VALDOSTA, Ga. – Valdosta State put up 31 runs, 34 hits to just one hit for Lambuth in a doubleheader Saturday. Behind a perfect game from Krystle Robinson, the Blazers won game two, 19-0, and Holly Satterfield pitched VSU to a 12-0 win in the first game, both ending in 4.5 innings.
Satterfield allowed just one hit and struck out eight in five innings pitched while Robinson struck out 11 of the 15 batters she faced.
Not that the pitchers needed it, but they received plenty of support from their hitters.
In game one, Valdosta State blasted four home runs. Colette Rollins scored first with a second inning homer, then Samantha Posey was next to the party with one to start the fourth inning. Marti Littlefield struck her first home run of the season to also score Morgan Johnson two batters after Posey’s. In the same inning, April Hutchens hit her first home run of the season for two more runs to round out a six-run inning in the fourth.
Valdosta State made the fourth inning its strongest in both games, scoring 12 runs in the fourth inning of game two.
Nine of VSU’s 12 runs in the first game were earned while all but one of the Blazers’ 19 runs in the second game were earned.
The Blazers started game two with a five-run inning in the first. Posey doubled down the left line and moved to third on a passed ball. After a Johnson walk, Posey scored on a wild pitch while Johnson made it all the way to third. Then Littlefield sent a sacrifice fly ball to center field to score Johnson.
Next, Ashley Steinhilber was hit by a pitch and Rollins doubled to left field. With two on base, Sarah Vaughn sent her first home run of the season to rack up three RBIs. She would finish game two with six.
After two more VSU singles, Lambuth would finally end the first inning trailing by five. The Blazers, however, did not let up. Valdosta State scored two runs in the second, and, looking to close out strong, put together a monster fourth inning.
Natalia Morozova used legged out a hit on a bunt to third base. Ariel Shaw shot a grounder through the third base/shortstop gap, and Vaughn doubled to plate both runners. Hutchens sent a single up the middle followed by a single from Amanda McElheney that brought in Vaughn.
After that, Posey reached on a fielder’s choice with which the Lambuth shortstop didn’t know what to do. On her pause, Clare Wamsley, re-entering the game for McElheney, took off for second while Hutchens scored. April Collins joined the hitting crowd with a high-bouncing single that scored Wamsley.
Two more VSU batters went through, then the Blazers were back at Morozova to start another run through the lineup in the fourth inning. Morozova’s single to left center tallied two more VSU runs, then Shaw reached on a fielder’s choice. Morozova scored on Vaughn’s single.
Next, Hutchens made it a two-homer day with a three-run shot. Wamsley made sure she made the home run list, and sent one out the next at bat. Lambuth was finally able to end the inning after that.
Then Robinson ended the game with a strikeout, a fly out and a ground out to secure the win.
Valdosta State will host its third opponent in as many days when the Blazers welcome Young Harris to the Softball Complex at 2 p.m. Sunday.