Courtesy of VSU athletics:
SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - After being down for most of the game, Valdosta State, led by Stephanie Carlson beat Arkansas Tech, 5-3, to claim the team's second Gulf South Conference Championship, first under Head Coach Thomas Macera.
Carlson hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning to bring VSU back from a 3-1 deficit. Becca Aszman topped it off with another home run immediately after to make the final score, 5-3. Carlson was two for three with three runs batted in and one run scored. She was easily the most valuable player throughout the entire tournament for VSU. She hit .600 on the weekend which was also her on base percentage. She did it without any errors in the field and tallied seven RBIs and three homers with a 1.500 slugging percentage.
April Hutchens joined Azman and Carlson with a home run to start the Lady Blazers in the fifth inning. Her solo shot made it 3-1, but the Lady Blazers finished it off in the sixth.
Arkansas Tech scored in the fourth inning with a solo home run from the team leader, Tiphani Moon. In the fifth inning, thanks to Lady Blazer errors, Arkansas Tech scored two more runs. When Valdosta State put in Brianna Collis though, the Golden Suns had no answer.
On their run through the Gulf South Conference tournament, the Lady Blazers went through both Gulf South Pitchers of the Year in Jillian Lafrance from West Florida and Casey Hammons from ATU. After going through the lineup two times against both pitchers, VSU reminded everyone of the power in the lineup with late rallies.
The Lady Blazers will move on to be one of two hosts of the NCAA South Regional Tournament next weekend. It will start Friday and be concluded on Sunday.
Rain in the Millington, TN area has delayed the start of the 2009 Gulf South Conference Baseball Tournament.
The tournament was to begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning, but the day's play was cancelled by the rain. The tournament will now begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, with Valdosta State playing at 8:15 p.m. on Sunday evening.