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Blazers offense unplugs Chargers

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Written by Austin Wells, Staff Writer

The Atlanta Braves may not have had the best weekend, but the VSU Blazers made up for it with a tide-turning series win.

With seven wins in a row, the team was hot going into this weekend’s huge Gulf South Conference matchup against the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers.

The first game of a doubleheader took place Saturday afternoon, and with it came pitcher Wilson Adams and Alabama-Huntsville bringing the Blazers’ win streak to a screeching halt.

Despite a solid start from VSU’s Mitchell Cody, who gave up three runs and pitched into the eighth, the offense was shut down by UAH’s Adams, who registered 10 strikeouts in 7.2 innings. The only run for the Blazers came in the eighth via an RBI single from first baseman Tyler York.

Despite the quiet first game, the Blazers’ offense more than bounced back in game two; VSU scored 14 runs in the victory. The Blazers had a four-run third and five-run sixth that carried them. Eight players had at least one RBI in the game. Junior pitcher Roman Donofro picked up the win in relief, pitching 4.2 innings with six strikeouts and no walks.

The finale took place early Sunday afternoon, and it turned out to be a high-scoring affair.  The Blazers jumped out to an early 5-2 lead in the third inning and didn’t look back, winning 11-9 while stopping Chargers’ rallies in the sixth and ninth innings. Second baseman Chipper Andzel collected three hits along with three RBIs for VSU, and shortstop Ryan Slaughter hit a pair of two-run doubles to lead the Blazers with four RBIs.

With the two wins, the Blazers were able to move ahead of Alabama-Huntsville in the GSC standings. Now having won nine of their last 10 games, VSU will try to continue their hot streak on the road this weekend against bitter rival West Georgia.

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