Decatur, AL - After a win Thursday, Valdosta State split with Henderson State and Delta State Friday. The Blazers tallied a single unearned run to beat HSU, 1-0, while falling to the Lady Statesmen, 5-3.
All of VSU’s top three pitchers saw action Friday with Margaret Carter getting the first turn. She gave up five hits and walked one in six innings against the Lady Reddies but did not give up a run. In relief, Holly Satterfield earned the save with one inning pitched.
Krystle Robinson started against Delta State, and did not give up an earned run in five innings. She allowed four hits and gave up two walks with three strikeouts. Satterfield finished the last two innings of game two and gave up two runs on three hits. She walked two.
The first game of the day was a defensive battle. Both teams tallied five hits each. In the first inning, Morgan Johnson busted her first triple of the season but it was the only hit for VSU in the first three innings.
In the third, Melessa Jackson reached on an error by Henderson State’s third baseman. Samantha Posey was hit by a pitch to move Jackson to second. Jackson moved to third on a fielder’s choice by Johnson. Posey was out on the play. Jackson scored VSU’s only run of the game on a wild pitch.
In the last three innings, Valdosta State put up four hits but no scores. Luckily, VSU would not need another run to survive Henderson State. Delta State, however, was a different story.
The Lady Statesmen and VSU played four scoreless innings before either team was able to capitalize for a score. In the top of the fifth, with a runner on, Delta State took advantage of back-to-back Valdosta State errors to score three runs.
Valdosta State answered in the bottom of the inning Jackson made her way around the bases thanks to a Posey double. Delta State responded with two more runs in the sixth inning. The Blazers were only able to notch one hit in the sixth but started to make a move after holding the Lady Statesmen in the top of the seventh.
Posey started the bottom of the inning with a single to left field, followed by a Johnson walk. Marti Littlefield plated both runs with a deep double. With the tying run at bat, Valdosta State popped up twice.
On the final out, Delta State gave VSU a chance with an error by pitcher Brittany Gonzalez on a pop up, but the Blazers could not take advantage.
For the day, Posey led VSU at the plate with three hits, a run batted in and a run scored in five at bats. April Hutchens was two for four while Jackson and Johnson scored three combined runs. Littlefield led the team in RBIs with two.
Valdosta State will look to get back on track against the two toughest teams the Gulf South Conference West Division has to offer. The Blazers face No. 20 Arkansas-Monticello at 1 p.m. and GSC East leader Arkansas Tech at 3 p.m.