Eureka! The Blazers (10-16) found it. What’s that you might ask? Swagger.
Yesterday, the VSU baseball team traveled to the mining town of Dahlonega, Ga. to take on the North Georgia Saints (17-10). Coach Guillams’s gang wasn’t particularly searching for gold, but they were looking for a win and a turnaround after losing four of seven including three straight conference games over the spring break.
The Blazers got the win, crushing North Georgia 15-6, and possibly the turnaround needed to help garner some confidence to carry them into the remainder of the season.
“As a team, we go into every game confident that we can win,” said John Willner when asked about the team’s confidence following the victory. “But after three tough conference losses, a big win like today will hopefully put us back on a roll.”
The senior outfielder hit two home runs as the Blazers put on a home run derby, tallying a combined five on the night. Willner’s first homer of the game came in the top of the first helping the Blazers’ jump to an early 4-0 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, the Saints tied it up scoring four runs as well. In the second, Willner followed up with his second homer, a two-run dinger scoring Antonio Clark. The hit proved to be the deciding blow as the Blazers never relinquished their lead.
The win comes on the heels of a forgettable spring break for the struggling team. The break started with a winning road trip, not to Panama City, but to Carrollton and Augusta where the Blazers went 3-1. After taking two out of three against fellow Gulf South Conference foe West Georgia, the Blazers followed up with a 16-4 rout of Augusta State.
The revelry of victory would be short. No. 18 North Alabama came to Billy Grant Field and swept the Blazers in a three-game set, dropping VSU’s conference record to 3-5.
This weekend the Blazers will take the long trip to Jackson, Tennessee to take on Lambuth in a three game bout. The doubleheader portion will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday and the series will conclude with game three on Sunday at 2 p.m.
If the Blazers do turn it around and clinch the series, then you might see a more confident baseball team and some good Charlie Sheen impersonations, “Winning!”