Valdosta Daily Times

Blazers Blog

March 10, 2013

VSU baseball team swept by No. 8 West Florida

PENSACOLA, Fla. — No. 8 West Florida got a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the 10th inning to win game 1, 8-7, and added another unearned run in a 3-1 game 2 victory to sweep Valdosta State in Gulf South Conference baseball action at Jim Spooner Field Saturday afternoon.

West Florida (14-3, 3-2) raced out to an early lead in the first game, as it scored five runs in the first two innings. The Argonauts got two runs in the first when Michael Tomlinson followed with a base hit.

After Bryant Hayman led off the second inning with his second home run of the year for VSU, UWF added three more runs in the bottom of the frame, as it took advantage of two walks and an error.

The scored remained 5-1 West Florida until the top of the eighth inning, when Valdosta State struck for four runs. With one out, Cooper Lemonds, Ryan McClellan and Jake Fields singled to load the bases. Hayman drove home Lemonds with a base hit, then Nick Rodda singled to score McClellan and Fields. Matthew Fears followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Hayman to even the game at 5-5.

VSU grabbed its first lead in the top of the ninth. Lemonds reached on a wild pitch on a strike three and was lifted for pinch runner Will Wilson. Wilson stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error, before scoring on a wild pitch to give VSU a 6-5 lead.

A wild pitch with the bases loaded allowed UWF to even the game in the bottom of the frame, while VSU got a Michael Gouge single that scored Hayman in the 10th to retake the lead. However, West Florida got two of its first three batters of the bottom of the 10th on via hits before a walk loaded the bases. VSU got a ground ball from the next batter, but the throw home was wild to allow the tying run to score. An infield single by Alex Greene with two outs scored the game’s final run.

Valdosta State pitcher Josh Mann fell to 0-2, as he allowed four hits and two unearned runs in 1.2 innings of relief. VSU starter Pete Whittingslow pitched eight innings and allowed six runs, only three earned, on seven hits, while striking out eight.

West Florida jumped out to a lead again in the second game, as it scored one run in the first inning, when Saulmon doubled and scored on a fielder’s choice.

Valdosta State evened the game in the top of the fifth inning. Matthew Fears singled to open the inning and eventually scored on a suicide squeeze by Jamie McMillan. However, Saulmon reached on an error in the bottom of the frame and scored when Drew Prichard followed with a home run to close out the scoring.

VSU’s Nick Fogarty fell to 2-1. He gave up six hits and three runs, two earned, in a complete game.

Hayman led Valdosta State with four hits and three runs scored in six at-bats on the day. Meanwhile, Gouge added three hits in the two games.

The two teams conclude their three-game series with a single game today, beginning at 2 p.m.

1
Text Only
Blazers Blog
  • Nolin settling in as new VSU soccer coach

    Meet Rebecca Nolin, VSU's new soccer coach.

    July 28, 2014

  • 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

Local Sports
Choose your subscription: