Valdosta, GA - Valdosta State earned two impressive region victories Monday with consecutive shutouts of Albany State, 13-0, 16-0. Both games ended after four and a half innings with VSU moving on to a 31-6 record on the season.
The Blazers bombed eight home runs on the day with half of them coming off the bat of Samantha Posey. Posey was five for seven with with a double and four homers, five runs scored and an eye-popping 11 runs batted in.
Natalia Morozova and Marti Littlefield were next in line with four RBIs each. Littlefield tallied two home runs on the day while Colette Rollins and Ashley Steinhilber each sent one out of the park.
Seven Blazers were able to get a hit by the time the day was over. Leading the pack at the top was Melessa Jackson, who has taken to the left side with ease. She was four for five on the day with an RBI and four runs scored, and she has hit .483 since moving to the left side.
Behind Jackson was Morozova, finishing the day at .750 on a three for four performance, then Posey. Rollins, April Hutchens and Steinhilber each finished above .600.
With all of the run support, Valdosta State didn’t need to get strong pitching, but Holly Satterfield and Krystle Robinson were almost untouchable anyway. Robinson only gave up one hit and struck out four in five innings. She walked two on her way to her sixth win of the season.
Satterfield struck out seven and walked none to get her 18th victory. She gave up five hits in five innings.
Valdosta State wasted no time attacking Albany State. With a runner on, Littlefield knocked one out of the park for an early 2-0 lead. Rollins reached next on a walk and was actually walked all the way around the bases to make it 3-0 before the opening frame ended.
Littlefield did the same thing in the second inning. Morgan Johnson reached on a fielder’s choice and Littlefield brought her in on her second two-run homer of the day.
The Blazers started the third inning with three consecutive singles, then Albany State’s Shaywona Marks walked in two runs. With the bases loaded, Morozova sent a double to the left field corner to plate three more runs.
In the seventh, Steinhilber took a base after being hit. Jackson brought her in with a single to the shortstop. Then Posey tallied her first two RBIs of the day with a home run. Albany State could not answer to stay alive.
It was much of the same for VSU in the second. Posey led off the way she ended game one, with a home run. Four batters later, Morozova drove in a run on a shot up the middle. Steinhilber knocked one out of the park to score two more runs and claim a 4-0 lead.
After the second, Valdosta State had enough runs to run rule the Golden Rams. Hutchens singled and came in on a Posey double down the left side. After a walk and a fielder’s choice, Rollins hit VSU’s sixth home run of the day for three more runs.
In the third inning, Albany State walked three players and gave up four hits, one of which was a grand slam by Posey to complete a five-run innings. She hit a three-run homer in the fifth to put the game out of reach.
The Blazers will look to keep the bats hot against the top team in the nation, No. 1 Alabama-Huntsville, Friday at 1 p.m. at the softball complex.
Don’t miss out on VSU’s Pack the Park to support Valdosta State softball against the Chargers. The first 150 students will receive free Valdosta State sunglasses.