COLUMBUS, Ga. - Valdosta State used a seven-run sixth inning to defeat Columbus State 8-1 in non-conference baseball action at Ragsdale Field Wednesday evening.
Columbus State (25-19) got a run in the bottom of the fourth inning while Valdosta State (27-14) evened the game with a Hunter Thompson run in the top of the fifth to tie the game.
The Blazers sent 12 batters to the plate and tallied seven hits in the sixth inning in deciding the game. Bryant Hayman opened the seventh with one of his two hits of the frame as he reached on an infield single before Jake Fields drew a walk. A sacrifice bunt moved both base runners up a base before Hayman scored on a Jamie McMillan single. Fields scored on a Thompson ground out before Will Wilson, who pinch-ran for McMillan, came home on a Daniel Hoover single. A balk moved Hoover to second, allowing him to score on a Clint Carr base hit. After Nick Rodda was hit by a pitch, Ryan McClellan plated Carr with single up the middle while Hayman tallied a base hit to center to score both Rodda and McClellan for the final run of the frame.
Dom DeMasi gave up six hits and a run in 6.0 innings on the mound to improve to 2-1 on the season. He also struck out nine batters in the game.
Hayman had the two hits and two runs driven in to lead VSU offensively while Fields and Carr also collected two hits each.
Valdosta State returns to action Friday at 5:00 p.m. when it opens its final regular season series of the year as the Blazers host second-ranked Delta State in Gulf South Conference play. The three-game series will conclude with a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.