VALDOSTA, Ga. – Valdosta State sent the seniors off on a good note with two wins against West Georgia to end the regular season at 33-8 and 18-7 in Gulf South Conference play. Behind Natalia Morozova, VSU took game one, 5-1. Samantha Posey led the team in game two with four runs batted in as Valdosta State went on to a 10-2 victory.
Morozova had a strong day, finishing four for five in the second spot in the lineup. She had three RBI and three runs scored with a home run. Behind her was senior Melessa Jackson, who finished four of six with three runs scored. Three other Blazers were at .500 on the day and eight players notched at least a hit as VSU put up 22 on the Wolves.
In game one, senior Holly Satterfield pitched five innings, only allowing one run. She struck out three and walked one as she gave up five hits in the game.
Seniors Margaret Carter and Krystle Robinson teamed up for game two with Carter earning the win and Robinson getting the save. Each pitcher gave up three hits with no strikeouts. West Georgia could only muster two hits against Robinson.
The Blazers started early against West Georgia with two runs in the first. Both Morozova and Marti Littlefield scored in large part to due to an error by the UWG pitcher. Jordan Martin was able to score Littlefield off a double to left center.
After that, the game would go scoreless until the fifth inning. With April Hutchens and Jackson on base, Morozova blasted a line drive home run over the left center wall for three more VSU runs. West Georgia could only answer with one in the sixth.
In game two, Valdosta State used a huge third inning to get the win. Already up, 1-0, the Blazers plated seven runs in the third for an 8-0 advantage. Morozova started the inning with a single up the middle and Littlefield doubled. Martin hit a sacrifice fly to score both runs and start the scoring.
Morgan Johnson singled up the middle and Sarah Vaughn reached on an error. They both score on a home run from Hutchens. With five runs in the third, VSU looked for more. Jackson singled to left center and Posey brought her in with the third baseman’s first home run of the day.
Valdosta State missed out on end the game early due to the run rule when the team gave up two runs in the fifth. But Posey and Jackson teamed up again for another two-run homer from Posey to end the game.
The Blazers now prepare for the postseason with the Gulf South Conference Tournament to start Friday, May 6. After that, VSU will await to hear the NCAA South Regional seeding. Check www.vstateblazers.com for updates throughout the postseason.