CARROLLTON, Ga. - Christopher Michals doubled in the final at-bat of the Delta State series, bringing home Tucker Breen with the game-winning run at Cole Field on Saturday afternoon, as the 20th-ranked Wolves picked up another come-from-behind victory with a 10-9 win over the Statesmen.
The day started off in similar fashion to the previous two games this weekend, as the Statesmen jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first two innings of the afternoon. Zack Shannon homered for the third straight game in the series, giving DSU a 2-0 advantage, then Clay Casey homered for the Statesmen in the 2nd as part of a six-run inning to give the Statesmen an 8-0 lead.
Price Peters got things going in the bottom of the second for West Georgia, leading off the inning with a single. Later in the inning, Peters scored the first run of the day for the Wolves on a groundout. In the bottom of the third, the Wolves struck again, as Brian Dansereau, Peters and Hunter Stubbs each had an RBI hit, helping to cut the DSU lead to 8-4.
One of the biggest pieces to the puzzle on Saturday came in the top of the 2nd, as Skip Fite brought in Andres Fernandez to pitch. The junior tossed 7.1 innings, allowing a pair of runs on five hits and striking out six en route to his third victory of the year.
In the bottom of the fourth, a Logan Taylor triple and two other hits powered the Wolves to two more runs, as West Georgia cut the Delta State lead to 8-6 with four innings left to play. That was the final scoring of the game until the bottom of the eighth inning, when a one-out triple from Cade Marlowe set the stage for the next run. Taylor then flied out to left, bringing home Marlowe on the sacrifice fly to make it 8-7.
DSU leadoff man Jason Popovich was the next player to make noise, as he led off the top of the 9th with a home run to give the Statesmen a two-run cushion heading to the bottom of the ninth. Things escalated quickly in the inning, as Dansereau singled to lead off the frame, followed by a two-run homer from Peters to tie the game at 9-9. It was the fourth homer of the year for Peters.
But the Wolves weren't done, as Brady Barnes delivered a two-out single, bringing Michals to the plate. The senior belted a double to the left field corner and Barnes just beat the throw for the game-winner as the crowd erupted.
The Wolves move to 15-5 on the year and 5-4 against Gulf South Conference play while the Statesmen fall to 16-2 on the year and 7-1 in league play. Peters was 7-for-11 for the weekend with four runs scored, two home runs, a double, a triple and five RBI to lead the Wolves. West Georgia will be back in action on Wednesday afternoon, taking on the Columbus State Cougars at Cole Field.