The Valdosta Daily Times
Valdosta State took advantage of six Albany State errors and 11 walks by the Golden Ram pitching staff to defeat ASU 25-8 at the ASU Baseball Field Wednesday evening.
Valdosta State opened the scoring with two runs in the second inning, as Cooper Lemonds drove home Jake Fields and Michael Gouge scored on a Jamie McMillan sacrifice fly, before ASU got a run in the bottom of the frame. The Blazers added three more runs in the third inning and, after the Golden Rams got two in the fourth, busted the game open with five runs in the fifth inning.
VSU pushed its advantage to 13-3 in the top of the sixth as it scored three more runs, including two on Lemonds' first career home run, and added seven more runs in the seventh inning, during which Bryant Hayman blasted a three-run home run.
Albany State struck for five runs in the bottom of the seventh to close to within 20-8, only to have Valdosta State score the game's final five runs in the top of the eighth inning.
VSU finished the game with 18 hits, including four from Fields, who scored five times and drove in two runs. Gouge had a hit in his only official at-bat, but scored four times as he was hit by a pitch and drew two walks, and Nick Rodda was 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Daniel Hoover, Lemonds and Ryan McClellan all had two hits each.
Jarod Carlton earned the victory for the Blazers and improved to 2-0 as he allowed just two hits and struck out two in 1.1 innings.
Valdosta State returns to action Saturday, April 13 when it travels to Florence, Ala. for a Gulf South Conference series against North Alabama. The series begins with a doubleheader at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday followed by a single game at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.