Valdosta Daily Times

Top Sports News

March 16, 2014

Baseball splits doubleheader against West Alabama

LIVINGSTON, Ala. — No. 8 Valdosta State claimed a 1-0 win in a pitcher's duel in the first game before falling 10-5 in the second game of a Gulf South Conference baseball doubleheader against West Alabama at Tartt Field Saturday.

Pitching ruled the first gameas Valdosta State (15-6, 8-5) tallied just three hits through the first five innings while West Alabama (16-8, 7-7) recorded just four. VSU's best scoring chance during the span came in the top of the third inning when it got runner's on second and third with only one out, but Tiger starter Zach Parks struck out Matthew Fears and induced a fly ball from Mike Reed to end the threat. Meanwhile, UWA loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the frame before a fly ball ended the inning with no runs scored.

The Blazers got the game's only run in the top of the sixth inning due to some aggressive baserunning by Reed and a throwing error by West Alabama. Reed singled to open the frame and, after a ground out by Bryant Hayman, broke for second on a hit-and-run play with Jimmy Dowdell at the plate. Dowdell hit a ground ball to third base and was thrown out at first, but Reed never stopped running at second and slid safely into third base. A throw from first in attempt to retire Reed sailed high, allowing him to jump back to his feet and race home.

UWA loaded the bases with only one out in the seventh inning only to see a double play end the inning before also loading the bases with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

However, Jarod Stanely came out of the bullpen and struck out Mitch Holgate to end the game for his third save of the season.

VSU's Josh Mann surrendered five hits and five walks and struck out four in 7.0 innings of work to improve to 6-0 on the year. Meanwhile, Parks pitched a complete game and allowed six hits and two walks to go along with the unearned run to fall to 5-1.

Fears finished the game 0-for-4 at the plate and did not reach base to see his 18-game hitting streak as well as he streak of reaching base safely in every game this year come to an end.

Valdosta State jumped out to an early lead in the second game as Fears singled in the first inning and scored as Hayman followed with his sixth home run of the season. The Blazers added two more runs in the top of the second as Fears doubled home Dominique Smedley and Reed, both of whom singled in the inning, to push the VSU lead to 4-0.

The Tigers sent all nine batters to the plate and tallied five hits to take the lead in the bottom of the third. Holgate, Adam Chamblee and Jack Cockrum all had run scoring hits in the frame, which ended with UWA leading 5-4.

The Blazers evened the game in the fifth inning when a Michael Gouge ground out plated Hayman, but West Alabama scored two runs in the bottom of the inning and three more in the sixth to close out the scoring.

Ethan Bornstein started for Valdosta State and gave up six hits and five runs, only two earned, in 2.2 innings in a no decision. Beau Blair fell to 2-1 as he surrendered two hits and two walks to go along with two runs in 2.0 innings. Tiger starter Fernando Gonzalez allowed seven hits and five runs in 5.0 innings to improve to 4-1.

Reed was 3-for-7 with two runs scored on the day to lead Valdosta State offensively while Gouge was 3-for-8 with a RBI.

The series concludes with a single game beginning at 2 p.m. today.

1
Text Only
Top Sports News
  • Blazers to play three games on GSC-TV

    Valdosta State will play three televised games this fall, the Gulf South Conference announced Wednesday as it released its GSC-TV schedule.

    July 31, 2014

  • 2014 World Championships 216 (640x427).jpg Best of the Best

    The students of Performance Martial Arts Academy continue to rack up accolades and after a weekend in Little Rock, Ark., those accolades include the title of world champion.
    Mark Webb and Madison Swain both earned world championships at the American Taekwondo Association's Taekwondo World Championships a few weeks ago. Four other Performance Martial Arts students also competed in the event.

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • 150723-Lowndes_Brooks5.jpg Winding Down

    In its final 7-on-7 test of the summer, Randy McPherson was pleased with how the Lowndes football team looked Wednesday morning.
    Brooks County coach Maurice Freeman, on the other hand, was worried about the kind of hole the Trojans would have dug for themselves at Martin Stadium against the Vikings and Lafayette (Fla.) had it been a real game.

    July 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • 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

  • MaryAlice.jpg Just Keep Running

    Forrest Gump once said, "I used to run to get to where I was going, but I never thought it would take me anywhere." In the case of 18 year-old Mary Alice Smoot, anywhere is Tampa, Fla.
    After four years of unparalleled success running cross-country at Valwood, Smoot will continue running competitively next season at the University of Tampa.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 10U ELITE World Series Champs.jpg DKSA Elite win USSSA Global World Series

    DKSA ELITE just continues to win, the 10U team’s latest victory came in the USSSA Global World Series held in Destin, Fla. July 8-12.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Valwood.jpg A Different Look

    With football summer workouts in full swing, occasionally the intensity and competitive drive can wane going against teammates. But on Friday, Valwood, Brookwood, Lanier County and Tiftarea Academy broke up the monotony by meeting at Goddard Field for a four-team, 7-on-7 passing league.

    July 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • pilcher.jpg Berrien competes in 6-team passing camp

    If Ed Pilcher had his way, Berrien High would never throw the football.
    But that doesn't mean the veteran coach doesn't enjoy the opportunity that a passing league, or the six-team passing camp at Cairo on Thursday morning, can provide his Rebels.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

Top News
Poll

Do you agree with the millage rate increases?

Yes. We need to maintain services
No. Services should have been cut.
     View Results