Blazers Sweep SIAC’s Best, Albany State; Ties GSC Record

By: VSU Sports Communications
By: VSU Sports Communications

Valdosta, GA - Valdosta State used its usual combination of stellar pitching and powerful hitting to ram Albany State, 8-0, 7-0, Wednesday. The two wins push Valdosta State’s winning streak to 27 consecutive games, tying the all-time Gulf South Conference record set in 2005 by West Florida. The Blazers stand at 33-2 on the season while dropping Albany State to 19-22.

Both pitchers completed one-hit shutouts with four-time Gulf South Conference Pitcher of the Week Alanna Hadley going six innings and Brianna Hancock pitching seven. Hadley struck eight out with no walks for her 17th victory of the season while Hancock move to 9-1 on the year with seven strikeouts.

The star of the day was Marti Littlefield, whose bat is heating up lately. She belted two home runs on the day to give her eight for the season. She finished the day three of four with a team-high five runs batted in and three runs scored.

Also hitting home runs were Morgan Johnson and April Hutchens, Johnson added four RBI on the day. Courtney Albritton and Samantha Posey were the only other two players with multiple RBI, both finishing with two each.

In the first game, Hadley received great defensive play from the rest of the Blazers to close out the Golden Rams. Natalia Morozova made an over the shoulder catch on a foul ball for the second out of the game.

Another impressive play came in the fourth inning from Ashley Steinhilber. Albany State’s centerfielder Virginia Morris tried to lay down a bunt but popped it foul. Steinhilber made a diving catch for the first out of the inning.

The infielders weren’t the only Blazers getting in on the action. Clare Wamsley had an impressive assist from right field for Albany State’s last out of the game. Second baseman Adrienne Morris hit a ball to shallow right field and Wamsley, running forward, picked it up and rifled it to Morozova in time for the out at first.

Reigning GSC Player of the Week Johnson led the team in game one at the plate, going three for four with a home run and three runs batted in. She tallied four runs scored and two doubles. Behind her, Posey, Hutchens, Littlefield and Fran Johnson all went two for three in the game.

The Blazers started the game with two unearned runs in the first inning. Littlefield hit her seventh home run of the season to plate Morgan Johnson, who reached on an error by the ASU right fielder.

In the third inning, Hutchens led with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Albritton. Morgan Johnson followed with a double down the left line to plate Hutchens while Johnson scored on a double from Posey.

With that, the Blazers held a 4-0 lead, but Morgan Johnson added one run in the fifth on a homer. Albany State did good work to hold the Blazers to just one run in the inning as VSU had bases loaded three times. Twice, the Golden Rams made the out at home and finished with the third out at first.

Albany State couldn’t hold the Blazers off forever though with Valdosta State scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to close out the game with the run rule. Hutchens led off with a home run over the centerfield fence followed by consecutive doubles from Albritton and Morgan Johnson. Albritton scored on Johnson’s double and Posey knocked Johnson in with a single up the middle to end the game.

In game two, the Blazers did most of the damage in the third inning, scoring four runs. The first run of the game, however, came in the second. Littlefield walked and went all the way to third on a Morozova sacrifice bunt. She scored on a groundout from Fran Johnson.

Albritton started the bats in the third with a single down the left line. She stole a base next and scored on a Morgan Johnson single. Posey walked after that, and with two runners on, Littlefield blasted a three-run homer for her second long ball of the day.

Valdosta State added a run in both the fourth and sixth inning and did not allow Albany State to answer. The Blazers return to action at 1 p.m. Friday when they host North Alabama followed by a 2 p.m. doubleheader against rival Alabama-Huntsville Saturday for Pack the Park.

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Valdosta, GA -- The Blazers won their 26th consecutive game with an 8-0 victory over Albany State to move to 32-2 on the season. The second game of the doubleheader is currently delayed due to lightning.

Four-time Gulf South Conference Pitcher of the Week Alanna Hadley only gave up one hit in six innings of work while striking eight out with no walks for her 17th victory of the season.

Hadley did receive great defensive play from the rest of the Blazers to close out the Golden Rams. In the first inning Natalia Morozova made an over the shoulder catch on a foul ball for the second out of the game.

Another impressive play came in the fourth inning from Ashley Steinhilber. Albany State’s centerfielder Virginia Morris tried to lay down a bunt but popped it foul. Steinhilber made a diving catch for the first out of the inning.

The infielders weren’t the only Blazers getting in on the action. Clare Wamsley had an impressive assist from right field for Albany State’s last out of the game. Second baseman Adrienne Morris hit a ball to shallow right field and Wamsley, running forward, picked it up and rifled it to Morozova in time for the out at first.

Reigning GSC Player of the Week Morgan Johnson led the team in game one at the plate, going three for four with a home run and three runs batted in. She tallied four runs scored and two doubles. Behind her, Samantha Posey, April Hutchens, Marti Littlefield and Fran Johnson all went two for three in the game. Both Littlefield and Hutchens also knocked home runs. Littlefield and Posey both added two RBI while Hutchens had one.

The Blazers started the game with two unearned runs in the first inning. Littlefield hit her seventh home run of the season to plate Morgan Johnson, who reached on an error by the ASU right fielder.

In the third inning, Hutchens led with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Courtney Albritton. Morgan Johnson followed with a double down the left line to plate Hutchens while Johnson scored on a double from Posey.

With that, the Blazers held a 4-0 lead, but Morgan Johnson added one run in the fifth on a homer. Albany State did good work to hold the Blazers to just one run in the inning as VSU had bases loaded three times. Twice, the Golden Rams made the out at home and finished with the third out at first.

Albany State couldn’t hold the Blazers off forever though with Valdosta State scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to close out the game with the run rule. Hutchens led off with a home run over the centerfield fence followed by consecutive doubles from Albritton and Morgan Johnson. Albritton scored on Johnson’s double and Posey knocked Johnson in with a single up the middle to end the game.


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