CARROLLTON, Ga. - Momentum is tomorrow's starting pitcher. That phrase could easily be applied to the West Georgia series against Auburn-Montgomery, as the West Georgia Wolves rode the arm of Ryan Parker to a 14-1 victory on Saturday afternoon in the Game 1 of the weekend Gulf South Conference doubleheader in Montgomery, Alabama.
The game was complete after seven innings, marking the second-straight game of the series to end in such a fashion. After AUM snapped West Georgia's nine-game winning streak on Friday night with a 12-2 victory, the Wolves returned the favor with a 13-run win on Saturday, setting up a rubber game in Game 3 on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Cade Marlowe got things going in the top of the first when he drew a two-out walk, then swiped his 30th base of the season. On the throw, the ball got away from AUM, allowing Marlowe to advance to third. First baseman Logan Taylor quickly gave the Wolves a 1-0 advantage with a single to left and the Wolves were up early. Junior starter Ryan Parker threw well early in the game, allowing just two hits in the first three innings of play. In the top of the third, the Wolves added a second run with another Marlowe-Taylor connection as the two seniors delivered back-to-back singles to make it 2-0.
The Wolves broke things loose in the top of the fourth when Brian Dansereau led off the inning with a single. Two batters later, Brady Barnes brought Dansereau home for a third run and West Georgia was rolling. Joseph Hill delivered two runs later in the inning on a single, then Taylor stepped to the plate and belted the first pitch over the left-center wall for a three-run homer and an 8-0 advantage for the Wolves. Later in the inning, after the Wolves had loaded the bases again, Brady Barnes was hit by a pitch, giving the Wolves a 9-0 lead.
West Georgia continued to press offensively and turned it over to starter Ryan Parker, who went the distance in the contest, allowing a run on five hits with a strikeout to take the victory. It was his first complete game of the year and moved him to 4-4 overall.
Brain Dansereau led the offense on the afternoon, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored. Taylor was 3-for-5 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored.
Game 2 Recap
The Wolves' offense picked up where they left off in Game 1, plating a run in the top of the first. Nick Poskey singled to lead off the game, then came home later in the inning on a sacrifice fly. Auburn Montgomery came right back with four runs in the bottom of the first, forcing head coach Skip Fite to bring on Sawyer Steele in relief of starter Wes Bucher. That began the see-saw battle that was the first three innings of the contest, as West Georgia responded with two in the top of the second.
Dansereau led off the inning reaching base when he was hit by a pitch followed by a walk from Tucker Breen. That led to the Warhawks committing two errors in the inning as the Wolves scored two and pulled to within one at 4-3. Auburn-Montgomery bounced right back in the bottom of the second, adding four more runs to the tally to take an 8-3 lead.
Marlowe led off the top of the third with a single, then promptly stole second and third, giving him three for the game. Taylor picked up yet another RBI with a single. The Wolves picked up another run off of an AUM error, then loaded the bases for Brady Barnes. The junior delivered a single, scoring two runs to pull the Wolves to within one again at 8-7.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Warhawks put two runners on thanks to an error, but Greyson McLeod struck out the final batter of the inning to move to the fifth.
The score remained there until the top of the sixth when the Wolves picked up a leadoff single from Lane Griffith followed by a walk to Nick Poskey. Two batters later, Marlowe singled, bringing home the tying run. In the bottom of the inning, the Warhawks plated another run off of reliever Drew Hayles, taking a 9-8 advantage into the final inning. In the top of the 7th, Dansereau doubled and Barnes reached on an error, but the Wolves did not move any further.
West Georgia falls to 21-19 on the year and 12-11 against Gulf South Conference competition. The Wolves will be back in action on Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. in Carrollton. Cole Field will again be the host of the Financial Literacy Event, hosted by the Fin Lit Club on campus.