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Blazers twist up the Hurricanes: Softball takes Georgia Southwestern in doubleheader

Written by Niamani Carlyle-Hollis, Staff Writer

The Lady Blazers softball team keeps things rolling with two major wins against Georgia Southwestern University on April 8.

The double header began with game one starting at 5:00 p.m. The Lady Blazers kicked things off in the bottom of the first inning with a line drive hit on the left side of the field by Heather Robinson recording the first RBI of the night, bringing in Kiley Rusen for the score putting the Lady Blazers up 1-0.

Georgia Southwestern did not back down and were able to put a point of their own up after Lauren Thrasher hit a home run to right field. Both teams battled it out up until the bottom of the third inning. The Lady Blazers caught fire after a big home run hit by Jaime Phillips to left center field sending Haile Imler to home plate and putting the Lady Blazers up 3-1.

Things did not stop there, though. Late in the third inning, Brandy Morgan bunted a pitch that advanced her to second base. Brittany Smith ran in to score and Fran Johnson was able to score after Georgia Southwestern’s third baseman committed a bad throw. Things continued to go downhill from there for GSW. With Morgan on base after stealing third, Jennifer Phillips sent a ball soaring out to center field sending Morgan in for the score and putting the Lady Blazers up 6-1. The two teams continued to battle it out until the top of the seventh inning and the game was called after two GSW batters struck out and Keri Tompkins fouled out to VSU’s third baseman.

In the beginning of the second game things started off close as both teams remained scoreless in the first inning and top half of the second that is until Morgan doubled a hit to left center field and was able to advance to third base after Je. Phillips grounded out to GSW’s shortstop.

After a wild pitch by GSW’s pitcher, Morgan was able to run in to score and put the Lady Blazers up on top 1-0. The Lady Canes were unable to get on base after the Lady Blazers were able to pull off a three-up-three-down inning. With Johnson and Rusen on base in the bottom of the third inning, Robinson sent both ladies in for the score after slamming a double to right center field. Brandi Blount was sent in to pinch run for Robinson and was able to advance to third base after the Lady Cane’s pitcher threw a wild pitch with Morgan up to bat. Morgan was then able to keep things rolling with a single to right field, bringing Blount in for the score.

Things seemed to keep on rolling for the Lady Blazers after Jennifer Phillips got up to bat and hit a double to right center allowing Morgan the chance to score and putting the Lady Blazers up with a big lead 5-0.

It was a series of unfortunate events for the Lady Canes as they were unable to score or get more than two people on base in the top of the fourth inning. For the Lady Blazers however, things continued to run smoothly as Jaime Phillips was first up at bat in the bottom of the fourth and hit a big home run to center field.

The lady Blazers continued to pound on the Lady Canes when four batters later, Morgan chipped in a homerun of her own sending Rusen to the home plate to put VSU up 8-0 inevitably putting the nail in the coffin for the Lady Canes. The game ended after the Lady Blazers picked up their final out of the inning after a ground ball was hit to GSW’s shortstop.

With these two big wins under their belts, the Lady Blazers increased their record to 22-3, while the Lady Canes record dropped to 4-12 on the season.

The Lady Blazers will face the University of Georgia on April 10 with a double header starting at 5:00 p.m. at Steel’s Diamond at Blazer Park.

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