LIVINGSTON, Ala. – With a strong hitting day, Valdosta State improved to 29-6 overall and 16-5 in conference play with two victories over West Alabama Sunday. The Blazers tallied 16 hits and three home runs in a 2-0, 7-3 sweep of the Tigers.
In the first inning of game one, with two outs, Colette Rollins bombed a home run over the left field fence for an early 2-0 lead. Thanks to just a two-hit game pitched by Holly Satterfield, that was all VSU would need to win.
Satterfield struck out seven and walked two in seven innings against West Alabama to move to 17-3 on the year.
Game two was a much more offensive game. Margaret Carter gave up six hits and three runs in seven innings with five strikeouts and just one walk. She received plenty of support from the VSU offense though.
The Blazers racked up 11 hits and seven runs against two West Alabama pitchers.
Marti Littlefield continued her strong weekend with a first inning home run to score Samantha Posey for another early 2-0 lead. Littlefield finished the day hitting .714 on five for seven at the plate. She had two runs batted in, a home run, a double and a run scored.
After the Tigers responded with two runs of their own, VSU struck again in the second inning. With three runners on, Posey singled to right field to plate two runs. Melessa Jackson scored the next play off a sacrifice bunt from Morgan Johnson, her second of the game.
Despite giving up a run in the third inning, the Blazers continued to play strong, scoring two more runs in the fourth. Jackson, with a great weekend of her own, scored when Posey hit the team’s third home run of the day.
Up 7-3, VSU would hold West Alabama to three scoreless innings to clinch the team’s second win of the day and fourth of the weekend.
In addition to Littlefield’s success at the plate, Jackson also hit above .500 for the weekend. She finished hitting .600 on three of five with two runs scored.
Posey led the team in RBIs with four on three of seven hitting with two runs scored. Both Rollins tallied two RBIs while Johnson added one on a combined three hits. Ashley Steinhilber and Natalia Morozova also notched hits on the day.
Valdosta State will return home for a doubleheader against Albany State at 5 p.m. Monday.