VALDOSTA -- A Gulf South Sunday win eluded Valdosta State baseball for the second consecutive weekend in a 7-2 loss to Alabama Huntsville on Billy Grant Field.
The loss dropped the Blazers to 2-6 in Sunday games this season, leaving Blazers' head coach Tommy Thomas wondering why.
"I always go to church on Sunday," Thomas said. "My dad and I get up early and go to church and yet we lose on Sunday. There seems to be a stigma that we can't win that Sunday game as much."
After sweeping a doubleheader from the Chargers Saturday, Valdosta State (18-12, 4-2 Gulf South) was baffled by Huntsville left-hander Tyde Meadows for nine innings. Meadows allowed just five Blazers' hits (three came from Blazers' shortstop Robert Morgan) and struck out five.
"Give the man credit," Thomas said of Meadows. "He just did a great job. We still feel like this was an extremely successful weekend to beat a team that was [ranked] as high as No. 2 in the country."
The Chargers (21-8, 3-3 Gulf South) jumped on Valdosta State starter Robbie Wachman for four runs and seven hits after 3.2 innings of work.
David Pressley hit his second homer of the series on a first pitch fastball from Wachman (3-2) in the third, giving Huntsville a 2-0 lead. Bert Watkins's triple later in the inning scored Jeremy McIntyre from first.
Valdosta State came back with a run in its half of the third inning on John McDonald's RBI groundout, but couldn't figure out Meadows for the next four innings.
Michael Martinez threw two scoreless innings in the fifth and sixth, but Huntsville got to Martinez
for one in the seventh and two runs in the eighth to take a 7-1 lead.
In the bottom of the eighth, McDonald (1-for-3, two RBI) hit a solo shot to left, his fifth homer of the season, but that was all the Blazers could manage.
Valdosta State had the bases loaded with one out twice, in the first and fifth innings, but Meadows was able to escape both times. The Chargers' junior left-hander threw 101 pitches and improved to 5-1 on the season.
"It happens," Thomas said of the Blazers' lack of production with the bases full. "If it happens six games in a row I may not sluff it off like I am. Go back and give Meadows credit."
Robert Morgan went 3-for-4 at the plate for Valdosta State.
2003 Gulf South East Player of the Year Wes Long went 2-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Chargers.
Valdosta State travels to Savannah for a 3 p.m. non-conference game against Armstrong Atlantic State Tuesday.
Diamond Notes: Valdosta State's two Gulf South wins this weekend leaves the Blazers in a three-way tie for first in the East division. West Georgia (26-6, 4-2 Gulf South) took two-of-three from Lincoln Memorial to remain in first, while West Alabama (22-12, 4-2 Gulf South) swept a three-game series from Montevallo to join the Blazers and Braves atop the division.
Valdosta State hosts West Alabama in a three-game series Saturday and Sunday at Billy Grant Field.
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