The Blazers put together their first shutout of the season and improved their record to 4-4 after defeating the Georgia Southwestern Hurricanes 2-0 Wednesday night.
Both teams benefitted from impressive outings from their starting pitchers, but Senior Steven Groves, receiving his first start of the season, was able to pull out the win for the Blazers.
Groves began the first inning giving up two hits, but his struggles on the mound were only temporary. After six innings of work, Groves left the Hurricane batters frustrated at the plate striking out 5, giving up only 3 hits, and surrendering no walks.
With two outs in the bottom of the third, the Blazers broke the deadlock after Christian Glisson hit a ball off that bounced off the mound. The ball landed in the grasp of Hurricane’s shortstop, Josh Duran, who got the throw in time to first, but first baseman, Andrew Archer, wasn’t able to secure the catch and the out. The error allowed Buster Jackson to score from third, and gave the Blazers a 1-0 advantage.
More offensive production came for the Blazers in the seventh inning when Bryant Hayman hit a double off the right field wall. Two batters later, Brent Nelson hit a grounder that took an awkward high bounce over Andrew Archer, making it a night to forget for the Hurricane’s first baseman. Hayman scored from second on the play and doubled the Blazer’s lead to 2-0.
Junior, Benjamin Weil, came on to relieve for VSU in the sixth inning after Groves gave up a single. The Blazer bullpen has shown some inconsistencies this season, but Weil extinguished any hope of a Hurricane comeback. Weil closed the last 3 innings of the game out in impressive fashion, giving up no runs or hits and sealing the win for the Blazers.
The Blazers game against Nova Southeastern Sharks (3-1) that was scheduled for tonight has been rained out.