VALDOSTA — A day after crushing the ball against Albany State, the Valdosta State softball team had its bats all but silenced during the second round of the NCAA South Regional tournament Friday.

The Lady Blazers came up with just three hits, and fell 6-0 to Florida Southern.

Two-time All-American Megan Brown led the Moccasins (47-13), pitching a complete game for her 30th win of the season.

The victory also moved Brown to No. 5 on the NCAA Division II wins list at 120 and seventh all time in shutouts with 55.

“Megan had a big performance,” Florida Southern coach Chris Belloto said. “She did what we asked her to do.”

Despite a stellar performance, Brown passed the credit to a defense that committed just two errors and left eight runners stranded on base.

“I have a great seven players that play behind me and a great girl at the plate in Leah English, and 11 girls on the bench that work just as hard as the rest of us,” Brown said. “There’s 20 players on the team, and it takes 20 of us to win a ball game.”

The Lady Blazers bats were shut down by Brown, who kept the ball outside, which VSU failed to adjust to.

“We didn’t hit well,” VSU coach Thomas Macera said. “We had to hit what was thrown, and we didn’t make adjustments to what was being thrown.”

VSU continued to reach outside the strike zone for offense, which led to the limited number of hits.

“When you reach, you end up rolling over a pitch,” Macera said. “They needed to wait a little longer. If the ball gets closer to them, you can drive a pitch that way.

“Anytime you reach, you can’t hit the bottom half, so you can’t drive it. We did not do a good job sitting back and letting the ball travel more.”

The Moccasins broke a scoreless game in the fifth inning, when a mistake by VSU pitcher Brianna Collis opened the gates.

Collis hit the leadoff batter, English, and Jena Wolfersteig pinch ran. Michelle Tatlock then singled, moving Wolfersteig to second. Nikki Henderson followed with a bunt single, loading the bases. Ashley Alpizar hit a grounder to second baseman Kristina Ely, who threw home to get the lead runner on a force play.

With the bases still loaded, Jess Shepard hit a double that drove in Tatlock and Henderson. After reaching second safely, Shepard tried to go to third but was tagged out in a rundown. Then Sarah Kohlbrenner, the Moccasins’ No. 3 hitter, connected on a Collis pitch and drove a home run over the center field fence.

The Moccasins added two more runs in the top of the seventh on a two-run double by Angela Williams.

The Moccasins had 12 hits against Collis (18-2), who tallied five earned runs and just three strikeouts.

“I think Brianna pitched a pretty good game,” Macera said. “Was it her best performance? No. She flattened out a couple of pitches, and they hurt us. We didn’t play well behind her at all.”

The Lady Blazers (47-8) now enter the loser’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament. VSU takes on third-seed Florida Gulf Coast, who lost to Rollins in the first round and eliminated Alabama-Huntsville Friday. The two teams will meet in a loser-goes-home game at 1:30 p.m. today.

“Florida Gulf Coast is very good,” Macera said. “They have good hitting, good pitching and good defense, just like everybody else here. We have to play good defense, and we have to make adjustments in the box against good pitching.

“We have the ability. It’s time to play ball.”

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