CARROLLTON, Ga. - The streak is now nine games. That’s how the West Georgia baseball program has ended the 2018 season, as one of the hottest teams in the Gulf South Conference after securing a second-straight series sweep on Saturday afternoon. The Wolves used a five-run inning to take a 9-4 victory over Auburn Montgomery at Cole Field in the regular season finale.
The win moved the Wolves to 31-16 on the year and 16-13 against league opponents. The latter record will give West Georgia the sixth spot in the GSC tournament next week in Cleveland, Miss.
West Georgia’s ninth-straight victory was not without drama, as the Wolves scored four unanswered runs in the first two innings, giving starter Andres Fernandez a solid cushion to work with. Fernandez responded well, scattering eight hits over the course of five innings worked, allowing three runs and striking out five batters.
AUM pushes a run across in the third, fourth, and fifth innings, cutting the Wolves’ advantage to just one run heading into the bottom of the fifth.
In that frame, Brian Dansereau, Ben Utley, and Cade Marlowe produced three-straight singles, then Dansereau gave UWG a 5-3 lead, scoring on a wild pitch. After a Price Peters walk, Gabe Wurtz doubled, bringing home Utley and Marlowe for a 7-3 lead. Lane Griffith singled for the fifth hit of the inning, scoring two more and pushing the lead out to 9-3.
Ryan Parker and Drew Hayles finished out the game from there, allowing a single run in the final two innings as the Wolves took the victory in the final home game of the year.
Four different players had at least two hits in the game, led by Dansereau, who was 3-for-4 with a double and a pair of runs scored.
West Georgia will be the sixth seed in next week’s Gulf South Conference tournament, and will await the announcement from the conference as to the first-round opponent.