VALDOSTA, Ga. – Valdosta State scored every inning as the Blazers completed a sweep of Gulf South Conference foe West Georgia with a 15-2 seven-inning victory at Billy Grant Field Sunday afternoon.
With the victory, Valdosta State improved to 22-25 and 10-11 in GSC action. The win also gives VSU the No. 3 seed out of the East Division in next weekend's conference tournament, to be held at USA Stadium in Millington, Tenn. The Blazers will face Southern Arkansas, the No. 2 seed out of the West, at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Friday night.
The loss dropped West Georgia to 18-30 and 5-15 in Gulf South Conference play.
Christian Glisson gave Valdosta State an early lead as he hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the first inning.
The Blazers upped their advantage to 3-0 in the second inning as it took advantage of a dropped pop-up. Cameron Graves led off the frame and reached second base when his pop-up was misplayed by West Georgia shortstop Garrett May. Two batters later, Ryan Noelte doubled to right to plate Graves and moved to third on a wild pitch. Aaron Kicklighter followed with a sacrifice fly to center for the second VSU run of the frame.
A pair of two-out run-scoring hits and a dropped fly ball with runners on second and third added four more runs to the Valdosta State lead in the third inning while Bobby Triglia added his eighth home run of the year, a two-run shot to left, in the fourth to push the Blazer lead to 9-0.
Valdosta State added three more runs in fifth inning as the first three batters of the frame reached base, but West Georgia responded with two runs in the top of the sixth inning to close to within 10 runs. VSU responded with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to close out the scoring.
Spencer Butler improved to 3-3 on the season as he allowed just four hits and struck out two in five innings. The Blazers tallied 12 hits in the game, led by Noelte, who was 3-for-3. Josh Vining also finished with three hits to go along with two runs scored and three RBI while Graves finished with two hits and Glisson scored four runs.
UWG starter Justin Key gave up six hits and seven runs, only three of which were earned, in two and two-thirds innings to fall to 1-3. Trey Thompson finished with two of the Wolves' seven hits to led West Georgia offensively.