CARROLLTON, Ga. – The West Georgia Wolves avoided a rubber game situation in the three-game series with West Alabama on Saturday afternoon, scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth for a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Tigers on a beautiful afternoon at Cole Field. Then, in the nightcap, the Wolves used another big inning late to sweep the series with a 4-1 victory. 

The Wolves took the non-conference series opener on Thursday afternoon, dominating the Tigers to the tune of a 12-1 victory to move to 5-0 on the year. But on Friday in Game 2 of the series, West Alabama’s bats put West Georgia in an early hole. Things started off looking rough for the Wolves, as West Alabama put three runs on the board in the first two innings.

The Tigers scored on a two-run homer from first baseman Ben Dalke in top of the first, then took a 3-0 lead in the top of the second with an RBI single from Joel Murphy. UWG starter Greyson McLeod settled down at that point, and ended up going seven innings in the contest with nine strikeouts and allowing no runs on three hits over his next five innings.

Andrew Marshall came on in relief in the eighth, working a scoreless inning, and C.J. Fehribach worked a perfect ninth inning to close it out. Marshall picked up the victory, his second of the year and Fehribach picked up his first save at UWG.

The Wolves picked up their first run of the day in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Cade Marlowe led off the inning with a single, then eventually moved to third with one out in the frame. Hunter Stubbs singled to right field, bringing Marlowe home to cut the UWA lead to 3-1.

That was the way it would stay until the bottom of the eighth, when first baseman Logan Taylor led off the inning with a walk. Nick Poskey followed with a single through the left side, then designated hitter Drew Hayles advanced the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. Stubbs then grounded out to short, allowing Taylor to score the second run of the game for the Wolves. 

West Georgia opened the scoring early in the final game of the series, as Cade Marlowe started a one-out rally with a walk with Ben Utley on first, giving the Wolves runners at first and second. Marlowe and Utley advanced to third on a wild pitch, then Utley came home on a sacrifice fly from Logan Taylor to give the Wolves a 1-0 lead.

The Tigers struck in the top of the third, taking advantage of a West Georgia error to tie the game at 1-1. But Nick Poskey ended the threat by throwing out UWA right fielder Austin Moffett trying to take third for the final out of the half-inning.

West Georgia returned the favor in the bottom of the fifth, when Taylor reached on an error with two outs, then moved to second, third, then finally scored on three wild pitches from UWA starter Steffon Moore. The inning continued for the Wolves, as West Georgia loaded the bases before a strikeout ended the threat, but the two teams went to the sixth with UWG leading 2-1. In the bottom of the sixth, the Wolves added a pair of runs to give starter Ryan Parker a three-run cushion heading into the seventh.

In that inning, the Tigers reached on an error, then picked up an infield single before Parker induced a groundout to second to close out the game.

Parker went the distance in the game, allowing a run on four hits with four strikeouts to move to 2-0 on the year. The Wolves are now 7-0 on the season, and will head to Milledgeville on Wednesday to take on the Georgia College Bobcats.

Price Peters then had yet another clutch hit for the Wolves, doubling to right-center to score Poskey and tie the game at 3-3. Fite chose to pinch hit with lefty Logan Arnett, who singled to center on the first pitch for the game-winner. The win was the 900th in the career of head coach Skip Fite. 

West Georgia opened the scoring early in the final game of the series, as Cade Marlowe started a one-out rally with a walk with Ben Utley on first, giving the Wolves runners at first and second. Marlowe and Utley advanced to third on a wild pitch, then Utley came home on a sacrifice fly from Logan Taylor to give the Wolves a 1-0 lead.

The Tigers struck in the top of the third, taking advantage of a West Georgia error to tie the game at 1-1. But Nick Poskey ended the threat by throwing out UWA right fielder Austin Moffett trying to take third for the final out of the half-inning. West Georgia returned the favor in the bottom of the fifth, when Taylor reached on an error with two outs, then moved to second, third, then finally scored on three wild pitches from UWA starter Steffon Moore.

The inning continued for the Wolves, as West Georgia loaded the bases before a strikeout ended the threat, but the two teams went to the sixth with UWG leading 2-1. In the bottom of the sixth, the Wolves added a pair of runs to give starter Ryan Parker a three-run cushion heading into the seventh.

In that inning, the Tigers reached on an error, then picked up an infield single before Parker induced a groundout to second to close out the game. Parker went the distance in the game, allowing a run on four hits with four strikeouts to move to 2-0 on the year.

The Wolves are now 7-0 on the season, and will head to Milledgeville on Wednesday to take on the Georgia College Bobcats.

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