The VSU softball team had a long weekend with a full slate of games and they showed up playing their best.
The Blazers beat the Argonauts by scores of 4-0 and 11-3. Following the sweep, VSU rolled past Lambuth by winning both games 12-0 and 19-0. The 19 runs would be a season high until the next day. Coach Thomas Macera’s club swept Young Harris 25-1 in the first game and game two by 13-0.
The offense came alive and the Blazers received production from every spot in the batting order over the weekend. Natalia Morozova, though, may have been the biggest star.
Morozova earned her second Gulf South Conference Player of the Week award after accumulating 13 hits, 9 runs batted in and earning a .684 batting average over the weekend.
“If you look at Lambuth and Young Harris, who they played, there is nobody else that beat them as bad as we did,” said Macera. “We put a bunch of runs up against some teams whose records may not be as good as other people, but nobody else is putting a 25-spot up on them…We finally had all our players healthy and we just finally hit the ball well. Playing six games in a week really helped us out.”
VSU has been carried by pitching up to this point in the season, but this weekend, we saw how good the offense can be. The team only struck out nine times over the six games, which is an unbelievable testament to how well the team put the ball in play.
“(Ashley) Steinhilber’s hitting really well, Marti (Littlefield) is hitting .400, (Samantha) Posey is back in the lineup; she’s killing it,” said Macera. “I don’t think it’s any one person that sets us off; I just think on any team hitting is contagious. We have several people in the lineup that can do some damage.”
Looking ahead, the softball team will be playing in a seven game tournament beginning later today against Christian Brothers University in Decatur, Ala.
“It’s seven games over four days and it’s tough, but again, that’s our key, we have got to play games,” said Macera. “We are ten, fifteen, twenty games behind everybody else. Not just me, but they are ready to play.”
Despite the wins VSU has racked up this past weekend and all the games they have coming up, the Blazers are focused on their next opponent and taking it one game at a time. Macera has instilled a winning mentality.
“They don’t have a problem staying focused one game at a time,” said Macera. “They’re hungry, they want to play, and that’s the thing. We always stay focused one game at a time.”