CARROLLTON, Ga. - After what seemed like an eternity on the road for the first four games of the season, the West Georgia Wolves finally stepped onto the grass at Cole Field on Friday afternoon for the first home game of the 2019 season. Cole Field was kind to the Wolves Friday, as West Georgia blasted 10th-ranked Bellarmine 15-2 in a non-conference solo game.
On paper, things looked dangerous for the Wolves coming into the day, as UWG held a .207 batting average through the first four games and Bellarmine had
Mathis lasted less than an inning in his first outing of the year, as 10 Wolves went to the plate before he was finally pulled, building a six-run cushion for UWG starter Cory Bartholomew in the process. After a fly out to center from Cade Marlowe, five straight Wolves reached base, including four singles in a row. Dan Oberst and Drew Haywood had RBI singles in the inning, with Oberst driving in two. Nick Poskey also delivered on an RBI single and the Wolves were rolling.
Bartholomew settled down and kept the Knights off the board over the first two innings, allowing the first run of the game for Bellarmine in the top of the third. He opened the inning with a walk to Derek Burns, then Burns came in to score later in the inning on a single from Jacob Mulcahy to make it 6-1 West Georgia.
The Wolves added one in the third, then two more in both the fourth and three in the seventh and eighth innings to take a commanding 15-2 lead. Bartholomew went five innings, striking out four and allowing a run, then the junior handed the ball over to C.J. Fehribach. The sophomore worked the final four innings of the contest, allowing a run and striking out three to pick up his first save of the year.
Five players had two or more hits on the afternoon, led by the left side of the infield. Senior shortstop Tucker Breen and junior third baseman Drew Haywood were each 3-for-4 in the game. Haywood scored two runs and drove in two runs while Breen scored two and drove in a single run. Logan Taylor, Oberst, and Jermond Williams each had two hits for the Wolves.
West Georgia and Bellarmine will be back in action on Saturday afternoon at Cole Field in a schedule switch doubleheader. The two teams were originally scheduled for a three-game series with one game per day on the weekend, but the weather doesn't look favorable for Sunday, so the coaches moved Sunday's single game to Saturday and will complete the series with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.