CARROLLTON, Ga. - Tucker Breen capped a massive 8th-inning comeback in Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader, delivering a walkoff single into left-center to propel the West Georgia Wolves to a 5-4 victory over the Valdosta State Blazers. The win was crucial for the Wolves, who lost Game 1 Friday at Cole Field, also in dramatic fashion, 5-3 to the Blazers.
Starting pitching was the name of the game on Friday afternoon in Carrollton, as Game 1 starter Ryan Parker and Game 2 starter Andres Fernandez combined to pitch 14 innings with 13 strikeouts and just five walks, scattering 17 hits through the 14 innings of work. Parker allowed a single run in his start, and Fernandez allowed one run in regulation, then gave up three in the eighth.
in the opener, Parker and Valdosta State starter Hunter Jones held both teams hitless through the first two innings. Senior right fielder Christopher Michals ended Jones' no-hit bid in the bottom of the third with a solo home run, the fourth homer of the season for Michals. Parker continued his no-hitter into the fourth, allowing a single in that inning to break up the bid.
The Wolves added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth, as Breen led off the inning with a single. Two batters later, Brian Dansereau reached on an error, followed by a Ben Utley walk.to load the bases. Junior center fielder Cade Marlowe then singled down the left field line, scoring Breen and Dansereau to give West Georgia a commanding 3-0 advantage.
That would do it for the scoring from West Georgia in the game, however, as Valdosta State scored five unanswered runs in the final four innings of the contest, including three in the top of the 9th, to take the game.
The second game started with Fernandez striking out three Blazers in the first two innings, sitting Valdosta State down in order heading into the bottom of the second. Nick Poskey delivered an infield single with Price Peters at third in that inning, giving the Wolves a 1-0 lead early in the contest. Valdosta State picked up their first hit in the top of the third, but Fernandez was rolling at that point, striking out two more in that inning.
The Blazers tied the game in the top of the fourth, and that was where it would stay until the top of the 8th inning, when Valdosta State put three runs on the board to take a solid 4-1 lead into the bottom of the inning.
Dansereau led off the eighth for the Wolves with a single, then moved to second on a groundout. Marlowe doubled, scoring Dansereau and pulling the Wolves to within two at 4-2. Peters delivered an infield single, moving Marlowe to third, followed by a single from Joseph Hill to score Marlowe and make it 4-3. Two batters later, Logan Taylor singled to right field in a pinch hit situation, scoring Peters to tie the game at 4-4 with two outs. Breen stepped to the plate and blasted the first pitch into left-center, sending the Wolves and the UWG fans into celebration.
Peters and Hill were each 2-for-4 in Game 2, but Tucker Breen was 4-for-4 in the game to lead the Wolves at the plate. Fernandez picked up his fourth victory of the year, going the distance and allowing four runs on seven hits with 11 strikeouts and three walks.
The Wolves move to 23-16 on the year and 10-13 in Gulf South Conference play while the Blazers fall to 14-23 and 8-14 against conference opponents. The same two teams will play the rubber game tomorrow, with first pitch schedule for 1 p.m. at Cole Field.