CARROLLTON, Ga. - It was a great start to the 2017 UWG baseball season as the Wolves downed the Augusta Jaguars by a score of 6-1 in an opening day win at Cole Field.

Pitching was key for the Wolves as a combination of Greyson McLeod and Dalton Reagin held the Jaguars to five hits and only one run over nine innings. It was McLeod's first start at West Georgia and from the first pitch the junior transfer was in command.

"My curveball felt really good today and I was able to get out in front of hitters. It really helped me set up my fastball," said Mcleod. "I wanted to be able to stay in as long as I could. I had a good defense behind me and some timely hitting that led to the win," added Mcleod.

The Wolves were able to generate some early offense by capitalizing on a hit and run by Ben Utley that scored Drew Eady. "We were aggressive early and it helped generate some energy for our guys," said head Coach Skip Fite. A Cade Marlowe single drove in Utley to give UWG a 2-0 lead.

Augusta added a run in the second to cut West Georgia's lead to 2-1. That was the end of the scoring until UWG added two runs in the seventh on a two RBI single by Price Peters. The final two runs scored by the Wolves came on a groundout by Drew Eady and an error by Augusta.

Utley finished the game 3-5 with two RBI and really provided a spark at the top of the lineup. "Ben is really just a winner," said Coach Fite. "He knows how to battle and we are glad he is here at West Georgia, " added Fite.

Greyson McLeod moved to 1-0 on the year as he gave surrendered only three hits and an unearned run over six innings. He struck out six batters and gave up no walks on the day. Dalton Reagin picked up the save pitching three scoreless innings while striking out four.

Game two of the series is set for tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. EST at Cole Field. Live stats will be available at Updates will also be available via @UWGAthletics on Twitter and at West Georgia Wolves on Facebook.