DECATUR, Ala. – Valdosta State tallied two wins on the final day of the Gulf South Conference Crossover to move to 25-6 on the season and 12-5 in conference play. The Blazers run ruled Southern Arkansas, 11-3, and won on a walk off home run from April Hutchens. Then VSU outlasted Ouachita Baptist, 1-0, with Hutchens scoring the lone run.
The Valdosta State bats popped against Southern Arkansas. After giving up three runs in the top of the first, VSU bounced back to take the lead, 4-3, after one.
Samantha Posey doubled to start the inning and Morgan Johnson walked. After a strikeout, Colette Rollins doubled down the left line for two quick scores. Sarah Vaughn walked after that.
With April Collins, pinch running for Rollins, and Vaughn at third and second after a Vaughn stolen base, Ashley Steinhilber put the ball in play.
Steinhilber was thrown out at first, but Collins scored on the play. Vaughn scored next off a bunt from Natalia Morozova.
Both teams were scoreless until the Blazers busted out in the fifth. Posey started the inning with a single up the middle followed by back-to-back bunts by Johnson and Marti Littlefield. With bases loaded, Rollins came through again with a single up the middle to plate two runs.
Vaughn followed with a pop up that landed safely just behind first base. Littlefield scored on the play. Vaughn scored next off a deep double from Steinhilber to take a 9-3 lead.
Just two runs away from a run-ruled win, Hutchens came through. With Steinhilber at second, Hutchens knocked a home run over the center field fence for a walk-off and the first win of the day.
Krystle Robinson went the full five innings and struck out two. She walked one and gave up six hits and two earned runs.
Against Ouachita Baptist, the game was knotted up through five until Hutchens scored from third on a wild pitch. She reached first on an error, then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Melessa Jackson. Hutchens moved to third when Posey put the ball in play and scored on a high pitch from Ouachita Baptist for a skinny, 1-0 lead headed to the sixth.
It turned out that would be all VSU needed to go 2-0 on the day.
Holly Satterfield struck out four and walked one. She only gave up three hits in seven innings to move to 15-3 on the year.
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