CARROLLTON, Ga. - For the fifth time in as many games, the West Georgia Wolves faced off with a team ranked in the top-10 nationally, falling Wednesday to the sixth-ranked Georgia College Bobcats in the final warmup before Gulf South Conference play begins Friday.
UWG head coach Skip Fite handed the ball to true freshman Brody Syer as the starting pitcher in Wednesday contest, and Syer worked his way out of a first-inning jam with minimal damage. The Bobcats loaded the bases with one out, but Syer fought back, allowing a single run in the inning before a popout ended the threat. The Wolves came right back, and singles from Brady Barnes, Dan Oberst, and Joe Skinner in the inning netted the Wolves a run to tie the game. Skinner's single brought home Barnes, as the two teams headed to the second with a 1-1 tie.
Syer settled down in the second, working three innings on the day with just one run allowed on three hits in the contest. Wes Bucher came on in relief in the fourth, working two scoreless innings until the seventh while his offense took a lead in the fifth inning. Cade Marlowe led off the fifth with a bunt single, then stole second base and came home on Barnes' third single of the day.
In the seventh, the Bobcats scored two runs off of Bucher to take a 3-2 lead, then added another off of Tyler Garner in the top of the eighth for a 4-2 advantage. In the bottom of the eighth, Dan Oberst led off the inning by reaching on an error, followed by a single from Drew Haywood. After the pair moved to second and third, the Wolves pinch hit with Jermond Williams. The Bobcats brought on Chris Rolich, the man who got the save last week against the Wolves, and he induced a ground out from Williams to end the threat.
Barnes was 4-for-5 on the day, driving in a run and scoring a run to lead the Wolves' offense. Joe Skinner and Drew Haywood each had two hits in the game to round out the players with multiple hits in the game.
West Georgia will be back in action on Friday afternoon, taking on Shorter in the 2019 Gulf South Conference opener. The three-game series was originally scheduled to begin on Saturday, but the weekend weather forecast has moved the doubleheader to Friday at 1 p.m. and the solo game on Saturday, also at 1 p.m.