VALDOSTA, Ga. - An eight-run eighth inning by Valdosta State was too much for the Georgia Southwestern baseball team to overcome on Sunday afternoon in a 14-5 loss at Billy Grant Stadium.
GSW's record dips to 1-1 on the season while Valdosta State improves to 2-0.
The Blazers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the first inning. They added a run in the fifth inning, another in the sixth and two more in the seventh before stretching the advantage to 14-1 in the eighth.
Southwestern put together back-to-back singles to open the top half of the eighth inning and sophomore Devyn Newberry eventually came around to score putting the Hurricanes on the board.
GSW senior Matthew Suggs (0-1) took the loss in his 2014 debut. Suggs allowed three runs over 4 2/3 innings. He surrendered six hits, walked two and struck out five. Zac Wittmus came on for 2 1/3 innings of relief. Earl Dupree pitched 2/3 of an inning before Justin Barnes entered to record the final out.
Valdosta State starter Dominic DeMasi did not factor into the decision despite throwing 4 2/3 scoreless innnings and registering four strikeouts. Colby Wisdom (1-0) followed with 2 1/3 innings of relief, allowing a run on two hits. Ethan Bornstein, Mitch King and Matt Moses covered the final two frames.
Bryant Hayman went 4-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and five RBIs to lead the Blazers. Matthew Fears added three hits, including a pair of doubles.
The Hurricanes travel to Auburn Montgomery on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. game.