FLORENCE, Ala. -- Using a gutty pitching performance from Adam Lingenfelter, the Valdosta State baseball team did what needed to get a chance to defend its Gulf South Conference baseball championship.
Lingenfelter (8-4) pitched a complete game, scatting eight hits and four runs, striking out six, as the Blazers defeated North Alabama, 6-4, here in the second game of a Gulf South East twinbill Saturday night.
With the win, after an 11-5 first-game loss, combined with West Florida's sweep of West Georgia in Pensacola, Fla., the Blazers clinched one of the division's three spots in next weekend's Gulf South Conference tournament in Millington, Tenn.
The win was also head coach Tommy Thomas' 1,200th career win.
The Blazers (36-16 overall), 13-7 in the GSC East, will join West Florida (14-6) and Alabama-Huntsville (13-6) in Millington.
In the second game, the Blazers rallied from down 4-3 with two runs in the fourth. Josh Grube's RBI single tied the game, and Sammy Watson's RBI double broke the tie.
Watson finished the game 4-for-4 with three RBI, including a third-inning home run.
VSU and UNA finish the regular season at 2 p.m. (ET) today. (Radio: WVLD-AM 1450)
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