This week in baseball the Blazers (18-21) were downed on the road by No. 21 Georgia College (29-14) Tuesday night in a 6-5 nail-biter.
The non-conference game was won on Ikaika Anderson’s two-out, walk-off RBI single in the bottom of ninth. The designated hitter was in a 1-2 hole and then managed to get a hit that trickled into left field and drove in Richard Pirkle for the victory clinching run.
“I threw him [Ikaika Anderson] a change-up… It couldn’t have been hit in a better spot…Bobby [Triglia] came down on it and it just took a bad hop,” said VSU relief pitcher Bud Fuller. “That’s baseball; it’s just one of those things.”
Fuller was credited with the loss, his third on the year. He lasted for two outs in the ninth and gave up the one run on 2 walks and a hit. Bobcats’ relief pitcher Tanner Moore was awarded the win, his second of the year.
Outfielder Antonio Clark was VSU’s offensive star for the night. Clark went 1-4 and batted in two runs. One of those runs came in the top of the fifth inning on a double down the third base foul line scoring Steven Groves. Groves, who reached on a two-out single, had two hits, a walk, and scored twice.
Monday night at Southard Stadium, VSU toppled Saint Leo in a high-scoring affair 11-9. The Blazers’ bats clinched the non-conference bout as they broke out for five runs in the eighth inning. The inning was highlighted by an Aaron Kicklighter single that scored Tyler Reimer and Cameron Graves. The shortstop finished the night three for four with two RBI’s and two runs scored.
The Blazers’ will finish out the week in Pensacola with a three-game Gulf South Conference series against No. 1 West Florida this weekend.
The doubleheader is tomorrow at 4:30 pm. The series will conclude with game three Saturday at 2 pm.
The Blazers are 1-3 against the Argonauts this year after dropping a three-game series at Billy Grant Field in early March.