It was Nick Fogarty who stole the show Saturday night.
Pitching a perfect game, he helped lift the VSU Blazers to a 12-0 rout over Paine College in Game 2 of the weekend series.
The senior pitcher had nine strike-outs and zero walks as the lefty recorded only the second perfect game in Blazers history.
“I never thought it would ever happen… I’m speechless,” Nick Fogarty said. “Everybody was there [defensively]. It all fell into the pieces of the puzzle almost.”
Head Coach Greg Guilliams and Fogarty both had confidence in the pitch calling as it proved worthy of perfection status.
“Nick said, ‘Coach, whatever you call, I am going to throw,’” Guilliams said.
Freshman third-baseman Michael Gouge had a diving play at third base line that saved a hit and the very next play VSU catcher Clint Carr made a bobbling catch near foul territory.
Fogarty made history but understands he could not have done it without the rest of his team including teammate first-baseman Jamie McMillan’s five runs batted in Game 2.
“I feed off of other guys,” Fogarty said. “Pete [Whittingslow] went out and threw a great game and I knew I had to come out and pound the strike zone.”
In Game 1of the double header, The Blazers were led on the mound by starting senior pitcher Pete Whittingslow who finished after seven innings pitched and recorded seven strike-outs.
Whittingslow didn’t allow any runs as the Blazers took the first game 6-0 over the Lions.
In the bottom of the third inning of Game 1, Valdosta State’s offense came to life.
The Blazers scored four runs on three hits and with the help of two committed defensive errors by the Lions.
Whittingslow was able to keep the damage to a minimum by picking off two of the four base runners on first base.
The Blazers had some trouble bringing in runs in the other five innings as they left a total of ten runners on base throughout the ball game.
Valdosta State picked up where they left off from the first game.
Fogarty pitched well in the first inning and never let up throughout the game.
The Texarkana College transfer had three strike-outs in the first two innings as the Blazers jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead over the Lions thanks to one of McMillan’s five RBI’s in Game 2.
The offense continued to pop the bats as VSU scored four more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Fogarty had eight strike-outs through five innings while not walking anybody and giving up zero runs.
The Blazers’ offense never cooled off accounting for four runs in bottom of the fourth and five in the bottom of the sixth.
The last perfect game was pitched by Leroy Purdy in 1970.
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