March 17, 2009

Valdosta State Too Much for Saints, Win 11-2

Box Score

DAHLONEGA, GA – Valdosta State University scored 11 runs on as many hits as the Blazers took down North Georgia 11-2 Tuesday afternoon at Bob Stein Stadium in non-conference action.

North Georgia falls to 15-12 on the season, while Valdosta State improves to 21-9 on the year.

After the Blazers put the first run on the board in the second inning, the Saints came right back and tied the game on a two-out Adam Baker double to deep center, scoring Brad Hall and making it 1-1.

Valdosta State could do little wrong in their half of the fourth inning, sending 13 batters to the plate and putting seven hits together to score eight runs. Sho Kohata singled home the first run of the inning, while Jon Koenigsfeld, Brandon Decker, and Matt Costello each drove in a pair of runs in the frame. The Saints handed the Blazers another run in the fifth inning with a bases loaded walk to make it 10-1.

North Georgia came back with a single run in the sixth inning as Hall delivered his fourth home run of the year to make it 10-2.

Valdosta State added one more run in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly as the Blazers pulled out the 11-2 victory.

Blake Hobby (2-2) suffered the loss in 3.1 innings of work, allowing eight runs on four hits, while Thomas Tripp (2-0) picked up the win in relief, tossing 3.0 innings and allowing two hits and one earned run.

North Georgia will host Valdosta State again tomorrow afternoon with first pitch set for 3:00 p.m.