CLEVELAND, Miss. - The bats were alive in a big way on the Mississippi Delta on Monday as West Georgia slugged three homeruns en route to a 14-4, run-rule victory over the 18th-ranked Delta State Statesmen earning a Gulf South Conference series win.

Ben Utley had a great game, going 4-for-4 with two of West Georgia's homeruns and five RBI on the day. Ryan Raper had the other homerun for the Wolves, an eighth inning grand slam. Raper finished 2-for-4 with six RBI.

Greyson McLeod got the start for the Wolves and pitched six innings giving up six hits and a total of four runs with two being earned. McLeod earned the win for the Wolves, moving to 2-2 on the season, with two strikeouts on the day.

Delta State got on the board first with a run in the second inning as Zach Shannon led off with a double before coming into score on a groundout.

In the third, however, West Georgia responded in a big way with singles by Drew Eady and Chris Michals before Ben Utley did the damage with a three-run homerun on the first pitch to put West Georgia on top.

It was Utley again using the long ball to push two more across as the junior belted his second homer of the game and third of the season in the fifth inning to make it a 6-1, UWG lead. Artemis Kadkhodaian followed up Utley's homer with a single, then stole second and scored on an RBI single by Logan Arnett.

The Statesmen got a run back in the sixth, cutting the lead to 6-2, but the Wolves responded with a three spot in the top of the seventh as Ben Utley picked up his fourth hit of the game to lead off the frame and came around to score on a Bradley Felkel single. Ryan Raper then ripped a double to center field that would score Felkel and Arnett.

DSU came back with two runs on four hits and an error in the bottom half of the seventh, making it a 9-4 game.

Arnett would draw a bases loaded walk in the eighth to get a run back before Ryan Raper added another big blow for the Wolves with a grand slam home run to right field, his first homer of the year, to stretch the lead to double digits in the eighth.

Price Peters also chipped in with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate as did Logan Arnett who finished with a pair of RBI.

The Wolves improve to 10-11 on the year and 4-8 in Gulf South Conference play, while DSU moves to 14-7 overall and 7-5 in league play.

West Georgia is set to host North Georgia in midweek action at 5 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon at Cole Field.
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