Valdosta Daily Times

April 8, 2013

News and notes on Valdosta State sports

Ed Hooper
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — It is Monday, and the activity for Valdosta State sports teams is rather light this week. For now, here are some tidbits about the Blazer athletic teams and a look at the upcoming week:


— The Blazer baseball team won its fourth straight series this past weekend, sweeping Christian Brothers in Memphis, Tenn. The Blazers have now won 9 of their last 11 games and 8 of 10 in Gulf South Conference play.

The recent winning streak hasn’t helped wash away a rough 0-6 start to conference play, as the Blazers are currently in sixth place in the GSC standings with an 8-7 record. The Blazers have yet to play top-ranked Delta State (27-4-1, 12-2-1) or North Alabama (20-16, 10-8) this season.

The Blazers and Lions will meet this weekend and will decide the No. 5 spot (for now) in the GSC standings.

— Up next: The Blazers visit Albany State Wednesday at 5 p.m. and then North Alabama this weekend. The Blazers and Lions will play a doubleheader Saturday (3 p.m., 6 p.m.) and a single game Sunday at 2 p.m.

— VSU is at home again April 16 against Thomas University.


— The Blazers are ranked fourth in the country, sitting with a 28-8 overall record.

— After being held without a home run this past weekend, sophomore Courtney Albritton still has 15 home runs, 11 shy of the school and conference record.

— The Blazers host two pivotal GSC series this weekend. First against West Alabama Saturday at 2 p.m. and then against Alabama-Huntsville Sunday at 1 p.m.


— The Blazer football team has launched a new Twitter page. Since the page launched last week, it has gained over 100 likes. The handle is @valdostaStFB.

The Twitter page tweets information about the team’s offseason workouts, players and motivational quotes/pictures.

— It is also become aware that the Blazers have added a new offseason workout: Yoga.

That’s right. The Blazers are doing yoga to go along with their other offseason drills.

— The Gulf South Conference has yet to release its 2013 master schedule, which will include Thursday night GSC-TV games. Expect the Blazers to be moved to a Thursday night or two. I, along with a lot of people associated with VSU football, expect the game Oct. 5 against Florida Tech in Valdosta to be moved to Thursday night.

The game will be the first-ever GSC game for Florida Tech.


— I saw head coach Mike Helfer the other day. He told me he was pleased with the offseason so far, and that the team had landed a few new commitments.

— Follow me on Twitter at @Ed_Hooper.