CARROLLTON, Ga. – A dominant performance all-around gave the West Georgia Wolves a series victory in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader in Millington, Tenn., as the Wolves scored early and often en route to a 19-0 victory over the Christian Brothers Bucs, then the Wolves finished off the weekend with a pitcher's duel, winning 2-1 in the series finale.
The weekend was a picture of dominance for West Georgia, as the Wolves outscored the Bucs by a combined 38-3 over the three games. As a unit, the pitching staff allowed three runs on 14 hits, with half of those hits coming in the finale. On the offensive side, the Wolves had 16 extra base hits in the series, including 13 doubles. Starting pitcher Ryan Parker was equally dominant in the complete-game shutout of Game 1 on Sunday, while four pitchers combined for the victory in Game 2.
Individual Weekend Superlatives
Shortstop Tucker Breen hit a blistering .625 for the weekend with a double and five runs scored as well as four RBI. He had just eight at-bats due to the fact that he was extremely patient at the plate with three walks as well. Cade Marlowe continued to swing a hot bat, hitting .500 for the weekend, as did Price Peters. The senior catcher Peters, scored six runs and drove in five to lead the run generation on the weekend. Brian Dansereau hit .385 with three runs scored and six RBI over the three games.
Game 1 Recap - Wolves 19, Bucs 0
The West Georgia Wolves came out swinging on Sunday afternoon at USA Stadium, but Parker and CBU starter Ryan Taylor allowed very little in the first inning. But the Wolves were strong in the second inning, putting six runs on the board in the top of the frame.
Gabe Wurtz opened the second inning with a single, then advanced to second on a CBU error. Hunter Stubbs followed with a double, scoring Wurtz from second for the first run of the day. Price Peters made it back-to-back doubles and runs scored, bringing home Stubbs. After the Wolves loaded the bases, Brian Dansereau singled, then a throwing error allowed all three runs to score, making it 5-0. Cade Marlowe then closed out the scoring with another single, scoring Dansereau and giving the Wolves a commanding 6-0 advantage.
The Wolves added three more runs in the third, with Peters, Dansereau and Marlowe each collecting RBI in the inning. The fourth inning saw four more runs, with Wurtz, Stubbs, Dansereau, and Marlowe picking up RBI hits in the frame, giving the Wolves a commanding 13-0 lead.
In the top of the seventh, the Wolves added four more runs, as Bradley Felkel had an RBI single to score Brady Barnes, followed by back-to-back RBI doubles from Price Peters and Joseph Hill. Later in the inning, Christopher Michals had an RBI single and Chase Uter came on with a pinch hit home run to make it 19-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh.
Game 1 Standouts
Parker was stellar on the day in Millington, allowing no runs on three hits in seven innings of work. He struck out five batters and walked two. Dansereau, Marlowe, and Peters led the Wolves at the plate on the afternoon, with Dansereau going 3-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored. Marlowe was 2-for-3 with three RBI, while Peters was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI, including two doubles in the contest.
Game 2 Recap - Wolves 2, Bucs 1
In a significant switch from the rest of the series, the finale was anything but an offensive outburst for the Wolves, as the two teams combined for 11 hitts, with only four of those coming from the West Georgia side.
Scoring was at a premium in Game 3 of the series, and for the first time in the three games over the weekend, Christian Brothers got on the board first. After a relatively quiet top of the first, the first two batters for CBU in the bottom of the inning reached base, as Jeff Goodwin singled to lead off the game, then quickly stole second for the Bucs. Jaime Soto then singled, scoring Goodwin from second for the first run of the day overall for the Bucs.
The scored remained 1-0 until the top of the fourth, when designated hitter Price Peters was hit by a pitch with two outs in the inning. Hunter Stubbs followed that with a walk to give the Wolves two on with catcher Drew Hayles at the dish. Hayles belted a double to right field, scoring Peters and tying the game at 1-1 with three innings left to play.
Neither team could push a run across again until the top of the 7th, where the Wolves did what they have done now five times this season in scoring the winning run of a game in their final at-bat. Brian Dansereau led off the inning with a walk, then Cade Marlowe beat out a sacrifice bunt attempt, giving the Wolves a pair of runners on board with no outs. The pair then advanced to second and third on a wild pitch, and followed suit later in the inning, with Dansereau scoring on a wild pitch to give the Wolves a 2-1 advantage.
In the bottom of the seventh, Fite used three different pitchers as the Bucs loaded the bases with one out, but Connor Stephenson induced a game-ending double-play to preserve the victory. Dalton Reagin picked up the win in relief of starter Andres Fernandez, Reagin's first of the season. Reagin was relieved by C.J. Fehribach in the seventh, followed by Stephenson, who was credited with his first save at UWG.
Marlowe and Hayles each had two hits on the day, with Hayles driving in the game-winner in the seventh inning. Fernandez was strong on the mound in the contest, five innings and allowing a run on four hits with six strikeouts.
The Wolves move to 14-3 on the year and 4-2 against GSC opponents will be back in action next weekend, as the Delta State Statesmen come to town for a three-game Gulf South Conference series.