VALDOSTA -- Lynn scored nine runs in the eighth inning to defeat Valdosta State, 11-2 Friday, during the first day of the Nijem's Jewelers Classic at Billy Grant Field.
No. 10 Valdosta State (13-3) was leading 2-1 going into the eighth, after a strong outing from Adam Lingenfelter (3-1). But then Lynn, ranked 18th in Division II, started the eighth with four straight singles off Lingenfelter, the last two RBI singles by Billy Zbacnik and Juan Colon.
VSU brought in Jason Van Nus to relieve Lingenfelter. Van Nus walked Greg Brown to load the bases, got two outs, then walked Francisco Dinzey and Beau McMillan to force in runs. Zach Stewart relieved Van Nus and walked Carlos Portilla, forcing in another run. Brett McMillan relieved and was greeted with a bases-clearing double by George Branch.
Blake Dykes, the fifth pitcher of the inning for VSU, finally was able to get out of the inning, but the damage was done: nine runs on six hits.
Valdosta State had taken a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Tim Kelly and pinch hitter Joey Nijem hit back-to-back singles. After a fielder's choice, moved pinch runner Jay Neundorfer to third, Josh Grube came to the plate. Grube swung at the first pitch from Travis Osborn (5-0), and singled to right, scoring Neundorfer.
Lynn scored the first run of the game in the fourth inning on a Jeremiah Creech RBI single. VSU tied the score on a Grube RBI double in the fifth, which scored Tim Kelly.
In the other tournament game Friday, Georgia College defeated Berry 4-3.
Valdosta State will face Berry today at 4:30 p.m. at Billy Grant. Georgia College will play Lynn at 1 p.m.
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