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Lady Blazers looking ahead to No. 1 Alabama-Huntsville

Another busy weekend for VSU softball brought familiar results.

 The Blazers played three series against North Alabama, West Alabama and Albany State. VSU swept all three teams while only giving up a total of three runs the entire weekend.
 Coach Thomas Macera’s club moves to 31-6 on the season, heading into a series against No. 1 ranked Alabama-Huntsville, who boasts a 35-1-1 record.

 “We played great ball,” said Macera.  “West Alabama was 9-0 going into that series and had just swept West Florida, so I mean, it was tough on the road.  To beat them at their place like we did, we played well.”

 Once again, it’s tough to focus on one player that stood out for the Blazers over the six-game stretch, but it was Sam Posey that was arguably the catalyst for VSU’s offensive explosion. She was 5-7 in the final series against Albany State with four homers and eleven runs batted in.

 “She hit four homeruns,” said Macera.  “She hit a solo; she hit a 2-run, a 3-run and a grand slam which has never been done.  She’s hitting well and that’s why we’re happy to have her back in the lineup.”

 VSU had two other players recognized for their excellent play. Holly Satterfield won Gulf South Conference Pitcher of the Week and Marti Littlefield won Player of the Week.

 Also connecting on homers was Littlefield with two, Natalia Morozova, Colette Rollins, and Ashley Steinhilber.

 “Anytime you can change the course of the game with one swing of the bat, that makes you dangerous,” said Macera. “That’s part of our game – the ability to hit the ball out.  At any given time, even if we’re down, we have the ability to come back.”

The Blazers will face Alabama-Huntsville tomorrow afternoon, and then finish up the regular season against rival West Georgia.

 “I just want to see us keep hitting,” said Macera.  “We didn’t hit in the earlier part of the year because we weren’t playing enough. We’re playing great defense, we’re pitching well, as long as we continue to swing the bat, it makes us real dangerous to be able to do all three parts of the game as well as we’re playing.”

 VSU was swept earlier in the season by Alabama-Huntsville on the road, but the Blazers were not fully healthy. Since then, the offense has seemingly come together to go along with dominant pitching.

 The key to beating the highly ranked Chargers is simple for Macera.

 “Hit the ball,” said Macera.  “When we played there, I was without Posey and I was without Steinhilber, two of our top hitters. We just need to hit the ball a little bit better this time.”

 VSU is expecting a large student turnout for the games against Alabama-Huntsville.   The fans are being asked to “Pack the Park” to support the softball team.  The first 150 in the entrance will receive VSU sunglasses.

 The game is set to begin on April 22 at 1 p.m.

 “We always have great support here,” said Macera.  “We always have more fans here than we ever see on the road, anywhere. Our fans are way better than anybody else’s. For them to come out here and pack the park on a Friday, it definitely gives you an edge.”

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