VALDOSTA — The Valdosta State Lady Blazers closed out the regular season with a doubleheader sweep, defeating West Georgia 5-1 and 10-2 on Saturday at the VSU Softball Complex.
The Lady Blazers blasted four home runs and scored 15 runs in the doubleheader sweep.
“It’s good (to win). We need to win all the conference games we can,” Valdosta State head coach Thomas Macera said. “I think we played well today.
“(We) played solid defense, got solid pitching out of everybody and we hit the ball well. If you can do that consistently, you should win a bunch of ballgames.”
VSU’s seniors were honored before the game. It was the final home doubleheader for Valdosta State senior pitchers Holly Satterfield, Margaret Carter and Krystle Robinson and outfielder Melessa Jackson.
“They’ve all done well. Holly’s put up some great numbers, Margaret’s put up some good numbers, M.J.’s really contributed in the years that she’s been here and in the one semester that Krystle’s been here, she’s helped us,” Macera said. “I’m really happy with their performances ... I just hate to see them go, but it’s a good class of seniors.”
Game 1: Valdosta State 5, West Georgia 1
Satterfield (19-4) earned her 19th win of the season in Game 1, limiting West Georgia to five hits and one run in a 5-1 win. She struck out three and walked just one.
“I’m pretty happy with the way (our pitchers) pitched,” Macera said. “(West Georgia) hit one home run, but that was the only ball they hit hard.”
The Lady Blazers grabbed the lead with a two-run first inning. With one out, Natalia Morozova and Marti Littlefield singled, then Morozova scored on an error by West Georgia pitcher Antoinette Diaz. Two batters later, Jordan Martin lined a double to the fence in left center, scoring Littlefield and giving the Lady Blazers a 2-0 lead.
The score remained 2-0 until the bottom of the fifth, when one swing of Morozova’s bat put three more runs on the scoreboard. April Hutchens and Jackson started the inning with singles, and Samantha Posey bunted the runners over. Then Morozova crushed a Diaz pitch over the fence in left center for a three-run homer, giving the Lady Blazers a 5-0 lead.
West Georgia’s Nicole Yancey hit a solo home run off of the flag pole in center field in the top of the sixth for her team’s only run.
Morozova went 2 for 3 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored. Hutchens and Jackson were both 2 for 3 with a run.
Diaz (11-10) took the loss, allowing five runs, three earned, and nine hits in seven innings.