JACKSON, Tenn. – Valdosta State tallied 15 hits in the first game and 11 in the second to sweep a doubleheader 8-3 and 9-5 from Lambuth in non-conference baseball action at the Lambuth Baseball Complex Sunday afternoon.
Valdosta State (12-16) used three hits in the third inning of the first game to score a pair of runs to take a 2-0 lead. With one out in the frame, Chaz Bagwell singled and moved to second on an Antonio Clark base hit up the middle. John Willner followed with a double to right to score Bagwell while Clark came home on a Tyler Reimer ground out.
A Joel Cardinal single plated Aaron Kicklighter to push the VSU lead to three runs in the fourth before Lambuth (8-21) got two runs back in the bottom of the fourth on a two-out double by Tanner Hoechlin.
Willner hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to plate Cardinal, but Jake Whitaker answered with a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the inning to run the score to 4-3 while the Blazers scored the game's final four runs in the ninth.
With one out in the top of the final inning, Bagwell was hit by a pitch and stole second while moving to third when the throw down to second on play skipped into center field. Clark followed with a single up the middle to plate Bagwell and came around to score as Willner followed with a double to right. A ground ball with two outs appeared to get the Eagles out of the inning, but the throw to first got by the first baseman, allowing Willner to score. Bobby Trigilia, who reached on the error, stole second and scored when Cameron Graves singled to give the Blazers their five run lead.
Kyle Teague allowed six hits and three runs in eight and two-third innings. The junior struck out eight batters while surrendering no walks in improving to 2-4. Bagwell was a perfect 4-for-4 in the game while Clark, Willner, Graves and Cardinal had two each.
Mack Murray fell to 1-4 as he surrendered 12 hits and four runs while striking out four in eight innings. Hoechlin had two of the six Lambuth hits to lead the Eagles offensively in the first game.
LU scored first in the second game as it plated a run in the bottom of the first inning. Daniel Saxon reached on an infield single to open the bottom of the first and moved to second on a ground out while a passed ball allowed him to advance to third. Seth Blackwell proceeded to hit a shallow fly ball to right that was dropped by Willner, allowing Saxon to score for a 1-0 Lambuth lead.
Valdosta State took the lead in the top of the third inning as it sent nine men to the plate. Ryan Noelte drew a walk to open the inning and moved to second as Clark collected a bunt single. A fly ball by Willner moved both runners up a base, allowing both to come home as Glisson hit a sharp grounder up the middle. Two batters later, Graves doubled off the wall in right to drive home Glisson. Tyler Reimer drew a four-pitch walk to put runners on first and second while Cardinal delivered a single to left that scored Graves for a 4-1 VSU lead.
The Eagles got a two runs back in the bottom of the fourth when Blackwell drew a bases loaded walk and Cable McMinn hit a sacrifice fly only to have Glisson and Triglia collect two-out RBI's in the fourth to push the Blazer lead back to 6-3.
VSU added a fourth run to its lead in the fifth, as Reimer doubled and eventually scored on a wild pitch, and scored two more in the seventh, including Graves' second home run of the season, in the seventh to push the advantage to 9-3.
LU got three doubles and scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh for the game's final runs.
Brett Kennedy improved to 2-3 as he gave up four hits and three runs, two earned, in six innings on the mound. The senior walked two and struck out four. Glisson collected three hits and three RBI to lead VSU offensively in the second game. Graves and Reimer each finished the contest with two hits.
Jake Whitaker six runs on eight hits in four innings to fall to 1-3. Saxon tallied three hits to lead the Eagles offensively.
Valdosta State returns home to Billy Grant Field and hosts Flagler at 6:00 p.m.