CARROLLTON, Ga. – The West Georgia Wolves won their second straight Gulf South Conference game with Wes Bucher on the mound, as the Wolves dominated the Christian Brothers Buccaneers on Saturday afternoon, winning 17-2 at USA Stadium in Millington, Tenn.
The Wolves struggled at the plate last week, but those struggles were nowhere to be found in Tennessee on Saturday, as West Georgia pounded out 18 hits en route to a lopsided GSC victory on the road.
Head coach Skip Fite gave the opening game ball of the series to Bucher, who allowed nothing in the first. West Georgia took until the top of the second to get on the board. In that inning, Junior left fielder Nick Poskey led off the inning with a home run and the hit parade began. Later in the inning, Tucker Breen delivered a two-run single, giving the Wolves a 3-0 lead early in the game.
That was all that Bucher would need, as the only hit the junior hurler would give up would be an infield single to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning. Bucher’s line on the day was solid, as he allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings of work, striking out seven Bucs. Until allowing two runs in the seventh inning on Saturday, Bucher had gone 14 innings without allowing a run.
In the fifth inning, the Wolves picked up two more runs, as Christopher Michals and Brian Dansereau reached base in two-straight at-bats to open the inning. Later in the frame, Logan Taylor belted a double, scoring both Dansereau and Michals for a 5-0 lead. In the sixth, the lead reached 7-0 when Michals homered with a runner on and the Wolves were cruising.
In the top of the 7th, Cade Marlowe was hit by a pitch to open the inning, then came around to score later in the frame on a sacrifice fly from Poskey. Breen then doubled with two on, driving in both to give the Wolves a commanding 10-0 advantage. In the bottom of the inning, the Bucs pushed the game to the eighth by plating a pair of runs, setting up a big inning for the Wolves in the eighth.
In the eighth, Logan Taylor got the rally started with a two-out walk, which opened up a string of free passes, as the Wolves loaded the bases with a hit batsman, followed by another walk. Gabe Wurtz brought home the 11th run of the game for UWG with a single and the Wolves were off and running. West Georgia then delivered on hits in five-straight at-bats, including two doubles, plating six more runs and giving UWG a commanding 17-2 lead.
Andy Marshall came on in the top of the 8th in relief of Bucher, allowing one baserunner on an infield single and closing out the game for the Wolves.
Every starter had a hit in the game for West Georgia, as the Wolves pounded out 18 hits on the day, and only two players had just one in the contest. Breen had a career day, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBI to lead the UWG offensive. Michals was 2-for-6 in the leadoff spot with three runs scored and three RBI, belting a double and a home run in the contest.
West Georgia moves to 12-3 on the year with the victory and 2-2 in Gulf South Conference action. The Wolves and Bucs will play a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for noon.