Valdosta Daily Times

Local Sports

March 7, 2013

VSU falls to Georgia Southwestern

AMERICUS — Stephen Eldridge hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to propel Georgia Southwestern to an 8-6 victory over Valdosta State in non-conference baseball action at Hurricane Stadium on Wednesday evening.

John Duran led off the fifth inning with a double and, two batters later, moved to third when Michael Coffey singled. Eldridge proceeded to hit the ball over the wall in left field, the first home run allowed by Valdosta State (8-7) on the year, to give the Hurricanes (6-12) their two-run margin of victory.

GSW opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, when it plated three runs. With one out, Duran singled and moved to second on a Jarrod Taylor base hit. A walk loaded the bases before an Eldridge base hit drove home Duran and Taylor. Zach John relieved VSU starter Josh Mann and gave up a sacrifice fly that gave Georgia Southwestern a 3-0 advantage.

A Josh Sanders RBI double in the second inning gave GSW a 4-0 advantage.

VSU evened the game with four runs in the third. Dan Hoover and Will Wilson walked to open the inning, and an error on a Hunter Thompson ground ball loaded the bases. Ryan McClellan walked to force home Hoover and, two batters later, Bryant Hayman also walked to score Wilson. Jake Montgomery was hit by a pitch to plate McClellan for the third Valdosta State run of the inning. Jake Fields’ single plated McClellan to even the game at 4-4.

A Wilson error in center field briefly gave Georgia Southwestern the lead once again, but the Blazers scored two runs in the fourth inning to gain a one-run advantage. Cooper Lemonds pinch hit for Wilson to open the frame and singled, then was lifted for pinch runner Will Austin. Austin stole second and came around to score when a Hunter Thompson sacrifice bunt was thrown away, a play that allowed Thompson to move to second. After a ground out moved the base runner to third, Hayman singled to bring Thompson home for a 6-5 Valdosta State lead.

But then Eldridge put the Hurricanes on top for good with his three-run homer.

Fields had three hits and an RBI to lead Valdosta State, while Hayman drove in two on the game.

Ben Watson (0-1) took the loss. He allowed four runs, three earned, on four hits in 2 1/3 innings of relief work.

Valdosta State returns to action on Saturday at 3 p.m., when it travels to Pensacola, Fla. to take on No. 8 West Florida in Gulf South Conference action.

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • Nolin settling in as new VSU soccer coach

    Meet Rebecca Nolin, VSU's new soccer coach.

    July 28, 2014

  • Induction Crowd: Honorees were genuine, down to earth

    More than 48,000 people gathered under the scorching sun at The Clark Sports Center for the 75th National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Sunday, including one woman who carpooled to the event with more than 40 other people.

    July 28, 2014

  • Braves trio all business at inductions

    The Braves seemed almost businesslike in their approach -- something you might expect from a trio that won so consistently.
    Managers Joe Torre and Tony La Russa also remained calm and collected throughout their addresses.
    Frank Thomas took care of the emotional side, his voice breaking and his eyes moist during a heartfelt speech Sunday at the Clark Sports Center.
     

    July 28, 2014

  • Cooperstown Merchants: Weekend was a success

    Cooperstown merchants are elated about the exceptionally prosperous Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, several storekeepers said Sunday.

    During an afternoon lull in business, when the National Baseball Hall of Fame's induction ceremony was taking place, area shop and restaurant owners took a quick breath, reflected and expressed satisfaction with their sales for the weekend.
     

    July 28, 2014

  • Hall of Famers thank fathers for stepping up to the plate

    Great ballplayers thanking their dads at a Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is about as original as oil and vinegar are to an Italian restaurant.

    July 28, 2014

  • Hall_Maddux.jpg Hall of Braves

    The weird part was that Jeff Idelson didn't take a lot of time to answer.
    "Is there any word or description that unifies this class?" was the query posed to the National Baseball Hall of Fame's president.
    "The common thread among the six is profound humility," Idelson said of former managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa, and former players Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, all of whom will be inducted into the Hall today. "I don't think I realized that fully until I spent time with them in December. It was uncanny to me, for the cumulative star power in that group, the humility among them. I think that's felt really strongly with baseball fans."

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos 1 Story

  • Hall_Cox.jpg Cox’s willingness to defend players stands out to local coaches

    Bobby Cox will be able to add Hall of Famer to his resume when he is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame today in Cooperstown, N.Y.
    But the former Atlanta Braves manager’s legacy will remain the same to area baseball coaches: his willingness to defend his players.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo 1 Story

  • Valwood_Henderson.jpg Area teams hoping to get over the hump

    Past successes lead to present and future expectations.
    That’s the task faced by pretty much all 12 area high school football coaches present Saturday at In The Game Magazine’s South Georgia Football media day at the Holiday Inn conference center.
    It’s a task that also has the elite group searching for answers as to how to get past the state championship road block in recent years, aside from Valwood’s GISA Class AA crown in 2012.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • VHS little cats camp 1.jpg Valdosta hosts fundamental camp for ‘Little ’Cats’

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • VHS practice1.jpg Getting Back to Work

    Friday officially began the 2014 season for the Valdosta Wildcats and both the offense and defense came out and made statements.
    After holding spring and summer workouts, the Wildcats will practice four more times without pads before beginning full pad practice next week.

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

Blazers Blog
More