VALDOSTA -- Seven in a row.
The Valdosta State baseball Blazers continued their hot streak Tuesday at Billy Grant Field with a two-game sweep of Brewton-Parker. VSU won 11-0 in the first game and 5-4 in the second.
VSU is now 7-3 overall, after losing its first three of the year, and is ranked 24th in this week's national rankings. The Blazers play Saturday and Sunday at Eckerd.
"We have to be extremely happy with the way we've played in the last seven ball games. Actually in the last eight ball games. I'm real pleased. I think my speculation on this team so far is coming true," VSU head coach Tommy Thomas said. "We're going to struggle to win with a lack of offensive power. I think the name of our game is going to be pitching, defense and timely hitting."
Blake Dykes (1-0) got the win coming out of the bullpen in the second game.
Brewton-Parker (2-7) led 4-0 after three innings and had held the Blazer bats to three hits.
That changed in the fourth as the Blazers scored five runs to go up 5-3 and hold on for the win.
Eric Stiefel led off the inning by reaching on a error by Baron third baseman Chase Brantley. P.J. Brown followed with a single and Greg Olsen reached on a bunt single.
Shortstop Josh Veres drew a bases-loaded walk to score pinch-runner Jay Neundorfer.
Sammy Watson delivered a double down the left-field line to clear the bases for a 4-3 lead. Watson advanced to third on the throw home and scored on a Scott Simpson sacrifice fly for the fifth and final run of the inning.
Up 5-4 going to the sixth, VSU went to Corey Wachman. The Bainbridge native more than delivered.
Wachman, a junior, allowed no hits and struck out four batters. He also threw eight consecutive strikes when he entered the game in the sixth.
"That made me feel good about the future of this season to know that we've got somebody to come out of the pen," Thomas said. "It's great to see that he can do that kind of thing."
Dykes replaced starting pitcher Steve Bowerman after three innings and his team down 3-0.
Bowerman gave up three runs on three hits and walked three.
Dykes allowed a run on no hits over two innings prior to Thomas calling on Wachman going into the sixth.
The run came in the fifth, by Ashley Hooks, came home on a wild pitch.
Bowerman was lit up for two runs in the first. Brewton-Parker extended the lead to 3-0 in the third when Ricky Nelson came home on a wild pitch.
VSU 11, Brewton Parker 0
VSU went up 4-0 early and padded the lead with two runs in the sixth and five more in the seventh to complement a sterling pitching performance by Josh Kitterman ( 2-1). Kitterman gave up no runs on three hits in six innings.
"Kitterman did a wonderful job in that first game," Thomas said.
Sammy Watson and John Martin each had two hits in the first game to lead VSU.
With the bases loaded, Blake Thompson got VSU on the board with a fly ball that was misplayed by left fielder Chris Anderson to score Scott Simpson and Sammy Watson and advance John Martin to third.
Consecutive groundouts by Scott Fletcher and Tim Kelly would advance Martin and Thompson around for the 4-0 lead.
Martin and Thompson scored on wild pitches by Barons' starter Trae Wiggins in the fifth before VSU put the game completely out of reach with a five-run sixth inning.
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