issued a leadoff walk in the top of the ninth to place the potential tying run on first. A hit-and-run by GSW on the ensuing at-bat resulted in a single for Evan Alderman and placed runners at the corners with nobody out. Blair flipped a switch, however, and induced a popup to third before striking out the final two batters to pick up the win and improve to 4-1 on the year.

Four different Blazers recorded multiple hits in the game, and Abramson led the charge with a 2-for-3 effort that included six RBI’s all-total.

“I felt pretty good today,” said Abramson. “The guys in front of me did their job, and that really helped put me in the right spot at the right time. I just went up there and tried to have confidence and execute the things we’ve been working on in practice.”

The Blazers return to action this weekend at home for a three-game set against the visiting Choctaws of Mississippi College. The big Gulf South Conference series will kick off with a Saturday doubleheader, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

“These mid-week wins are important for us because they give us confidence moving forward,” added Abramson, as he looked ahead toward the upcoming series after Tuesday’s win. “Having a good day at the plate with 13 hits really helps out our confidence level on offense.”

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