Slover puts on power display with 2 homers, double, 5 RBI but VU drops last game, 11-10, at West Georgia Tech - Athletics

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Slover puts on power display with 2 homers, double, 5 RBI but VU drops last game, 11-10, at West Georgia Tech

CARROLLTON, Ga. – Vincennes University sophomore Austin Slover put on a power display Sunday as part of the Trailblazers’ slugfest in the rubber game of a season-opening series at West Georgia Tech in Carrollton, GA.

Slover, the VU catcher, hit two home runs and doubled to drive in five runs. But VU came up short, dropping the third game of the weekend, 11-10, to the host Golden Knights. The Trailblazers (1-2) had split a doubleheader with West Georgia Tech on Saturday. VU won Game 1, 8-2, before the Golden Knights claimed the second game Saturday by a score of 4-1.

On Sunday, Slover’s shots helped VU lead by scores of 3-0, 7-4 and 10-7 throughout the game but West Georgia Tech rallied with a run in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh to overtake the Trailblazers. The initial 3-0 advantage came in the first when Slover blasted a pitch with two outs to center after sophomore Jared Lauer had led off with a hit and sophomore Lane Dransfield had walked.

West Georgia Tech manufactured three runs of its own in the bottom half of the first inning to tie it back up.

The score remained tied 3-3 until the fourth inning, when the Trailblazers and Golden Knights created another tie at 7-7 when both teams plated four runs each. In that frame, with a runner on, Slover unloaded another blast that traveled over the wall in right field and VU led 5-3. A single and an error put Trailblazer runners at first and third again, still with none out. Freshman Harold Wolfe singled home a run to make it 6-3. Two batters later, VU scored again on an RBI groundout to increase the lead to 7-3. But West Georgia Tech came back yet again and knotted it up with a single, a double, another single and a pair of two-out VU errors. The home team tied it up at 7-7 with two bases-loaded walks.

VU grabbed its third lead at 8-7 in the fifth inning on a sac fly. The Trailblazers added on in the sixth with the help of two West Georgia Tech errors and a passed ball. When the dust cleared, VU was enjoying a 10-7 lead heading to the bottom of the sixth.

But it was more of the same, as the Golden Knights again went to work and didn’t let up this time until they had the lead for good. West Georgia Tech scored a run with no hits in the bottom of the sixth inning, thanks to a base on balls and two wild pitches before a run-scoring groundout. The Golden Knights took the lead in the bottom of the seventh when the leadoff hitter that inning was hit by a pitch. The next hitter walked and the bases were then loaded when the inning’s third hitter bunted for a hit.

West Georgia Tech took its first lead in the bottom of the seventh. After a sacrifice fly pulled the Golden Knights to within a run at 10-9, the home team pulled off a double-steal to put runners at second and third with only one out. The next hitter scored both with a single to put West Georgia Tech up 11-10.

From there, the West Georgia Tech bullpen closed it out.

VU is scheduled to continue its early-season road action when the Trailblazers head to Roane State in Harriman, TN, for a doubleheader on Feb. 13, followed by a third game with the Raiders on Feb. 14. On Feb. 19, VU will visit Tennessee yet again with a nine-inning contest vs. Motlow State in Tullahoma, TN. A day later, on Feb. 20, the schedule calls for a twinbill at Cleveland State in Cleveland, TN. VU will close out the trip with a game on Feb. 21 at Cleveland State.

The Trailblazers’ home opener is set for Feb. 23 with a 3 p.m. game vs. Olney Central. VU will remain at home for a Feb. 26 game vs. Ancilla and a doubleheader the next day, on Feb. 27 vs. the Chargers.

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