VALDOSTA, Ga. (vstateblazers.com) — Down 4-1 within the backside of the seventh with one out within the second sport of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon, the No. 7 Valdosta State softball staff hit three house runs for a 6-4 victory and a doubleheader sweep of No. 17 West Florida.
Blazer sophomore Taylor Lewis used a pinch-hit, two run, walk-off, house run to seal the sweep as VSU scored 5 runs in its final at bat. The Blazers received the opener, 6-3 behind 4 house runs and a powerful efficiency from sophomore Samantha Richards within the circle.
The Blazers improved to 18-3 on the yr and 12-2 in Gulf South Convention play, whereas UWF fell to 18-9 and 12-5 in league play. VSU belted eight house runs for the doubleheader and allowed only one round-tripper.
VSU hit .300 for the day on 15 of fifty, whereas scoring 12 runs with one double, a staggering eight house runs and 12 RBI. Three totally different gamers every had three hits for the day as freshman Moran Hill and senior sister Logan Hill, together with junior Nicole Pennington every had two house runs for the doubleheader.
Richards went all seven innings within the opener, whereas M. Hill began the nightcap and was relieved by each senior Avery Lamb and freshman Mia DeAngelis. VSU fanned the Argos 12 instances as Richards had six Ok’s within the opener.
The collection concludes with a single sport Sunday at 1 p.m. Followers can entry hyperlinks to reside stats, audio/video streaming and extra at vstateblazers.com. The sport additionally will probably be broadcast on 92.1 WDDQ FM with Invoice Malone having the decision.
#7 Valdosta State 6, #17 West Florida 3 (Sport One)
Richards struck out the aspect to start the sport within the high of the primary giving her 98 strikeouts for the season in 75.2 innings of labor to that time. She completed the day with 101 strikeouts for the season. Within the backside of the body, M. Hill took Grace Gilbert’s first pitch deep off the scoreboard for her seventh round-tripper of the season and a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Kiley Robb singled to left plating, Pennington, who reached base through a stroll and a 2-0 lead. Pennington now has reached base safely in all 20 video games this season.
On a 3-1 rely with one out within the high of the second, Jacquelynne Poling went deep to proper subject, getting the Argos on the board, 2-1. It was Poling’s fifth house run within the final 9 video games. Richards picked up her fourth strikeout of the sport and junior Baylee Everson made a fantastic diving catch in left subject saving what doubtlessly may have been an enormous inning for the guests.
Gilbert started the highest of the third with a bloop single over first base to start the highest of the third. A sacrifice bunt moved her to second and leadoff hitter Teala Howard beat the throw on a bunt, however an errant throw to get Gilbert out at third allowed Gilbert to attain for a 2-2 sport. Richards bought out of the jam with out additional injury.
Pennington took a 1-1 rely within the backside of the third to left subject for her ninth house run of the season and a 3-2 Blazer lead. With one pitch in between, L. Hill belted her fourth house run of the season to useless heart subject for a 4-2 lead and the third house run of the sport for VSU. The Blazers entered the collection main the nation in house runs with 33. A double off the fence from freshman Aniston Gano chased Gilbert from the sport in favor of Montana Younger. Younger bought a fly out to left for the second out and bought senior Lacey Crandall to hit a tough ball proper on the heart fielder for the third out.
An infield single, adopted by a single from Argo leadoff hitter Howard and three base throwing error pulled UWF inside 4-3 within the high of the fifth. Richards prevented additional injury with a pair of fly outs.
With one out within the backside of the fifth, a 3-1 rely, and a runner on base, Robb hit a two run shot to left heart for her ninth house run of the yr and a 6-3 VSU lead. It was the fourth house run hit within the sport for VSU.
VSU took the 6-3 lead into the highest of the seventh and the final at bat for the Argos. Richards retired the primary two batters with a pair of fly outs to left and proper subject, respectively. Richards got here again along with her sixth strikeout of the sport to finish it as VSU took the opener, 6-3.
The Blazers had six runs on 9 hits with three errors, whereas UWF had three runs on 5 hits. The groups mixed for 5 house runs, however 4 huge spherical trippers by the Blazers accounted for 5 of the six runs within the sport. Robb went 3 for 3 with a run scored, house run and three RBI. Howard was 2 for 3 for the Argos.
Richards improved to 12-2 on the yr, permitting 5 hits, three runs – one earned, walked none and fanned six. Gilbert (4-4) took the loss, permitting six hits, 4 runs – three earned and walked one in 2.1 innings of labor. UWF entered the collection winners of six of the final seven in opposition to the Blazers.
#7 Valdosta State 6, #17 West Florida 4 (Sport Two)
Within the nightcap, M. Hill hit a solo house run, her second of the day, on the second pitch of the sport for a 1-0 lead, after starting the day with a solo house run within the opener on the primary pitch. A stroll and a wild pitch put runners on the corners for the Blazers with two out. Pennington bought too far off third because the Blazers tried to get right into a run down for an additional run as she was picked off to finish the risk.
The Argos started the highest of the fourth with a pair of singles. A fielder’s alternative out for the Blazers adopted. Brett Leiva doubled down the best subject line, tying the sport at 1-1. VSU made a change within the circle as Lamb changed M. Hill. Courtney McClellan hit a sacrifice fly to heart for a 2-1 UWF lead. Lamb bought a fly out to left for the ultimate out.
With two out within the backside of the fourth, VSU put two on base with a pair of walks, however Sweatt got here again with an enormous strikeout getting out of the jam.
Sweatt retired the primary batter within the backside of the fifth, however walked the subsequent two because the Blazers have been searching for their first hit because the first inning. L. Hill superior the runners with a fly out to left for 2 in scoring place. Sweatt bought a foul out to the catcher as VSU left two in scoring place.
Everson put a ball into left subject with one out within the backside of the sixth for the primary hit for VSU because the first inning house run by M. Hill. A floor out to second moved Everson into scoring place at second with two out. Sweatt bought a come out to quick to get out of the inning as VSU left seven stranded to that time and runners in scoring place every of the previous three innings.
UWF used a single from pinch-hitter Madlynne Webb after which Kayanna Perez laced an RBI double to the hole for a 3-1 lead within the high of the seventh, chasing Lamb from the sport in favor of DeAngelis. An error on a sacrifice bunt scored the fourth run and second of the inning for the Argos.
With one out within the backside of the seventh, M. Hill singled up the center. On a 3-2 rely, Pennington took Sweatt yard for a 4-3 deficit. On a 2-2 rely, L. Hill tied the sport with a house run to left heart and a 4-4 rating. It marked the second time at present VSU hit back-to-back house runs. Montana Younger changed Sweatt on the mound following a stroll to Robb, placing the profitable run on base. Perez robbed freshman Aniston Gano of successful with a fantastic, snow cone, diving catch in left subject for the second out. On a 2-1 rely, sophomore pinch-hitter Taylor Lewis belted a two run shot for a 6-4, walk-off victory to comb the doubleheader and win the collection.
DeAngelis (1-0) earned the win pitching the seventh, whereas Sweatt (7-3) took the loss in 6.1 innings, permitting 5 hits, 5 earned runs, walked seven and fanned 5. M. Hill went 2 for 3 with two runs scored, a house run and an RBI within the nightcap as the one Blazer with multiple hit within the sport. Pennington and Lewis every had two RBI on their house runs. Three totally different gamers for the Argos had two hits every.