So far, so good.
Valdosta State (2-0) has outscored their opponents 28-8 in the first two games of the season after its 14-5 rout over Georgia Southwestern (1-1) 14-5 Sunday afternoon at Billy Grant Field.
VSU catcher Bryant Hayman got his season rolling after a rough opening night where he went hitless (0-3) with two strikeouts.
Sunday, the junior catcher made up for it with a four-four hitting performance including five runs batted in and a two-run homer in the eighth inning to rally the Blazers.
“It was a pretty bad day for me [yesterday],” Hayman said. “I was just seeing the ball better today and getting my foot down.”
VSU head coach Greg Guilliams knows that Hayman is capable of this kind of stat line every game.
“Baseball is funny… sometimes you’re the bug, sometimes you’re the windshield, and today he was the (windshield),” Guilliams said. “I was really happy [about] the way he came back after yesterday’s ball game.”
Hayman and his teammates jumped on GSW starting pitcher Matthew Suggs early in the game posting two runs to the first four batters before finding rhythm.
“He settled down and made it really tough on us,” Guilliams said. “He was hard to hit, we started getting to him late when he got tired before (GSW took him out).”
The Blazers orchestrated a eight-run rally in the eighth inning that saw eight runs against a struggling Hurricanes bullpen.
Junior starting pitcher Dom DeMasi pitched four 2/3 innings while recording four strikeouts and did not surrender any runs on only three hits.
“Dom had a little trouble with his changeup but overall it was a solid outing,” Guilliams said. “I was very pleased… The pitch limit was between 60-80 [pitches)] and I thought he was getting a little tired. I could have left him out there, but we don’t go to the World Series in February and I have confidence in our bullpen.”
The Blazers next game is on Wed. at Flagler College (3-0).
This was written by Chris Webb and Alex Tostado.