Historic 14-Run Inning Lifts VSU Over UAH, 25-11

| April 10, 2017

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – On the heels of one of their most disappointing offensive outings of the season, a resilient Valdosta State baseball team promptly turned the page to a new day and made a statement with a historic 25-11 victory over the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers on Sunday afternoon in Huntsville, Ala.

Facing an 11-5 deficit in the sixth inning, the Blazers posted an impressive six-run inning that included four walks and three hits to tie the contest up at 11-11. The following inning was the highlight of the weekend, however, as VSU used 11 seventh-inning hits to score a school-record 14 runs. The surge eclipsed a previous mark of 13 runs in one inning, achieved twice before by the program.

The 25 total runs gave the Blazers a 14-run advantage, which ended the game at the conclusion of the seventh inning by way of the mercy rule. The run total also marked the most runs scored by Valdosta State since February 8th, 2015, when the red and black plated 25 against Paine, and the contest also represented the first time since a 20-5 win over West Alabama in 2012 that the Blazers scored 20 or more runs against a GSC opponent.

“It was really the sixth inning, when we scored six, that you could really feel that something was starting to happen,” said Head Coach Greg Guilliams after the win. “When you’re down six runs and you score six to tie it up, you can feel that momentum starting to build. Dustin Hersey and Roman Donofro started to slow their offense for us and shift momentum, and then it just got to the point on offense where it seemed like we just weren’t going to make an out.”

Dalton Murray, Elias Macias, BJ White, and Luke Suchon all recorded two hits in the historic half-inning, and Macias drove in four of the 14 runs with two RBI’s in each at bat. White capped off the frame with a 2-run homer to center field, which marked his second homer of the week and boosted his RBI total to four in the game.

Eight different batters recorded multiple base hits in the 24-hit affair, and five different players hit safely three or more times. Macias notched four hits for six RBI’s in the game for career highs in each column, while Murray went 4-for-5 with two homers and five RBI’s. Both Macias and Tyler Homer notched two doubles each in the game, while Murray, Macias, and White each recorded one stolen base.

The Blazers forced seven different UAH pitchers to take the hill, and four of those pitched during the decisive seventh inning. Donofro benefited from the rally and netted his second win of the year after 2.1 innings of scoreless work. Meanwhile, UAH’s Ethan Thomas suffered the loss to fall to 0-1 on the season.

“When you are down as many runs as we were down, it’s hard not to think about what happened in game two yesterday and think about trying not to get 10-run ruled, added Guilliams. “The next thing you know, our guys have tied the ball game, and then we jump out to a 19-11 lead, and I start thinking we might 10-run rule them. It was an odd game, but momentum was definitely a key factor.”

On the heels of the Saturday split, the win helped Valdosta State take the road series, 2-1, over the Chargers and lifted VSU to 24-14 overall, 13-11 against conference opponents. The Chargers fell to 16-20 after the loss and dropped to 11-13 in league play.

Next up for the Blazers, it’s a mid-week South Region matchup, as VSU welcomes Saint Leo to town for a 5:00 p.m. Wednesday showdown. Live coverage of the event will be available right here at www.vstateblazers.com.

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