Delta State Outlasts Softball for Doubleheader Sweep

| April 24, 2017

CLEVELAND, Miss. – The Valdosta State softball team fell to Delta State for the first time since 2014 in a pair of Gulf South Conference losses (7-3, 4-2) on Sunday afternoon in Cleveland, Miss.

The losses dropped Valdosta State to 33-14 overall and 18-10 in conference play, while the Lady Statesmen improved to 20-22 overall and 12-16 in GSC play.

A rocky third inning for Kathryn Carter made the difference in the first game, as the Lady Statesmen used a hit batsman and five ensuing hits, all singles, to score four runs in the frame.

The Lady Blazers preceded DSU’s third inning surge with two runs of their own in the top half of the same frame after three consecutive doubles by Chelsea Canara, Hayley Cruthers, and Taylor Hartenbach. Only one other run came VSU’s way, however, which allowed DSU’s Mari Alex Sandridge to pick up the victory and improve to 5-7 on the season.

Carter went the distance in the game but took the loss in the circle for Valdosta State to fall to 15-3 on the year. The freshman allowed 11 hits and seven runs in the game, six of which were earned.

In game two, the Blazers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after Brandy Morgan singled in a run in the first inning and Canara belted her 11th home run of the season. The Lady Statesmen negated the lead in the bottom of the fourth, however, scoring two runs on four hits against Blazer starter Avery Lamb (13-5) to tie the contest up at 2-2.

Delta State’s final blow came in the bottom of the sixth, when Madison Zoeller led off the inning with a double before advancing to third on a single by Carlie Vice. Zoeller scored the go-ahead run on a follow-up ground ball on the infield, and Vice scored DSU’s final run later in the inning on a Kory Watterson sacrifice fly to center field.

Valdosta State will look to salvage the series in an early series finale on Monday morning at 11:30 a.m.

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