By Karen Allen
VALDOSTA, Ga.—Shorter Baseball fell to Valdosta State on the road Friday afternoon, 10-2, in the first of a three games series with the Gulf South Conference rival.
With the loss the Hawks drop to 10-16 on the season and 5-5 in the GSC. The Blazers improve to 13-11 overall and 3-6 in conference play.
Valdosta State put five runs on the board in the second inning, and that proved to be enough as they held the Hawks to two runs on the day. In the inning, Shorter quickly recorded two outs, but the Blazers were able to take advantage of a Hawk mistake, scoring the first run as the result of a passed ball. Once the first run crossed the plate, Valdosta found its stride, connecting on four consecutive hits; the final blow was a 2-run homer from Matthew Fears. The Blazers added to the lead in the third to go up 6-0, with one run on three hits.
Fears added to his RBI total with a single in the fourth to make it a 7-1 game, and a double in the seventh to give the Blazers the 10-1 lead. He ended the day with four RBI and three hits.
Charlie Gillis scored both runs for Shorter; the first in the fourth inning, when he singled to lead off the inning and crossed the plate when Jesse Gavigan flied out. In the eighth, he led off with a walk and Walker Borneman brought him around with a single.
Russell Crosby started the game for Shorter, but was chased after just 2.0 innings, after giving up two runs on five hits. Brodie Orr entered in relief, allowing one run on three hits with two strike outs. The loss for the Hawks went to David Summerall; who pitched 3.0 innings, yielding seven runs on ten hits while striking out two.
Pete Whittingslow, earned the win for Valdosta State after coming on in relief of starter, Ben Watson, who left the game after 1.2 innings. Whittingslow went 6.0 innings, allowing one run on five hits.
The Hawks will be back in action from Valdosta tomorrow, March 23. Game times are yet to be determined, so check www.goshorterhawks.com for the latest information.