Carrollton, GA – The UWG Wolves and West Alabama Tigers do not meet in GSC play during the 2018 season. They will, however, square off in a three-game, non-conference series that begins Thursday at Cole Field.


The expected inclement forecast for Saturday prompted a schedule change for the series. The Wolves and Tigers will now play a single game Thursday at 4 p.m., followed by a 1 p.m. double header on Friday.


UWG brings a 4-0 record into the series, a mark that includes a three-game sweep at Augusta State, and Tuesday’s 8-4, home win over Georgia College. West Alabama is 1-2 on the year following their season opening series with Columbus State.



The Tigers were ranked 24th nationally, and fourth in the South Region in Division II in the NCBWA Preseason Polls. Coach Gary Rundles’ team last year posted a 38-21 record on the season, good for second place in the Gulf South Conference. The Tigers earned a bid to the NCAA South Regional where they won four times before falling in the tourney final to host Delta State.



Early deficits have been no problem to the Wolves in their four-game, season opening win streak. UWG has trailed by at least two runs in three-of-four wins on the young season. That trend continued Tuesday as the Wolves erased an early, 4-1 deficit in their 8-4 defeat of Georgia College.



Strong pitching has been a key to UWG’s fast start on the season. However, the word “strong” would be an understatement in describing the efforts of junior Wes Bucher. The juco transfer from Southern Union in nearby Wadley, Ala., has been dominant in two outings thus far. Bucher has thrown 8 2/3 shutout innings, piled up nine strikeouts vs. zero walks, and has scatted five hits—all singles—in picking two relief wins.



UWG has posted double-digit base hits in each of the season’s first four games. The Wolves has 49 hits, including 16 for extra bases, in the four wins. UWG’s team batting average is .327, and the team OPS (on-base, plus slugging) is .901 through four games. Junior center fielder Cade Marlowe has been the team’s top producer with nine RBI and six runs scored on the season.



Marlowe offensive production in last week’s sweep at Augusta earned him Gulf South Conference Player of the Week honors. The junior from Tifton batted over .500 in leading the attack in all three wins over the Jaguars.



UWG batters have shown patience at the plate in 2018. Through four games the Wolves has received 25 bases on balls from opposing pitchers. Catcher Price Peters leads the team with six walks, outfielder Bradley Felkel has earned five free passes, while Marlowe and first baseman Logan Taylor have walked three times apiece.