CARROLLTON, Ga. - The first game of the 2017 Gulf South Conference Baseball Championship did not go the way of the Wolf on Sunday afternoon, as sixth-seeded West Georgia fell by a 6-3 count to third-seeded West Florida at Ferris Field in Cleveland, Miss.
The West Georgia Wolves will now play second-seeded Montevallo in the pre-determined Gulf South Conference Baseball Championships schedule, as the Wolves are in a pool with West Florida, Montevallo, and Lee. The second game of the series between the Wolves and the Falcons will be at 9:30 p.m. (EST) on Monday evening.
When the Wolves and Argos met in Pensacola earlier this season, neither team’s hitting was stellar against the opposing pitching, and that was what fans got in the first three innings of the day on Sunday. West Florida pushed a run across in the bottom of the 2nd, then the Wolves matched that in the top of the third.
UWG second baseman Joseph Hill led off the third with a single, then moved to second on a wild pitch later in the inning. Tucker Breen then brought home the Wolves’ first run of the tournament with a single, tying the contest at 1-1 in the top of the third. That would be the bulk of the scoring in the first seven innings for the Wolves, but West Florida took advantage of a few miscues from the UWG defense, scoring a run in the bottom of the fourth and breaking through for four runs in the bottom of the sixth, taking a 6-1 lead into the seventh inning.
The Wolves fired back for two runs in the ninth, as Logan Arnett led off the inning with a single, then scored on an error from West Florida after another single from Hill. That gave West Georgia a runner at third with no outs in the inning, and Hill came home for the final run of the game on a sacrifice fly from Breen, the second run of the game for Hill and second RBI for Breen.
The Wolves fall to 31-17 on the year with the loss, which also snaps a nine-game winning streak for West Georgia.