CARROLLTON, Ga. - Valdosta State pounded out 15 hits as the Blazers defeated West Georgia 12-2 in seven innings in a Gulf South Conference baseball game Sunday.
The Blazers (8-13, 3-3) never trailed as they won the rubber game of the series against the Wolves (8-13, 1-4). Bobby Triglia gave VSU the lead in the top of the first inning with a sacrifice fly, only to have West Georgia even the game with a single run in the bottom half of the frame.
Valdosta State didn't look back from there as the Blazers added two more runs in the third, on a base hit by Joel Cardinal, before pushing their lead to 7-1 in the top of the fourth. Antonio Clark and Marc Overstreet recorded RBI singles in the fourth while Christian Glisson drove in two with his fourth home run of the year, a shot over the wall in left on a full-count pitch from West Georgia starter Jared Slaven.
The Wolves got a run back in the bottom of the fourth, but VSU responded with three more in the fifth, including a two-run single by John Willner, before closing out the scoring with two runs on an Aaron Kicklighter single in the seventh.
Kevin Rogers pitched a complete game for Valdosta State as he allowed six hits and just one earned run while striking out six in seven innings to up his record to 1-3 on the year. Slaven fell to 1-3 as well after surrendering eight hits and seven earned runs in three and two-thirds innings.
Cardinal tallied three hits and two runs batted in to lead VSU offensively while Clark also finished with three hits while scoring twice. Glisson, Kicklighter and Ryan Noelte all finished with two hits apiece.
Valdosta State returns to action Tuesday, March 15 when it travels to Augusta, Ga. for a non-conference tilt against Augusta State at 4:30 p.m.