VALDOSTA, Ga. – No. 25 West Florida took advantage of an error during a run down on a pick off to score two ninth inning runs as the Argonauts defeated Valdosta State 6-4 in Gulf South Conference baseball action at Billy Grant Field Sunday afternoon.
With the win, West Florida improved to 32-15 overall and 10-11 in GSC play while VSU fell to 26-17 and 14-9 in league play.
With one out in the ninth inning, Larry drew a walk and stole second before moving to third on a wild pitch. Andrew Rodriguez also drew a walk and was picked off first base, but during the run down a throw eluded shortstop Brent Nelson to allow Larry to score and Rodriguez to advance to second. Billy O'Connor followed with a single to right that scored Rodriguez.
West Florida took advantage of a pair of Valdosta State errors to build a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning. With one out in the frame, Andrew Rodriguez singled and stole second while moving to third on a throwing error on the stolen base. Dustin Saulmon followed with a single to center that scored Rodriguez and advanced to second on a failed pickoff attempt at first. Huggins followed with a single to center that scored Saulmon for the two run Argonaut lead.
After leaving runners in scoring position in the first, third and fourth innings, Valdosta State finally broke onto the scoreboard in the fifth. With one out in the frame, Buster Jackson drew a walk and moved to second when Marc Overstreet reached on a catcher's interference. Christian Glisson followed with a double down the left field line that scored both base runners and moved to third on the play as the throw in bounced away from Huggins at third base. Bryant Hayman singled up the middle to score Glisson to give VSU a 3-2 lead.
UWF evened the game at 3-3 in the top of the sixth inning when Korey Domineck reached on a leadoff walk and moved to second as Barber singled to right. Garrett Flynn laid down a bunt attempt that VSU pitcher Benjamin Weil fielded in time to throw out Domineck at the plate, but lost his footing to allow the run to score.
The Argonauts got a run on a sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth inning only to have the Blazers answer with a run-scoring single by Buster Jackson in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at 4-4.
Bobby Parker earned the victory as he allowed two hits and a run in 2.0 innings of relief while Zach John took the loss for VSU after surrendering a hit and two runs, one earned, in 1.1 innings to fall to 3-2.
Bagwell led VSU with two hits in the game as VSU tallied eight in the game.
Valdosta State returns to action next Friday when it opens play in the Gulf South Conference Tournament. VSU's opening round opponent and game time will be determined following the conclusion of Sunday's GSC contests.