Written by Austin Wells, Staff Writer
After getting swept by West Georgia in their last series, the VSU Blazer baseball team looked to bounce back against another conference rival in Delta State University.
The series started last Saturday with Game 1 of an afternoon doubleheader, where the Blazers couldn’t get back in the win column. VSU would get out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to a home run from first baseman Jaykob Graham, but the Statesmen used a five-run sixth inning to propel them to the lead, including the go-ahead homer from Ethan Gill.
Delta State would win by a score of 7-2. Starting pitcher Dalton Moats would pick up the win and the complete game for the Statesmen, striking out seven Blazers along the way.
VSU’s bad luck continued in Game 2. After three two-run innings in a row, Delta State saw themselves with a 6-0 lead going into the fifth inning, which proved to be too much of a deficit for the Blazers and would lose their fifth game in a row 7-4.
The final game of the series took place Sunday afternoon, and with it came an exciting back and forth matchup. After Delta State jumped out to a 3-0 lead, VSU would respond in the sixth inning with a three-run home run from third baseman Marcus Sigmon and an RBI single from left fielder Ryan Smith, giving the Blazers a 4-3 lead.
VSU would quickly lose the lead, however, after Delta State tied the score in the bottom of the inning and then took the lead in the seventh inning on a home run from Ben Pickard. The Blazers and Statesmen would both score in the eighth and ninth innings to eventually lead to a 7-7 tie at the end of regulation, forcing extra innings.
In the 10th, shortstop Ryan Slaughter would hit the go-ahead RBI single, scoring catcher Clint Carr. Troy Massaro got the final two outs in the bottom of the inning with two strikeouts and secured the much-needed victory for the Blazers.
Now back in the win column, VSU will look to finish strong in their regular season finale on the road this weekend against the North Alabama Lions.