The Valdosta State baseball team came out on top this past weekend in a tough three game series against the North Alabama Lions.
The Lions being ranked #1 (according to NFCA) and having a higher amount of overall wins, helped the Blazers enjoy their victory even more.
The first game of the three-game series indeed went in the Blazers’ favor.
In the 10-2 win over UNA, Blazer pitcher Kevin Rodgers picked up his third win of the season.
The second and third game of the series was played the following day.
The Lions bounced back to get a 7-6 victory against the Blazers the next day. North Alabama started off the second game with earning six runs in the second inning off three hits.
VSU at the time managed to only score one; a homerun by freshmen catcher Bryant Hayman.
Hayman’s homerun was his fifth of the season.
It wasn’t looking too well for the Blazers until the fourth inning when right fielder Ryan Noelte hit a single that advanced designated hitter Christian Glisson to third before he eventually scored.
Noelte, a senior finance major, held his head high and didn’t let the score bother him.
“I know that the score of the first one didn’t show it, but I think we out-performed them,” Noelte said.
The Blazers attempted to rally in the 9th inning tallying two more runs in the bottom half.
However, VSU failed to tie up the game before the third and final out was recorded.
The tiebreaker and final game of the series looked to be more hopeful with more consistent defense on the field.
Lefty pitcher Pete Whittingslow had a great outing, striking out eight through seven innings pitched.
To go along with better defense this game, VSU’s hitters were also swinging the bats much better.
Senior Cameron Graves hit a high-flying ball out of the park in the fourth inning to put the Blazers ahead 3-2.
After seven innings, the Blazers managed to pull out a winning score of 5-3.
Chaz Bagwell, was very pleased with how his team played in the three game series.
“I think we did very well, I think we outplayed them, outside of that one inning in the second game,” Bagwell said. “It was a wrap. We’re clearly the better team, and I think we came out and showed it today.”
The Blazers baseball team won two out of the three games this past weekend against the North Alabama Lions, thus proving that they’re still the most dominant team in the conference play.
VSU travels to Carrollton, GA. to face conference rivals West Georgia in a doubleheader this weekend.