FLORENCE, Ala. – Valdosta State moves to 27-6 overall and 14-5 in conference play after putting up 20 hits on North Alabama Saturday. The Blazers took game one in six innings due to the run rule, 11-0, and followed it with a 4-0 victory in the second game of the day.
Valdosta State started with two runs in the second inning. Natalia Morozova reached on an error, then stole second. Morozova scored on Ashley Steinhilber’s single up the middle, then Steinhilber stole second as well. The VSU catcher scored on a single down the left line from Melessa Jackson.
The Blazers added two more runs in the fourth. Morozova and Sarah Vaughn both singled followed by singles from Jackson and Morgan Johnson. Morozova scored on Vaughn’s hit, and Vaughn came in on Johnson’s.
With a 4-0 lead, the Blazers looked to slam the door on the Lions. Colette Rollins walked and April Collins, pinch running for Rollins, scored on a single down the left line from Steinhilber. With one on, Vaughn busted her third home run of the season to complete a three-run inning.
Valdosta State scored four more runs in the sixth inning to end the game early. The Blazers hit three singles to start the inning. The third single came from Rollins to score Samantha Posey and Marti Littlefield. Morozova gave VSU its final runs of the game with her fourth home run of the season, a two-run bomb to left center.
North Alabama could not answer to keep the game going thanks to strong pitching from Holly Satterfield. She struck out two and walked three in six innings. She allowed three hits as she moved to 16-3 on the year. Margaret Carter followed Satterfield with three strikeouts, three walks and four hits in game two. She did not allow a run in seven innings to move to 6-1.
Posey helped the Blazers start strong in game two. She singled down the left line and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Johnson. Littlefield plated Posey with a single to center field for an early 1-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, Posey doubled to left field to score April Hutchens and Jackson, then scored off another Littlefield hit, a double to center. Valdosta State would not need another run to claim the team’s second victory of the day.
Littlefield was the best hitter for VSU Saturday, going five for eight with two doubles, two runs batted in and a run scored. Jackson followed her with a three for five performance with an RBI and a run scored while Vaughn was three for six with two runs scored and three RBIs.
Posey also tallied three hits while Morozova and Steinhilber each notched two hits. Both Rollins and Johnson had a hit to give VSU an impressive 20 hits for the day.
Valdosta State will travel to Livingston, Ala. to face West Alabama at 2 p.m. Sunday.