CARROLLTON, Ga. – For the sixth time in the first 10 games, the West Georgia Wolves scored at least 10 runs, this time blasting Albany State by a 24-5 count at Cole Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Wolves hit five home runs on the afternoon en route to the biggest run output of the season thus far, and moved to 10-0 on the year, extending the best undefeated start in school history.
"We are extremely excited to pick up these two victories this weekend," head coach Skip Fite said. "I know we scored a lot of runs, but this team beat Lee and Valdosta State, two very good teams in our conference, so we are definitely blessed to still be undefeated after the past seven games against quality competition."
Ryan Parker took the hill to open the game for head coach Skip Fite, and Albany State jumped on him early, scoring a run on two hits in the top of the first. But the Wolves’ bats came right back in the bottom of the inning, as Ben Utley got things going with a 1-out single. Cade Marlowe followed with another base knock and Nick Poskey delivered with a triple, scoring both and giving the Wolves a 2-1 lead.
Albany scored another run in the top of the second, but the Wolves weren’t done either, as catcher Lane Griffith led off the bottom of the inning with a walk. Senior Price Peters, in the lineup Sunday as the designated hitter, then belted a two-run homer to left-center, giving the Wolves a two-run lead at 4-2.
In the top of the third, Albany State continued to show fight back, as Riliani Familia homered to lead off the inning for ASU. Parker then closed the door on the inning, and the Wolves came back in the bottom of the inning and blew the doors wide open.
Logan Taylor opened the bottom of the third with a single to the pitcher, then advanced to second on a throwing error. Poskey immediately singled, bringing home Taylor and giving the Wolves a 5-3 lead. Three straight hits later, the Wolves were on the large end of a 7-3 score after RBI singles from both Lane Griffith and Peters.
In the fourth inning, Taylor struck again, belting a solo home run to give the Wolves an 8-3 run, then Albany State came right back to score two in the top of the fifth, cutting the UWG lead to 8-5.
The fifth inning started out with the Wolves loading the bases, then Ben Utley started the rally with a single, scoring Griffith. Cade Marlowe then delivered another single, scoring two and putting West Georgia up by an 11-5 count. The Wolves then added three more runs, taking a commanding 14-5 lead into the sixth inning.
West Georgia then added three more runs in the sixth, as Ben Utley and Marlowe each joined Peters and Taylor in the day’s three-RBI club. Utley had an RBI single, then Marlowe followed by driving in two runs to push the UWG advantage to 17-5.
Head coach Skip Fite opted to limit the amount of time on the mound Sunday for each pitcher, using a “whole-staff” option for the day. Ryan Parker worked three innings as the starter, then was succeeded by Tyler Garner, Wes Bucher, Jacob Lane, Andrew Marshall, and C.J. Fehirbach. The final four pitchers combined to throw four shutout innings, allowing just three hits in the process.
Utley and Taylor each had three hits on the day, with Utley going 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI. Taylor was 3-for-4 with a homer and three runs scored with two RBI. Poskey was 2-for-4 with three RBI and Marlowe added a 2-for-4 afternoon with two runs scored and three RBI. Price Peters was 2-for-3 with a walk, a home run and three RBI.
West Georgia returns to the road this week, taking on Columbus State in a midweek solo game before returning home next weekend for the first Gulf South Conference series of the year. The Wolves will host Mississippi College in that three-game set, beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Fast Fact of the Day: The Wolves have scored 45 runs in the final at-bat of a game, that’s 36.5 percent of the entire run total for the year.