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‘Like a Dream’: Aaron and softball

As the softball season continues, all eyes are on Dream Aaron. The 5’ll power-hitter hails from Chicago, Illinois and has kicked off her first semester at VSU as a stellar softball player. Apart from her statuesque frame, the first thing that stands out about Aaron is her unique name. “It was always my mom’s dream to have a girl as ...

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Bomb Squad: Softball’s Fascination for the Fences

With the talents of Kasie Johnson, Caylie Van Auken, Giovanna Watts, and Avery Lamb, the pitching staff receives a lot of praise, as they should. But after Valdosta State’s double header against Eckerd and witnessing Haley Garrett’s walk-off homerun in the bottom of the 7th inning, this ball club made it known that they should also be feared when stepping ...

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No. 9 Lady Blazers still a work in progress

Mississippi College got the best of the Lady Blazers softball team as VSU took back-to-back losses for the first time this season. The Lady Blazers were rolling through the season with a 16-3 record before meeting MC. At 16-5, VSU dropped from No. 5 to No. 9 in the nation. Now, a sense of perseverance is radiating through the ball ...

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Van Auken making a name at VSU

Caylie Van Auken has never liked finishing second. Whether it’s the two mile jog the pitchers make at the beginning of each practice or taking the mound against the lead-off hitter, she has maintained one goal: domination. “I’m a competitive person,” Van Auken, a sophomore, said. “I always want to win and be the best no matter what I’m doing. ...

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Lady Blazers will have to wait for the Hurricanes

The VSU Lady Blazers will play the Georgia Southwestern Hurricanes in a doubleheader on March 28. The game was moved from Feb. 19 due to overnight rain in Americus, Georgia. The change was announced Tuesday morning, leaving the Lady Blazers with sights set to play a doubleheader versus Flager on Feb. 27. Coming into the series 10-2, the Lady Blazers ...

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Van Auken shines, Lady Blazers prevail versus Lee

The Lady Blazers are coming home from a road test, winning two of three in a weekend series against Lee University to open Gulf South Conference play. They won the first game on Feb. 15 9-1, then split the double header on Feb.16 by scores of 4-8 and winning 7-1. This improves the team’s overall record to 10-2 on the ...

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Van Auken wins two weekly pitching awards

Fast-pitching may be the Blazers best asset. At the start of the season, VSU sophomore pitcher Caylie Van Auken sparked a blazing-hot trail for the softball team when she received the titles Gulf South Conference Pitcher of the Week and Fastpitch News National Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 12.   This is Van Auken’s first GSC weekly honor. Senior ...

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Looking at Softball’s hot start to 2019

Before the VSU Lady Blazers could shutout all the competition in the NFCA Leadoff Classic, Tampa University stole a 2-1 victory, snapping VSU’s eight-game win streak. Despite the reality check, VSU shutout the other four teams it faced in the tournament, three of which were ranked in the Top 25. The Blazers finished 4-1 on the week and are now ...

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Lady Blazers bend the early learning curve

Just four games into the season, VSU’s Lady Blazers softball team has already scored 25 runs and has maintained an unblemished record throughout. The season opened on Feb. 2 with the Gulf Shores Invitational in Alabama. VSU entered the year with 13 new players and just seven returning. This is the first time head coach Thomas Macera has been in ...

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Blazer Softball picked second in conference preseason poll

VSU softball will open the 2019 season at No. 2 in the Gulf South Conference. The selection was announced Thursday by the league office. All GSC head coaches voted on the preseason poll, with teams receiving 12 points for first-place votes, 11 for second-place votes, etc.  They were not allowed to vote for their own teams. Below is the full list: ...

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