In Huntsville, Ala., Valdosta State baseball came up just short of sweeping a three-game Gulf South Conference Series Saturday, losing game three, 3-2, to Alabama Huntsville.

The Blazers (17-11) fall to 5-1 in the GSC East division with the loss, but Valdosta State is just one game back of East leader West Florida.

"If you would have told me we'd take two of three from Alabama Huntsville, I'd have taken it," Valdosta State assistant coach Shannon Jernigan said. "Of course, the bus ride home will be a little bit longer since we didn't get the sweep."

Tied at 1-1 in the fourth, Alabama Huntsville took a 2-1 lead, but the Blazers answered in the eighth when Brian Hicks reached on a throwing error which scored pinch runner Juan Alonso.

Knotted up 2-all, Valdosta State pitcher Brian Bass, starting his first GSC series game, began to tire in the bottom of the eighth after allowing three runs and 11 hits through 7 1/3 innings. Bass gave up the winning run in the eighth when his wild pitch allowed Ryan Bowerman to score from third.

The Blazers managed just seven hits and one earned run off Chargers' starter Tyde Meadows, who got the win in 7 2/3 innings or work. Meadows struck out eight.

"We really couldn't find our rhythm today offensively," Jernigan said. "Give credit to Meadows. He took what the umpire was calling on the outside of the plate and really pitched well."

Davy Cheek and Ryan Chromek each had two hits to lead Valdosta State. Brad Brown had the Blazers only RBI, which came on a sacrifice fly.

Valdosta State travels to Georgia College and State University Wednesday for a 2 p.m. non-conference game.

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