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February 4, 2013

VSU baseball team beats North Georgia, 6-2

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State’s baseball team tallied 10 hits and got a pair of strong pitching performances, and the Blazers topped North Georgia 6-2 at the Comfort Suites Classic on Sunday afternoon at Billy Grant Field.

With the win, VSU improved to 2-1 on the season, while North Georgia fell to 0-3.

Valdosta State never trailed in the game, as it scored the first three runs of the contest.

The Blazers opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. Jake Montgomery and Ryan McClellan both singled to open the inning before Jake Fields drew a walk. After a double play erased Montgomery, Michael Gouge singled to right to score both McClellan and Fields for a 2-0 VSU lead.

The Blazers added a third run in the bottom of the sixth, as Will Austin and Nick Rodda hit back-to-back two-out triples.

North Georgia closed to within 3-2 with single runs in the seventh and eighth. Tremayne Toorie hit a blooper just off the infield that was lost by McClellan at first for a leadoff double in the sixth and scored three batters later on a ground out. The Saints got a pair of two-out hits in the eighth for their final run.

Valdosta State closed out the scoring with three unearned runs in the eighth inning. Daniel Hoover plated one run on a bases loaded ground out, then Montgomery hit a double to score two more.

Blazer starter Jeremy Holcomb gave up six hits and just one run while striking out five in 6 1/3 innings of work to improve to 1-0. Dom Demasi allowed just two hits and a run while striking out two in 2 2/3 innings to pick up his first save.

Montgomery, McClellan, Gouge and Nick Rodda each had two hits to lead Valdosta State, while Hoover and Will Austin had one each.

North Georgia’s Taylor Keinat surrendered eight hits and three runs, all earned, in six innings to fall to 0-1 on the year. Brett Wright and Toorie each had two hits to lead UNG offensively.

Valdosta State returns to action on Wednesday, when it travels to St. Augustine, Fla. to face Flagler at 5 p.m.

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