PENSACOLA, Fla. — Valdosta State swept Nova Southeastern 6-1, 9-2, behind the big bats of Courtney Albritton, Ashley Steinhilber and Natalia Morozova to move to 3-1 early in the season.
In the first game it was a freshman that jumped the game off for VSU. Freshman center fielder Albritton led off with a triple to left center. Morgan Johnson starting day two the way she ended day one, brought in the run with a single.
Wamsley was two for five with three runs scored, two RBIs and a home run.
From there, game one was quiet until the fifth inning. Albritton homered to left field for a 2-0 lead. In the sixth inning Morozova singled with a bunt. Then she came in on a Clare Wamsley home run to left center to push the lead to 4-0.
Nova Southeastern was able to answer with one run in the bottom of the inning. Valdosta State continued to pour it on in the seventh starting with a double from Albritton to complete a perfect four for four performance in the first game. Marti Littlefield reached on a walk next and both Blazers scored on a single up the middle from Morozova to complete the 6-1 victory.
Alanna Hadley went the full seven innings and only allowed three hits and no earned runs. She did not walk a single player and struck out two.
The Blazers kept the fire going with two runs in the bottom of the first inning of game. Johnson reached on a walk, stole a base and went to third on a wild pitch. Steinhilber doubled next to score Johnson and then scored herself on a Morozova single up the middle for the early 2-0 lead.
In the top of the third, Nova Southeastern was able to put a run on the board and did it again in the top of the fourth. In the bottom of the fourth, VSU answered with two more runs to claim a 4-2 lead.
Wamsley singled and moved to second and third on two consecutive outs. With two down, Erika Trojan singled to right field to plate Wamsley, then scored on a double from Albritton.
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After a scoreless fifth inning, Valdosta State exploded for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Wamsley started the inning with a walk, stole a base and advance to third on a wild pitch. Abigayle Kohler did the same thing next with a walk and a stolen base.
April Hutchens hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Wamsley and Kohler scored on a throwing error at second base. Next up, Trojan and Albritton both singled to put runners on first and second. Johnson sacrificed to move both runners and Littlefield followed with a single to score Sarah Vaughn, running for Trojan.
Steinhilber notched her second and third runs batted in with a single up the middle. The 9-2 deficit was too much for Nova Southeastern to overcome in the bottom of the seventh inning.