Carrollton, GA - VU baseball split their opening series on the road vs. West Georgia Tech. VU dropped game 1 7 - 6 in 8 innings and won game 2 9 - 6 in 9 innings last Saturday, February 3rd.
West Georgia Tech jumped out to an early 2 - 0 lead on VU in the first 4 innings. The Trailblazers however answered in the top of the 5th scoring their first run of the season. Freshman SS Colton White singled to lead off the inning. Sophomore Catcher Eli Knust (2-3 with 3 rbi) followed White’s single with a single of his own down the right field line allowing Colton to reach 3rd safely and give VU “runners on the corners”. Later in the inning White would score on a passed ball cutting West Georgia Tech’s lead to 2 - 1. The Golden Knights answered back in the bottom of the 5th inning with 3 runs of their own.
In the top of the 6th the Trailblazers pushed across 4 runs. Freshman 3B Walker Paris (2-4 with a run scored) lead off with a single, fellow freshman Trent Terwilliger (0-2, 2 BB, run scored) walked, putting runners at 1st and 2nd. Sophomore DH Jonathan Blackwell successfully sacrificed bunted to move runners to 2nd and 3rd. Sophomore 1B Garrett Camp (2-3, 1 rbi) singled allowing Paris to score and putting runners at 1st and 3rd. Bricem Thompson came in to pinch run for Camp at first. Eli Knust doubled down the LF line scoring Terwilliger and Thompson. Sophomore PH Jacob Harden (1-1, 2B, rbi) hit a double over the right fielder’s head scoring Knust. Tying the game at 5 all. This sent the game into extra innings as neither team was able to score during the 7th inning.
In the top of the 8th with 2 outs Knust walked. Freshman CF Tyler Estes (1-1, 2B, rbi) doubled down the LF line scoring Knust from 1st and putting the Trailblazers ahead 6 - 5. In the bottom of the 8th inning freshman RHP Isaiah Davis (FB 81-83, BB 67-71, CH 71-74) (1 IP, 2 runs, 2 ER, 0 hits, 3 BB, 1 K) allowed 3 walks to load the bases. Freshman RHP Luke Lancaster (FB 74) (0 IP, 1 hit) came in, in relief and allowed a ground ball single that scored 2 runs and ended the game.
Sophomore RHP Jonathan Blackwell (FB 84-87, BB 69-72, CH 75) started the game pitching 2.2 innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, walking 3 and striking out 4. Freshman RHP Chase Gross (FB 83-86, BB 68-72, CH 74-77) pitched 3.1 innings allowing 3 runs on 1 hit, walked 4 and struck out 1.
In game 2 West Georgia Tech jumped out another early lead with 2 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning and tacked on another run in the bottom of the 6th, making the score 3-0. Georgia’s pitcher Caleb Dixon did a great job of mixing pitches for 6 innings keeping the Vincennes hitters at bay.
In the top of the 7th freshman RF Will Randell (1-4, 2 runs scored) lead off with a single. Sophomore 3B Jake Bedwell (1-3, 2B, run scored, 3 RBI, BB, HBP) was hit by a pitch. Sophomore PH Jonathan Blackwell (BB) was walked to load the bases. Freshman 2B Isaiah Davis (2-5, 2B, run scored, BB, SB) was hit by pitch to score Randell. After a pitching change freshman Colton White (0-2, BB, RBI, run scored) came on to pinch hit and was walked scoring Bedwell. DH Walker Paris (0-4, BB, RBI, run scored) was walked allowing Blackwell to score. With 1 out and bases still loaded freshman CF Tyler Estes hit a ground ball to the SS who committed a throwing error that allowed Davis and White to score. Sophomore Eli Knust (1-2, RBI) came on the pinch hit and had an RBI single scoring Paris. This rally gave Vincennes the lead 6-3 going in to the bottom of the 7th.
In the bottom of the 7th inning an error by 3B Jake Bedwell allowed the lead off runner to reach first base. Back-to-back singles chased reliever sophomore LHP Devan Franz (FB 83-87, BB 66-69, CH 74) (3 IP, 4 runs, 2 ER, 5 hits, 1 BB, 3 K) from the game. Freshman RHP Logan Hollingsworth (FB 74-76) came in to retire the first hitter he faced on a ground ball. Sophomore LHP Noah Phipps (FB 73-75, BB 66) (allowed 1 hit) came on in relief and allowed a 2-run ground ball single that tied the game at 6-6, sending the game into extra innings.
Freshman RHP Jacob Cochrum (FB 81-85, BB 66-68, CH 65-68) (2.2 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 BB, 2 K), came on in relief and after walking the hitter he faced retired 8 consecutive hitters pitching 2.2 innings and earning the win (1-0).
In the top of the 9th inning sophomore 1B Chad Meyer hit a lead-off single, freshman Chase Gross then replaced him as a pinch runner. Tyler Estes walked to put runners at 1st and 2nd. Gross and Estes stole second and third base. Will Randell walked to load the bases. Jake Bedwell hit a double into right field that cleared the bases, which gave the Trailblazers the lead and the eventual win 9 – 6.
On the mound freshman RHP Walker Paris (FB 79-83, BB 66-69, CH 74) started the game and pitched 3.1 innings allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and 5 walks.
Game three that was scheduled for Sunday February 4th vs. West Georgia Tech was cancelled due to rain and will not be made up. Vincennes University (1-1) is scheduled to play Motlow State College (0-1) in a three-game series starting with two games Saturday, February 10th and one game Sunday, February 11th. First pitch will be at 1 p.m. eastern in Lynchburg, TN both days.