Written By: Chris Webb
No. 21 Valdosta State (9-0) brought out the brooms again today as they swept Shorter (1-9) Sunday afternoon.
After getting out to an early 5-0 lead, VSU never looked back to rout its conference foe 11-0.
VSU outscored SU 24-1 during the three-game weekend series that included two games ending by the mercy rule.
Reigning Gulf South Conference Player of the Week shortstop Mike Reed led the way for the Blazers. Reed continued his hot hitting going 2-3 at the plate with 3 runs batted in, 2 stolen bases and 2 runs scored on the day.
“I’m just trying to move runners over, it just happens I’ve been finding some holes recently,” Reed said.
He also credits the hot start of all conference teammates Matthew Fears and Bryant Hayman whom he is batting in-between in the lineup.
“They have to give me good pitches hitting in between those guys, they can do a lot more damage than I can,” Reed said.
Reed finished the week going 9-13 at the plate with six RBIs, five stolen bases and scoring six runs as well, enough damage that might see him repeat as GSC Player of the Week.
Pitching was solid all weekend for VSU allowing only one run on 11 hits over their last 21 innings.
“Our pitchers made big pitches when they needed to” VSU head coach Greg Guilliams said about his staff’s effort over the weekend. “There are always stretches in games when you have to work through jams and we are able to do that”
Junior lefty Jarod Stanley continued the solid starting pitching for the Blazers going five scoreless innings allowing five hits while striking out three batters.
“Those were the most innings Jarod has thrown this year, we are hoping to build his pitch count up a little bit where he will be able to go a little longer, but overall he threw well today.” Guilliams’ said after Stanley’s first start.
In relief Colby Wisdom, through 2 innings of no hit ball and looked really impressive out of the bullpen yet again for VSU.
To match the pitching and hitting VSU’s gloves were on point as well, committing just one error over the weekend.
This article was written by Chris Webb.
With VSU clicking in all three aspects of the game it’s clear to see why they are off to their best start since 1978 (when VSU records started being kept).
“I think our defense is going to be the strength of our club, and we played good defense again today.”