MERIDIAN, Miss. -- Valdosta State got off to a strong start in the Gulf South Conference softball tournament Saturday, winning its first two games entering last night's late game against Alabama-Huntsville.

Saturday morning, the Lady Blazers (40-19) pounded Delta State, 11-3, though the game was closer than it appeared. VSU scored seven runs in the top of the sixth to turn a 4-3 game into a rout.

VSU climbed out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. Lindsay Ellingsworth, Katherine Wyatt, Tammi Momberg and Ryann Ellingsworth started the game with four straight singles, and all four came around to score. The last two runs scored on Krista Kneuer's single to left.

The big blows in the sixth were a two-RBI single by Lindsay Ellingsworth and a two-run double by Tiffany Moon. Wyatt and Momberg also had RBIs.

Lindsay Ellingsworth (14-4) went the distance, holding DSU to three hits and striking out six, and had two hits at the plate. Wyatt and Moon had three hits apiece, while Momberg had two.

Saturday afternoon, Valdosta State beat West Florida, 7-2.

Down 2-1 in the fourth, Tonya Coffey drilled a two-run home run to left field line to give VSU a 3-2 lead.

Coffey and the Ellingsworth sisters had two hits apiece. Angela Lauzon (12-5) went the distance, limiting UWF to four hits.



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