PENSACOLA, Fla. -- A two-inning outburst was all West Florida needed to win its second-straight Gulf South East title. The same outburst sent Valdosta State two places away from the first-place seed it entered the day seeking.
West Florida scored 13 runs in the fifth and sixth innings, running away with a 16-2, seven-inning win over Valdosta State here Sunday.
Valdosta State (29-24), suffering its worst loss of the season, must settle for the third seed from the GSC East for this week's Gulf South tournament. VSU will play Southern Arkansas in a first-round game at 8 p.m. (ET) Thursday in Millington, Tenn.
Other first-round games include Central Arkansas vs. Alabama-Huntsville, West Alabama vs. Delta State and West Florida vs. Arkansas Tech. VSU would play either West Florida or Arkansas Tech in a second-round game at 2 p.m. (ET) Friday.
A win Sunday would have given the Blazers the GSC East title. The loss, combined with UAH's 4-2 win at North Alabama, sent VSU to third place. It was the first time this season VSU had not won at least two games in a GSC East weekend. VSU and West Florida had split two games Saturday.
The Blazers were kept in check by Aaron Archambeau, who allowed seven hits and struck out six in pitching an out short of a complete game. VSU didn't score until John McDonald's two-RBI single in the sixth, trimming UWF's lead to 7-2.
But the Argonauts (28-19), who had scored four runs in the fifth after plating single runs in the first through third innings, exploded for nine runs off four VSU pitchers to put the game away.
For West Florida, Patrick Cottrell was 4-for-4 with four RBI, including a home run and a double. Rhett Summerford went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a double. Peter Antoske was 3-for-5 with two doubles. Jarret Dring tallied three RBI and Owen Davis had two RBI.
Robert Morgan and Micah Smith each had two hits for VSU. Bryan Bennett got the loss, pitching into the sixth.
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