Valdosta Daily Times

Blazers Blog

February 9, 2014

Blazer baseball stays perfect, gets win over Paine

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as the Blazers defeated Paine 8-1 in non-conference baseball action at Billy Grant Field Sunday afternoon.

Paine (1-7) threatened in the top of the first inning as it got three walks and had a runner reach via a wild pitch on a strike out, but failed to score. Meanwhile, Valdosta State (5-0) struck for three runs in the bottom of the frame.

Matthew Fears drew a walk to open the Blazer half of the first scored as Mike Reed followed with a double to left. Bryant Hayman also drew a walk before Jimmy Dowdell singled to score Reed. Hayman moved to third on the Dowdell base hit and scored as Kevin Cruz grounded out to give VSU a 3-0 lead.

Michael Gouge singled to open the fourth and eventually came around to score on Hunter Thompson fielder's choice before the Lions cut the Blazer lead to 4-1 in the top of the fifth. Darian Alston walked to open the fifth and stole second before eventually scoring on a wild pitch.

Valdosta State responded with a run in the sixth inning when a Reed sacrifice fly plated Thompson, who singled to open the inning, while Matt Fitzsimmons singled home Cruz in the seventh to push the Blazer advantage to 6-1.

VSU added its final two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning as Thompson scored on a passed ball affter drawing a walk and moving to third on a failed pickoff attempt. Fears followed with a single and stole second before moving to third on a wild pitch. Reed's second sacrifice fly of the day brought him home for the game's final run.

Dowdell was 3-of-4 to lead VSU offensively on the day while Reed finished the day 1-for-2 with three runs driven in and one scored. Carr tallied two hits in four at-bats as Valdosta State tallied 11 hits on the day.

Ethan Bornstein pitched 3.1 innings in relief and allowed just one hit while striking out five to improve to 1-0 on the season.

Joseph Graves had three of Paines five hits while Dalton Self surrendered 10 hits and six runs, five earned, in 7.0 innings to fall to 0-2.

Valdosta State continues it season Wednesday, February 12 when it hosts Albany State at Billy Grant Field.

Text Only
Blazers Blog
  • Grable signs with Tampa Bay

    Another former Valdosta State football player joined the ranks of the National Football League when linebacker Jeremy Grable signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday morning.

    July 23, 2014

  • Bubba Walker promoted to defensive coordinator

    Valdosta State Linebacker Coach Bubba Walker has been promoted to fill the open posiiton of defensive coordinator for the Blazer football team according to an announcement made by VSU Head Coach David Dean Thursday.

    July 18, 2014

  • Albritton wins NCAA Elite 89

    Courtney Albritton's tremendous 2013-2014 season earned her one more award Thursday night when the Valdosta State softball star won the NCAA's Favorite Elite 89 Winner contest by securing the more votes than any other student-athlete.

    July 17, 2014

  • Justin Roper named Valdosta State quarterbacks coach

    Valdosta State’s hirin of Justin Roper as quarterbacks coach, previously reported by The Times, was officially announced by the school and Blazer head football coach David Dean on Wednesday.

    July 17, 2014

  • Albritton.JPG VSU’s Albritton advances to finals of Elite 89 contest

    Another round, another first-place finish for Valdosta State’s Courtney Albritton.
    Albritton, the Blazers’ junior softball standout, was the leading vote-getter in the semifinal round of the NCAA’s Favorite Elite 89 winner contest with 1,483 votes in the two-day semifinal round that included 30 athletes. In the week-long first round, Albritton racked up 1,971 votes to lead the 89-person field.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Albritton in first place after opening round of Elite 89 voting

    July 14, 2014

  • Justin_Roper.JPG Roper to coach Blazers’ QBs

    Valdosta State has added an assistant coach to its staff, but it isn’t to fill Seth Wallace’s role.
    Former Oregon quarterback and University of Findlay running backs coach Justin Roper has been hired as the Blazers’ quarterbacks coach.

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Div II Championship F_Rodg(11).jpg Beyond Sports Network releases 2014 preseason All-GSC football team

    Football season is right around the corner; exactly 57 days from now Valdosta State set to open its season at home against Albany State, but fans were able to satisfy his or her football withdraws on Tuesday when Beyond Sports Network released its Gulf South Conference preseason All-Conference team.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • 1966690_10201768896480524_387489323_n.jpg Dominique Wheeler showing confidence as NFL rookie

    Dominique Wheeler slowly made a name for himself during his four-year career as a Valdosta State Blazer. Playing at the cornerback position, Wheeler had to wait his turn to start at the position. However by the time he ended his senior year, he had played in 45 games, including nine starts his senior season.

    July 7, 2014 2 Photos

  • Lawrence Virgil pic Lawrence Virgil working to make the Saints final roster

    With college and the Valdosta State football team behind him, Brooks County’s own Lawrence Virgil is working hard to make a name for himself in the National Football League.

    July 6, 2014 2 Photos

Local Sports
Choose your subscription: