LIVINGSTON, Ala. – Valdosta State set new season highs for runs scored and hits as the Blazers defeated West Alabama 20-5 in Gulf South Conference baseball action at Tartt Field Sunday afternoon.
With the win, the Blazers improved to 23-16 on the season and 12-8 in GSC play while West Alabama fell to 23-20 and 12-9 in league action.
The 20 runs marked the most runs by a Valdosta State club since the Blazers put up 20 against Southern Arkansas on May 7, 2010. VSU also tallied 21 hits in the game, including five off the bat of Christian Glisson, who also scored four runs and drove in five.
West Alabama scored first in the game as Chris Duncan reached on an infield before a pair of balks moved him to third. Two batters later, D.J. Turo grounded out to VSU pitcher Nick Fogarty to score Duncan for a 1-0 UWA edge.
Valdosta State struck back for five runs in the top of the second inning, four coming on a grand slam by Glisson. With two outs in the frame, Austin Lawrence singled and scored when Steven Groves followed with a double to left in which Micah Reeves, the UWA left fielder, lost the ball off the bat. Buster Jackson and Marc Overstreet proceeded to draw walks to load the bases before Christian Glisson, who entered the at bat 0-for-7 on the weekend, hit a 1-0 pitch over the wall in right-center field for his ninth home run of the year and a 5-1 Blazer advantage.
The Blazers got a solo home run from Bryant Hayman and a sacrifice fly by Groves in the third inning to push its advantage to 7-1, but Duncan hit a home run with Tyler Richburg on first in the bottom of the frame to cut the Blazer lead back to four runs.
VSU added four more runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, including Noelte's third home run of the year, to push its lead to 15-3. The Blazers scored five more runs in the sixth inning while UWA got a solo home run in the bottom of the inning.
Overstreet and Lawrence each finished the day with three hits while Noelte was 2-for-5 with five runs driven in. Hayman and Groves also finished the game with two hits for the Blazers.
Nick Fogarty improved to 1-0 as he pitched 6.1 innings and allowed just eight hits and five runs while striking out seven. UWA starter Nick Bolleter surrendered nine hits and eight earned runs in 3.1 innings to fall to 3-3.
Valdosta state returns to action Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. when it travels to Columbus, Ga. to face Columbus State in non-conference play.