CARROLLTON, Ga. - The top team in the country swept into Carrollton on Friday afternoon, taking both ends of the doubleheader at Cole Field. Delta State won 16-5 over West Georgia in the opener, then 12-3 in the late session.
In a game that was billed as a battle between two of the top offenses in the Gulf South Conference, the doubleheader featured a combined 36 runs on 48 hits on the day, with Delta State claiming the lion's share of that total.
The first game of the day saw DSU score in nearly all of the eight innings, as the top-ranked Statesmen never trailed in the contest. Delta State built an early 4-0 lead, only to have the Wolves pull within one with a three-run third inning. UWG senior catcher Price Peters led off the third with a triple, then scored on a Tucker Breen single to make it 4-1. Later in the inning, Logan Taylor singled to bring home Breen and Christopher Michals to make it 4-3 heading to the fourth.
Delta State then scored a run in the fourth and four more in the sixth to take complete control of the contest. West Georgia added a run in the seventh and eighth innings, but a seven-run eighth from DSU completely put the game away.
Peters led the Wolves on the day with a 3-for-4 effort that included two runs scored and two RBI. The catcher had a triple and a home run, his third round-tripper of the season. Cade Marlowe singled in his first at-bat of the day, extending his reached base streak to 21 games, dating back to the 2017 season.
In the second game, Delta State had eight singles, a double and a grand slam in the top of the third, scoring all 12 of their runs in the frame en route to a 12-3 victory. In the meantime, the Wolves had just three runs on five hits in the game, as the first 11 batters were retired in succession. In the game, Marlowe failed to reach base for the first time this season, breaking the 21-game streak. Brady Barnes led the Wolves with a 2-for-3 afternoon.
The same two teams will meet again on Saturday for the final game of the series, with first pitch at Cole Field set for noon.