CARROLLTON, Ga. – After a sluggish day at the plate on Friday, the West Georgia Wolves came out firing on all cylinders on Saturday, as the Wolves evened the series at 1-1 with a dominating 8-3 victory over the Montevallo Falcons at Cole Field in the opening game of Saturday's doubleheader. In the nightcap, the Falcons rebounded, using a pair of big innings to hand the Wolves a 13-0 loss.
After starting pitcher Greyson McLeod allowed nothing in the top of the first, Brady Barnes led off the game for the Wolves with a walk. Barnes wasn’t on the basepaths long, as Brian Dansereau followed with a double, scoring Barnes for a 1-0 lead.
Dansereau came around to score later in the inning on a wild pitch, then Christopher Michals singled to score Price Peters and give the Wolves a 3-0 advantage. Montevallo broke the scoreless streak in the top of the 2nd with a solo home run to make it 3-1. McLeod shut the door after that, keeping the UWG advantage at two runs.
The two teams settled into a pitcher’s duel for the next four innings, until Ben Utley belted a homer in the bottom of the fifth, answering Montevallo’s fifth-inning bomb to make it 4-2.
The Wolves broke the game wide open in the bottom of the seventh, scoring four runs in the inning. Cade Marlowe opened the rally with a one-out single, then stole second. Utley singled, followed by Christopher Michals reaching on a fielder’s choice, scoring Marlowe for a 5-2 lead. Later in the inning, Hunter Stubbs walked a run in and Brady Barnes continued his hot hitting with a two-run single, giving the Wolves a commanding 8-2 lead.
Utley led the way on the afternoon, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Marlowe was 2-for-5 with a run scored, and Barnes was 1-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI. McLeod picked up the win, moving to 3-1 on the year, and Dalton Reagin came away with his third save of the year.
In the nightcap, Montevallo jumped on UWG starter Wes Bucher early and often. The junior recorded the first out of the game on the first batter, a strikeout, but then did not record another out, as the Falcons touched him up for eight runs on six hits. Skip Fite brought in Ryan Parker in relief in the first, and Parker stopped the bleeding, but allowed one more run before getting out of the inning.
The Wolves bats were largely silent against Montevallo starter Alex Pondick, who worked a complete game shutout, allowing no runs on seven hits in the game. Utley was 2-for-3 in the game, but West Georgia could not string hits together in the loss.