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Calhoun leads softball’s hot streak

Photo Illustration: Kayla Stroud/THE SPECTATOR

Written by Lamarcus Wilkerson, Staff Writer

Since the opening of March, VSU softball has found its rhythm and dominated the opposition.

VSU has won nine out of their last 11 games to earn a season record of 23-8-1.

Upon the beginning of Spring Break, the Blazers lost to Shorter twice in a three-game series. The Hawks sent three homers over the wall of Steel’s Diamond at Blazer Park to upend the Blazers in game one. The teams went on to split the next day’s doubleheader to finish the series.

But the rebound was swift for VSU. The Blazers overwhelmed Florida Southern with two 8-0 and 6-1 victories.

The encore was even better. The Blazers then swept the conference rival Union Lady Bulldogs in a three game series. The first two games were 11-0 and 11-3 blowouts before the series concluded with a 6-3 VSU win.

On Tuesday, Caitlyn Calhoun was recognized as the Gulf South Conference Pitcher of the Week for the fourth time this season. Calhoun’s week was highlighted by a no-hitter against Florida Southern on March 15. On the season, VSU’s ace boasts a 1.46 ERA and a 15-4 record.

Calhoun was also recognized as GSC Pitcher of the Week a couple of weeks ago. Infielder Heather Robinson was named Gulf South Conference Player of the Week recently as well.

These were repercussions of the Blazers sweep of the West Alabama Tigers. During that weekend, coach Thomas Macera reached his 500th win via a 9-1 victory on March 9.

VSU is currently tied for fifth in the GSC with an 11-7 conference record. Just a game separates the Blazers from fourth place Shorter. While North Alabama and Delta State’s 16-2 records are unlikely to be reached, VSU is built for tournament play and neither team will want to draw a matchup with the Blazers.

The Blazers next opponent is the Lee Flames in a doubleheader on Friday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The last game will be on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.



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