VALDOSTA, Ga. – After putting on a dominating performance against Lambuth Saturday, Valdosta State put together an even more impressive outing against the Mountain Lions of Young Harris Sunday. The Blazers swept Young Harris, 25-1, 11-0. The wins move Valdosta State to 20-4 on the year. Young Harris drops to 15-23.
The VSU pitching staff of Holly Satterfield, Margaret Carter and Krystle Robinson only gave up two hits in two games. Satterfield started the day with three innings pitched, giving up the lone hit of the game and one run. She struck out two and walked two. In the top of the fourth inning, Carter made her appearance and struck out two of six batters faced.
In game two, Robinson put on a dominating performance, only allowing one hit in five innings. She struck out six and walked two.
After giving up the first inning run to Young Harris, Samantha Posey started the Blazers strong in the bottom of the first with a leadoff home run. Three singles and a walk later, Natalia Morozova doubled down the left line for a 4-1 lead.
Young Harris made the first of five changes at pitcher, but four more runs were scored, capped by a home run from Morgan Johnson on the second run through the lineup.
After scoring nine first inning runs, VSU put up seven more in the second and eight in the third. Ashley Steinhilber and Colette Rollins hit back-to-back home runs and Posey notched two RBIs on a single to right center in the second. It was much of the same in the third, and Young Harris finally held Valdosta State to just one run in the fourth.
With the run rule firmly in hand, the Blazers closed out strong in the first game.
Posey was able to get around the bases to start game two as well. After reaching on an error, Posey moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Johnson. She move to third and scored on two wild pitches. With the early 1-0 lead, Valdosta State put the pedal down in the second.
Morozova started the second inning with a single down the left line and Sarah Vaughn followed it when she legged out a bunt for a hit. Morozova was able to reach third on the bunt, then April Hutchens plated the first run of the second inning with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Next Clare Wamsley reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Posey followed it with another single as part of her five for eight day that included eight RBIs and six runs scored. Wamsley scored on the single and Posey scored two batters later on a single up the middle from Marti Littlefield.
With a 4-0 lead, Valdosta State blasted seven runs in the third inning and made it another short game due to the run rule.
The Blazers had 11 players hit at least one RBI on the day, led by Posey’s eight. Littlefield was next in line with five RBIs on a four for eight day with three runs scored. Morozova tallied four RBIs on a five for six day with four runs scored.
Johnson notched three RBIs, all in the second game, with a two for three game with three runs scored. Both Steinhilber and Hutchens boasted two RBIs on the day while Rollins, Amanda McElheney and Vaughn all had one.
Valdosta State’s next action comes at the Gulf South Conference Crossover from Thursday through Sunday.