CARROLLTON, Ga. - An all-around effort from the West Georgia Wolves in Game 2 of the Auburn-Montgomery series on Saturday produced a third-straight series victory, as the Wolves dominated the Warhawks to the tune of an 8-3 win at Cole Field.
The West Georgia hitting was solid on Saturday, with three triples and 11 hits in the game, but it has been the pitching that has powered the Wolves to an eight-game winning streak. In seven of the eight wins in that streak, the UWG pitching staff has allowed four or less runs, including three in Saturday's win.
The afternoon started off for the Wolves with trouble in the field, as Auburn-Montgomery scored the first run of the game in the top of the first without a hit. The Wolves did not score until the second, as Price Peters led off the inning with a double, followed later in the inning by a two-out double from Logan Taylor to tie the game at 1-1.
In the third, Christopher Michals led off the bottom of the inning with a triple, then scored on a sacrifice fly from Brian Dansereau, giving West Georgia a 2-1 lead. But Ben Utley continued the inning in the next at-bat with a double, followed by a single from Cade Marlowe and the Wolves held a 3-1 advantage heading to the fourth inning.
Starting in left field on Saturday, Gabe Wurtz led off the fourth with a walk, then came around to score later in the inning on the fourth triple from the Wolves this weekend, this time off the bat of Tucker Breen. Auburn-Montgomery added a run in the top of the fifth to make it 4-2, but Marlowe nearly single-handedly put West Georgia back in front by three in the bottom of the fifth.
In that frame, Marlowe singled with one out in the inning, then moved to second on a groundout. The Wolves' center fielder stole third, then came home for the fifth run of the day on a wild pitch.
The seventh inning was the big inning for West Georgia, as the Wolves scored three in the frame to break the game wide open. Michals started the rally with an infield single, then scored two batters later on a single from Utley, who didn't stay on the basepaths long, as Marlowe tripled home the second run of the inning. Price Peters then delivered a sacrifice fly that gave UWG an 8-2 advantage heading to the eighth.
Head coach Skip Fite went to his bullpen at that point, bringing Dalton Reagin on in relief of McLeod, who had his third straight solid start. The junior went seven innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out nine. It was the ninth time that a UWG pitcher has had at least eight strikeouts this season, and five of those belong to McLeod. Those five include each of the last three weeks.
Utley and Marlowe were each 3-for-4 on the afternoon, with both scoring two runs on the day. Marlowe had two RBI, while Utley had one.