CARROLLTON, Ga. - The West Georgia Wolves opened the 2018 Gulf South Conference season on Friday afternoon with a loss to the Mississippi College Choctaws, falling 7-3 at Cole Field.
Mississippi College picked up a pair of runs in the top of the second inning, with the runs coming off of three hits and taking advantage of a West Georgia error to take a 2-0 lead early in the game. The Wolves responded in the bottom of the second when a Brian Dansereau single drove in Hunter Stubbs to pull the Wolves to within one at 2-1.
After UWG starting pitcher Ryan Parker kept the Choctaws off the scoreboard in the top of the third, the Wolves tied the contest with a home run from Christopher Michals. That would tie the game at 2-2, but that would be the final run for the Wolves until the bottom of the 9th inning.
In the meantime, the Choctaws scored three runs in the top of the fifth and two more in the seventh to take a 7-2 lead in the game. In the ninth, Cade Marlowe singled with Price Peters on third to close out the scoring in the contest.
C.J. Fehribach and Connor Stephenson worked the final 4.1 innings of the game in relief of Parker, allowing one earned run on two hits. Marlowe, Dansereau and Peters each had two hits in the game to lead the Wolves on the offensive end.
The Wolves fall to 10-2 on the season and 0-1 in Gulf South Conference play, while Mississippi College moves to 9-1 on the year and 1-0 against GSC opponents. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, with the first pitch set for 12:00 p.m. from Cole Field.