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Blazers playing balanced baseball

Written by Austin Wells, Staff Writer

The Blazers are playing their best at the right time.

With the season winding down and the conference tournament in sight, VSU is trying to make sure they’re one of the top teams going in.

Coming off the 20-5 blowout win at Georgia Southwestern, the Blazers have won four in a row and looked to continue their hot streak against Mississippi College on the road.

The first of three games took place Saturday night, where the offense continued to roll. After scoring two runs in the fourth inning to tie the game, the Blazers would score four in the sixth, highlighted by a go-ahead two-RBI single by catcher Clint Carr, who had three total RBIs in the game.

Along with the good offense, senior Mitchell Cody provided great pitching as well, going eight innings only allowing three runs and racking up eight strikeouts. Dustin Hersey closed the 6-3 victory for VSU with a perfect ninth, retiring all three batters he faced and striking out two of them.

Following the Saturday victory came a Sunday afternoon doubleheader, and in Game one, clutch offense and great pitching continued to be the theme.

The game was scoreless until the sixth inning, when Cliff Bryant’s homer finally put a run on the board for VSU. After scoring four more runs in the seventh and eighth innings, including a Carr two-run homer. Senior southpaw Kellan Bailey finished the game he started, pitching a complete-game five hit shutout.

With an easy victory in Game one, the Blazers looked to sweep in Game 2, but Mississippi College would give them a lot more trouble in the series finale.

After trailing to the Choctaws by three going into the fifth inning, the Blazers’ offense would explode and score six runs total in the inning, making look like VSU would cruise to the sweep.

However, the Choctaws would score two runs in the bottom of the inning, and then eventually tie the game at six in the seventh inning. Looking like the Blazers’ win streak could come to an end, Chipper Andzel made sure it wouldn’t happen with a go-ahead RBI double in the eighth inning.

Beau Blair would close the game with a perfect ninth and secured the wild 7-6 win and the sweep for VSU.

Now having won seven in a row, the Blazers will look to stay hot this weekend in a home series against Alabama-Huntsville.

 

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