CARROLLTON, Ga. - Following a seven-day rain hiatus, the West Georgia baseball program will return to the diamond this weekend in Memphis, Tenn., taking on the Christian Brothers Buccaneers in Gulf South Conference play.
While Carrollton was hit hard by rain this week, Memphis, Tenn. was as well, and the rain took a toll on the Nadicksbernd Field and forced Christian Brothers to move to USA Stadium Field #2 in Millington, Tenn. This was the site, for many years, of the Gulf South Conference baseball tournament. The Wolves and Bucs will play a single game on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., with a doubleheader scheduled for Sunday beginning at noon. All times listed are EST.
WEST GEORGIA THIS YEAR
The Wolves come into the weekend with an 11-3 record on the year after a 1-3 week last week. The first loss of the year came on Wednesday, followed by two straight losses to open the weekend against Mississippi College. Junior Wes Bucher, who was making his first start of the year, took control in game three of the series, tossing a four-hit shutout in a 1-0 victory for West Georgia. The Wolves come into the weekend ranked sixth in the region rankings, but the losses last week dropped UWG out of the national polls.
CHRISTIAN BROTHERS THIS YEAR
The Bucs come into the weekend with a 4-9 record in 2018 with a 1-2 record in Gulf South Conference play. CBU went 1-2 last weekend as well in a low-scoring series with Montevallo. The two teams combined for 14 runs in the three-game series, with Christian Brothers coming away with a 3-2 victory in the first game of the weekend. The Bucs have not scored more than six runs in a game this year, and beat Freed-Hardeman by a 6-3 score earlier this week.
TRIPLE CROWN THREAT
Junior center fielder Cade Marlowe has been tearing it up this season, and he comes into the second conference weekend leading the Gulf South Conference in both batting average and RBI. Marlowe is a league leading 26-for-57 on the year for a .456 batting average, and his 23 RBI also leads the GSC. He also ranks second in the league in runs scored through the first 14 games of the year, crossing the plate 16 times for the Wolves.
DOUBLES DOUBLES DOUBLES
The West Georgia Wolves have hit 31 doubles thus far on the 2018 seaosn, which is second in the Gulf South Conference heading into the weekend. Logan Taylor and Christopher Michals are tied for second in the league with six doubles each, followed by Ben Utley with five, who is tied for third in the league in doubles. Just behind that trio is Marlowe and Price Peters, who have four doubles on the year.
RACKING UP THE Ks
Junior starter Andres Fernandez has had a solid season on the mound thus far, coming into the weekend with a 2-1 record on the year. He has 29 strikeouts this season, which is good for third in the Gulf South Conference. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is also very strong, as he has just five walks on the year thus far.
FIRST TO FOUR
Junior Wes Bucher has been one of the top pitchers for the Wolves this season, and last weekend he picked up his Gulf South Conference leading fourth victory of the year. Bucher has six appearances in the 2018 season with 23.0 innings pitched and a 1.57 ERA. Against Mississippi College, he tossed a complete-game shutout and he has 18 strikeouts with just four walks on the year.
As a team this year, the Wolves have scored 136 runs, which it tops among Gulf South Conference programs thus far on the year. West Georgia is second in the league in batting average at .322 and are third in the conference with 11 home runs thus far.