Valdosta, GA -- Valdosta State used the team’s trademark big bats to pummel West Georgia, 13-0, in game one, then used stellar defense to sneak by the Wolves, 2-1, to move to 21-2 on the season and 8-0 in Gulf South Conference play.
Alanna Hadley pitched another great performance, striking out six and walking two in six innings pitched in two appearances. She did not allow a run and only gave up two hits.
Starting the second game, Courtney Gunby gave up three hits and a run in six innings pitched but struck out four and walked one.
The Blazer bats did major damage in game one with 13 runs on 13 powerful hits. Samantha Posey postmarked two home runs in the day’s opener to double her season total to four.
For the day, Morgan Johnson, April Hutchens and Ashley Steinhilber all hit .500. Johnson did it on three of six with two runs scored while Hutchens and Steinhilber both went two for four. Steinhilber scored three runs with two runs batted in while Hutchens notched three RBI.
The rest of the Blazers that swung a bat Wednesday all finished at an impressive .400 with 10 runs scored and nine RBI.
Valdosta State started quick with six first inning runs in game one. Courtney Albritton walked in the leadoff spot and Johnson doubled. Posey walked next, then Marti Littlefield hit a two-run single. Natalia Morozova walked next followed by another two-run single from Steinhilber. Both Morozova and Steinhilber scored on a two-run single up the middle from Hutchens.
In the second, Posey led off with her first home run of the day. Littlefield walked, and Steinhilber reached on a fielder’s choice. April Collins, running for Littlefield, scored on a Clare Wamsley single, and then Steinhilber scored on another hit from Hutchens.
In the third, Johnson led with a single. Posey plated Johnson with her second home run. After a passed ball, Steinhilber and Fran Johnson both scored the 12th and 13th runs for VSU. The fourth inning was the only time VSU was at bat in game one and did not score.
Game two was more of a show of defense with nine hits between both teams, VSU finished with six. Littlefield singled in the second and scored on a Fran Johnson single. Then, in the third, Albritton led with a double, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Morgan Johnson and scored on a sacrifice fly from Posey.
West Georgia’s Nicole Yancey tried a comeback bid with her 10th home run of the season to pull the Wolves within one run in the sixth. West Georgia could not keep momentum as VSU finished the wolves.
Valdosta State heads to the road to face North Alabama at 2 p.m. Saturday and Alabama-Huntsville at 3 p.m. Sunday.