CARROLLTON, Ga. - A true freshman making his first career start highlighted a 10-9 win over Georgia Southwestern for the West Georgia Wolves baseball team on Wednesday night at Cole Field.

Ryan Parker went seven innings, allowing just three hits and one earned run in his first start, striking out six and earning his first collegiate win in the process.

Neither team had any hits until the bottom of the third when the Wolves struck first with a four spot in the frame. Xavier Cruz led off reaching on an error before getting to second on an NJ Williamson sac bunt. After a Ben Utley Single, Cruz came in to score on an Artemis Kadkhodaian single to open the scoring for the Wolves. The next batter, Cade Marlowe sent one over the right field wall for a three-run homer, making it a 4-0 UWG lead.

Georgia Southwestern was able to break through in the hit column in the top of the fourth, but Parker was able to pitch around the one out single.

West Georgia added five runs in the fifth on three hits, highlighted by a bases-loaded, three- RBI triple by Christopher Michals. NJ Williamson and Ben Utley both led off with a walk, before Kadkhodain bunted his way on board. Marlowe then drew a bases-loaded walk for his fourth RBI of the game. Michals then did the damage with the triple to right center, scoring three Wolves. Michals would later score the fifth run of the frame on a Drew Eady sac fly.

The Hurricanes got on the board in the seventh inning, but the Wolves responded with their tenth run of the game in the seventh as Brett Anderson drove in Kadkhodaian on a sac fly.

Georgia Southwestern then added three runs in their half of the eighth as the UWG bullpen had trouble finding the strike zone, as there were four walks and a hit by pitch in the frame.

In the ninth, the Canes added five on five hits and a walk, to cut the lead to one before the Wolves finally finished things out with a strikeout by Mitchell Mannino.

Kadkhodaian was the only UWG player with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Marlowe finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored, the home run and four RBI. Michals was also 1-for-3 with a trio of RBI.

The win moves West Georgia to 5-2 on the season as they enter Gulf South Conference play this weekend, hosting UNA at Cole Field.

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