VALDOSTA, Ga. - Valdosta State tallied 10 hits and got a pair of strong pitching performances as the Blazers topped North Georgia 6-2 in baseball action at the Comfort Suites Classic Sunday afternoon at Billy Grant Field.
With the win, VSU improved to 2-1 on the season while North Georgia fell to 0-3.
Valdosta State never trailed in the game as it scored the first three runs of the contest. The Blazers opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning as the first three VSU batters reached base. Jake Montogomery and Ryan McClellan both singled to open the frame before Jake Fields drew a walk. After a double play erased Montgomery, Michael Gouge singled to right to score both McClellan and Fields for a 2-0 VSU lead.
The Blazers added a third run in the bottom of the sixth as Will Austin and Nick Rodda hit back-to-back two-out triples before North Georgia closed to within 3-2 with single runs in the seventh and eighth. Tremayne Toorie hit a blooper just off the infield that was lost by McClellan at first for a lead-off double in the sixth and three batters later on a ground out while the Saints got a pair of two-out hits in the eighth for their final run.
Valdosta State closed out the scoring with three unearned runs in the eighth inning as Daniel Hoover plated one run on a bases loaded ground out before Montgomery hit a double to score two more.
Blazer starter Jeremy Holcomb gave up six hits and just one run while striking out five in six-and-a-third innings of work to improve to 1-0 while Dom Demasi allowed just two hits and a run while striking out two in two-and-two-thirds innings to pick up his first save.
Montgomery, McClellan, Gouge and Nick Rodda each had two hits to lead Valdosta State while Hoover and Will Austin had one each.
North Georgia's Taylor Keinat surrendered eight hits and three runs, all earned, in six innings to fall to 0-1 on the year. Brett Wright and Toorie each had two hits to lead UNG offensively.
Valdosta State returns to action Wednesday, February 6 when it travels to St. Augustine, Fla. to face Flagler at 5:00 p.m.
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