VALDOSTA, Ga. – After nearly a month off, Valdosta State showed no signs of rust Sunday with two wins over Georgian Court and Mary on Sunday to move to 4-0 on the season. The Blazers put away Georgian Court in short order with a 10-0 victory in five innings. Against Mary, Valdosta State trailed by two, but turned it around to win, 4-2.
In the first game of the day, Holly Satterfield pitched a one-hitter in five innings. She struck five out and walked two in the great defensive performance VSU put on Saturday.
As usual, the VSU bats offered Satterfield plenty of support, racking up five runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth to close out the game.
Leadoff hitter Sam Posey singled to right field to start VSU and came in on a Marti Littlefield triple for the early 1-0 lead. In the second inning, Ashley Steinhilber reached on an error by second base, then came in on a double by Natalia Morozova. Then the third inning hit.
Clare Wamsley used her speed to reach first on an error by the shortstop, then moved to second when April Collins was hit by a pitch. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch. After a Melessa Jackson walk, Steinhilber brought Wamsley and Collins in with a single to left field.
After Steinhilber, Morozova notched another RBI when she plated Jackson with a single to third base. Morozova then came in on a Morgan Johnson single to center field, but not before Steinhilber stole home. Georgian Court finally caught a break after that as VSU fouled out and was thrown out on a throw from third.
In the fourth inning, VSU heated up again. Littlefield started it off with a double, then two Blazers walked. Morozova made it a five-RBI day with a double to left center to score three runs.
Against Mary, Steinhilber kept up her great showing with a home run. April Hutchens added a double and scored a run. Her double was one of four by the Blazers. Sarah Vaughn, Johnson and Wamsley also tallied doubles against Mary. Wamsley’s was the go-ahead hit for VSU.
Margaret Carter earned the win against Mary with four innings pitched. She gave up two unearned runs, but struck out two. Krystle Robinson pitched three innings. She gave up three hits, but found her spots to strike out seven batters on the day.
The Blazers will return to Valdosta to face Georgia Southwestern at 3 p.m. Tuesday.