DECATUR, Ala. – Valdosta State finished Saturday at the Gulf South Conference Crossover with a record of 23-6 and 10-5 in the GSC after splitting with No. 20 Arkansas-Monticello and Arkansas Tech, the two best teams from the GSC West.
The Blazers knocked off UAM, 2-1, in the early game, then lost a back-and-forth battle against the Golden Suns, 7-6.
Colette Rollins had the best day hitting with a four for seven performance with three runs batted in. Melessa Jackson was three for six while Samantha Posey went three for seven with a double. Ashley Steinhilber tallied two RBIs while Sarah Vaughn and Morgan Johnson notched one a piece.
In the pitcher’s circle, Holly Satterfield did most of the heavy lifting with 10 innings pitched. She earned a win against UAM with three strikeouts and two walks. She gave up seven hits in seven innings.
Against Arkansas Tech, Satterfield struck out two in three innings. She gave up two runs and four hits. Krystle Robinson dropped to 4-3 on the year, however, with the start and 2.1 innings pitched against ATU. She gave up four earned runs on three hits. She struck out three and walked three.
After registering only one hit in the first two innings against Arkansas-Monticello, Valdosta State squeezed out two runs in the third that would prove to be enough to win.
April Hutchens singled to right field and scored after back-to-back errors on a bunt from Jackson. Jackson scored the second run of the game off a bunt from Johnson on the squeeze play. Both players were safe.
The next inning, the Cotton Blossoms scored one run, but the rest of the game was a defensive battle that VSU held on to.
Game two against Arkansas Tech was a different story. The Blazers scored four runs in the top of the first inning for an early lead. With two runners on, Rollins singled to left field to score one. Steinhilber plated Rollins and Marti Littlefield with a strong hit to left center.
It took time for the Golden Suns to answer, but they did in the third. Arkansas Tech passed VSU with five runs scored in the inning. The Blazers, however, regained the lead with two runs in the next frame.
Hutchens reached on an error followed by Jackson legging out a slap hit. Both runners moved on a single from Posey and scored on another Rollins hit.
In the sixth inning, though, Arkansas Tech scored twice for another lead. It turned out to be the last lead the Golden Suns would need.
Valdosta State will face Southern Arkansas and Ouachita Baptist at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday, the last day of the GSC Crossover.