Valdosta, GA - Valdosta State played its first home games of the season Tuesday, and did not disappoint the hometown fans. The Blazers move to 6-0 after beating Georgia Southwestern, 3-1, 5-0 in two games with exciting endings.
With just a two-run lead, the VSU defense was faced with loaded bases and just one out in the top of the seventh. Georgia Southwestern’s Katie Maddox grounded to first baseman Natalia Morozova. Morozova went straight to home with the ball to catch the lead runner, then Ashley Steinhilber rifled it back to first base. Morozova ducked and April Hutchens caught the ball for the exciting double play to end game one.
In the second game, VSU had just a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth when Valdosta State unexpectedly tacked on three more runs late to help secure a 5-0 win in the second game. Both Clare Wamsley and Steinhilber walked to reach base. Then Morgan Johnson hit a fly ball to right field that landed just inside the foul line and rolled to the corner of the field. Johnson, a high school track athlete, used her speed to leg out an inside-the-park home run.
Outside of those two exciting plays, it was just another routine day for Valdosta State with two more wins notched on the belt.
Holly Satterfield earned the first win of the day with six innings pitched. She gave up two hits and one unearned run while walking two. She struck out six. Margaret Carter cleaned up the seventh inning for the save.
In the opener, Steinhilber was one for two with a run scored while Johnson was also one for two. Colette Rollins was one for three with an RBI. Sarah Vaughn also notched an RBI on a one for two performance.
Wamsley made an impressive defensive play in the fifth inning. With a runner at third, Maddox hit a liner to left field that Wamsley caught and rifled into home to keep the runner from scoring.
In game two, there was another strong defensive play. Hutchens turned and ran to catch a line drive over her shoulder in the fourth inning.
Carter gave up one hit and struck out three without a walk in four innings of game two while Krystle Robinson struck out two and gave up one hit without a walk in the final three innings.
Steinhilber scored three runs on a one for two performance while Johnson tallied three RBIs and scored a run on a one for two second game. Marti Littlefield was two for four with an RBI while Hutchens and Morozova went one for two.
Valdosta State will play West Florida at 5 p.m. Saturday.