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Hurricanes take 14-2 win over Valdosta State, improve to 5-11

AMERICUS – The Hurricanes baseball team used a pair of six-run innings to roll past No. 23 Valdosta State, 14-2, on March 4 in a non-conference matchup at Hurricane Stadium.

GSW snapped its nine-game losing streak to improve to 5-11 this spring while the Blazers had their five-game winning streak come to an end and dropped to 11-4.

VSU held the lead momentarily with the first run of the game in the fourth inning.

The ‘Canes answered quickly. GSW brought 12 men to the plate in the bottom of the fourth and picked up consecutive RBI singles from Gabe Selochan, Evan Alderman and Brett Burgess before pushing across three more runs to close out the frame up 6-1.

VSU narrowed it to 6-2 with a sacrifice fly from Michael Gouge in the fifth, but Southwestern squashed any thoughts of a VSU comeback in the seventh inning with another 6-run frame. Zach Barron and Dakota Long opened the barrage with back-to-back singles. GSW capitalized on two walks, a Blazers error, a hit batter and another RBI single from Alderman to stretch its lead to 10 runs.

Devyn Newberry knocked in the final two runs for the ‘Canes in the eighth.

Alderman and Burgess led GSW’s 16-hit attack with four hits apiece. Alderman went 4-for-6 with two RBIs, a stolen base and three runs scored. Burgess was 4-for-5, scored twice and had a RBI. Newberry, Barron and Will Redding added two hits apiece. Barron extended his hitting streak to a team-best nine games.

Kevin Cruz was the lone VSU batter to collect multiple hits as he went 2-for-3 and scored a run.

It wasn’t just about the hitting for GSW. Hurricanes starter Coty Graham gave up one unearned run over his four innings of work. Graham held VSU to four hits while striking out five. Dylan Brown (1-0) covered the final five innings, allowing only two hits and one run.

GSW resumes PBC play with Game one of a three-game series against USC Aiken on March 6.