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VU Baseball off to rocky start after three games on road

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. – The Vincennes University Baseball Team’s season-opening, three-game series over the weekend at West Georgia Tech in Douglasville, GA, didn’t go as planned but the Trailblazers were able to knock off some off-season rust.

VU (0-3) was swept by the host Golden Knights as West Georgia Tech put together a late rally in one of Saturday’s doubleheader games and again on Sunday in the series’ final nine-inning contest. The results were 10-9 and 11-6 losses on Opening Day and a 9-4 setback on Sunday.

In Game 1 on Saturday, the Trailblazers outhit West Georgia Tech 12-9 – highlighted by Alex Rojas’ home run and three RBI – but the Golden Knights benefitted from three VU errors and pushed across an extra-inning run to break a 9-9 tie for the win.

VU’s 12-hit attack was also keyed by Jared Lauer’s 3-for-5 day that included two RBI, Brad Hartman’s 3-for-5, one-RBI performance, Jake Carey’s two hits in four at-bats (plus a run driven in) and Drew Johnston’s 1-for-3, two-RBI game at the plate. Hartman had a double in the opener.

In the second game, the Trailblazers matched the hosts with 10 hits but VU only scored in two of seven innings while the Golden Knights scored six times in their final two at-bats to pull away in the late going. Thanks to a four-run second, VU led 6-5 in the fifth inning when West Georgia Tech scored four times, then added two insurance runs in the sixth.

VU’s offensive production in Game 2 was led by Lauer’s pair of RBI and Johnston’s two runs knocked in. Johnston and Lane Dransfield, who also knocked in a run, had doubles for the Trailblazers.

On Sunday, the Golden Knights tied the game at 2-2 with two runs in the bottom of the second inning and pulled ahead 6-2 with four runs in the fifth. After VU closed to within 6-4 in the top of the sixth, West Georgia Tech had a big three-run inning in the bottom half of the frame to close out the scoring at 9-4.

The Trailblazers outhit the Golden Knights 9-6 Sunday.

Dransfield went 2-for-3 with a triple and run batted in, Connor Pierce turned in a 2-for-2 day with a RBI, Matt Volz was 2-for-4 with a double and Hartman drove in two runs with a double.

The Trailblazers will remain on the road as they head to Cleveland State on Feb. 14 and 15 in Cleveland, TN. VU will play a doubleheader the first day of the trip and finish up on Feb. 15 with another nine-inning contest. The season’s home opener will be a two-day visit from Ancilla on Feb. 21 and 22. The Trailblazers will face off with the Chargers in a 1 p.m. doubleheader the first day and then have a nine-inning matchup with Ancilla at 11 a.m. on Feb. 22 (Jerry Blemker Field is located at 1562 Old Terre Haute Road in Vincennes).

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