HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Valdosta State beat Barry, 8-0, to start the day. But the Blazers needed to beat Alabama-Huntsville twice Sunday to move on to NCAA Super Regionals. The Chargers were able to put away VSU, 10-2, to advance to host the NCAA Super Regionals against either West Alabama or Arkansas-Monticello.
The best hitter on the day for Valdosta State was Ashley Steinhilber. She finished the day hitting .571 on a four for seven day with two home runs, including the homer that completed the run rule to end VSU’s game against Barry. Jordan Martin hit .500 just behind Steinhilber, followed by three Blazers who finished hitting .429.
Against Barry, Holly Satterfield pitched a two-hit game in six innings of play. She walked one and struck out four as she retired 18 Barry hitters in the game.
The Valdosta State offense supported Satterfield, starting with a leadoff home run from Samantha Posey. In the second, after walking, Sarah Vaughn scored on a Martin single up the middle. Then VSU put up two runs in the third when Natalia Morozova scored on a Steinhilber single followed by Steinhilber coming home when Morgan Johnson reached on an error. After one more run in the fourth, Valdosta State laid claim to a 5-0 lead, needing just three more runs to end the game early.
Martin started the sixth inning with a double followed by a single from Posey. With two runners on, Marti Littlefield plated Martin with a single to left field. After that, with two outs, Steinhilber knocked a single to center field to plate two more runs and clinch the game for VSU.
The second game of the day was a different story for Valdosta State. After starting the game three and out in the first, VSU gave up four runs with two outs in the bottom of the first. The Chargers used patience to get a walk, then hit two singles. Krystal Johnson brought the tally to 4-0 with a two run homer before VSU could get the final out.
Valdosta State answered with two runs in the second inning on a Steinhilber home run over the center field fence. After cutting the lead in half, VSU gave up two more runs to Alabama-Huntsville when Kelli Long hit a two run homer.
Trailing, 6-2, VSU could never add another run to close the gap. After holding UAH scoreless in the third and fourth, the Chargers put up four more runs in the final two innings.
Alabama-Huntsville tallied 10 hits in all despite VSU throwing all three senior pitchers. The Blazers just could not gain their footing to hold off the Chargers in the final VSU game of the season.
After competing in the NCAA South Super Regional two consecutive seasons, VSU fell short in 2011 as the season comes to a close for VSU softball and VSU athletics in the 2010-11 season.