Valdosta Daily Times

Blazers Blog

February 13, 2013

Top-ranked Blazers sweep first home series


VALDOSTA — Valdosta State 12, Georgia Southwestern 6

Valdosta State broke a 3-3 tie with four runs in the fifth inning and five more in the sixth, and defeated Georgia Southwestern 12-6 in game 2.

The score was tied 3-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth when Albritton stepped up to the plate to start the inning. She saw a pitch she liked and hammered it into the Ashley Cinemas parking lot for her second home run of the day. Albritton’s homer put the Blazers ahead 4-3.

Morgan Johnson followed with a double just inside the left field line, and moved to third on Altman’s sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, King singled in front of a diving center fielder, and Johnson came home. Pitcher Ashley Cavender walked the next two batters to load the bases, then uncorked a wild pitch. King ran home to score, and when the catcher’s throw back to Cavender got away, Fran Johnson ran home as well, extending Valdosta State’s lead to 7-3.

Georgia Southwestern responded in the top of the sixth. Leading off the inning, Janna Anderson hit a line drive over the fence for a solo home run. Then after a pitching change, Nellie Moore crushed a pitch over the center field fence. Anderson and Moore’s back-to-back solo home runs cut the Blazers’ lead to 7-5.

Mason Moreland reached on an infield single and was bunted to second. Two batters later, Clifton hit what should have been an inning-ending ground ball to short, but Albritton booted it. Moreland never stopped running, and crossed home plate to make it 7-6.

But the Blazers put the game away with five runs in the bottom half of the sixth. A walk, an error and a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third with one out. Altman followed with a line drive single to right, scoring Strickland and Albritton. Then Kiley Rusen hit a line drive down the third base line to bring Altman home. King singled and O’Connor walked, loading the bases with two outs. Ashley Steinhilber followed with a single to right, scoring Britt (who was running for Rusen) and King and increasing the Blazers’ lead to 12-6.

VSU’s Kenzi Reed blanked the Hurricanes in the seventh to close out the win.

Georgia Southwestern got on the board first in game 2. Moreland reached on an error to start the game, and moved up on a wild pitch and a stolen base. Jordan Miller’s ground out scored Moreland and gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead.

Valdosta State answered with two runs in its half of the first. Albritton walked, stole second, was bunted to third and scored on Rusen’s two-out single to right. An error and a walk loaded the bases, then O’Connor drew a bases loaded walk, which brought home Rusen and gave VSU a 2-1 lead.

McElroy scored on an error in the top of the second. Then in the top of the fourth, Knight’s infield single scored Anderson and gave the Hurricanes a 3-2 lead.

Fran Johnson tied the score at 3-3 with a home run over the center field fence leading off the bottom of the fourth.

Rusen went 2 for 4 with a run and two RBIs in game 2. King was 2 for 4 with two runs and one RBI. Altman and Steinhilber drove in two runs apiece.

Freshman Hanna Lythberg (2-0) was the winning pitcher, allowing four runs and six hits in five innings and striking out six. Only two of those runs were earned. Calhoun and Reed pitched one inning apiece.

This weekend, the Blazers will travel to Decatur, Ala. to play in the Charger Chill Out. They will play Indianapolis at noon and Lander at 4 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, they will face Palm Beach Atlantic at noon and Wayne State at 2 p.m.

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: