CARROLLTON, Ga. - The West Georgia Wolves struggled early in a late evening game on Ferris Field in Cleveland, Miss. on Monday, falling by a 12-0 count in seven innings to second-seeded Montevallo in the Gulf South Conference Baseball Championship.
The first inning was tough sledding for the Wolves, as Montevallo scored 11 runs on nine hits before West Georgia recorded two outs in the frame. The Falcons rode that wave, scoring once more in the inning to take a commanding 12-0 lead early in the game. The Falcons starter, Alex Pondick, allowed at least two base runners in each of the first four innings in the game, but the Wolves couldn't push anything across, leaving eight runners on base in that same span.
Andy Marshall was strong in relief for the Wolves, as he was the third pitcher to throw for head coach Skip Fite in the first inning. The senior completed that frame, then went five additional innings, allowing a run on five hits and striking out six batters. Tyler Garner was the starting pitcher, with Wes Bucher as the second pitcher to throw in the first inning. C.J. Fehribach came on for the top of the seventh, allowing no runs on a hit to finish out the game.
The Wolves were led by a trio of hitters with two hits on the evening, as Ben Utley, Brian Dansereau, and Joseph Hill each reached safely twice in the contest. West Georgia will close out the 2018 campaign on Tuesday afternoon at 5:15 p.m., taking on the Lee Flames in the final game of pool play for both teams. The Wolves fell to 0-2 at this year's GSC Championship and 31-18 on the 2018 season with Monday's loss.