CARROLLTON, Ga. - After a 2-1 start to the week for the West Georgia baseball program, the Wolves head west for potentially the biggest test of the 2019 season thus far, taking on top-ranked Delta State in a three-game series in Cleveland, Miss.
West Georgia comes into the weekend with a 6-12 record on the year and a 3-5 mark in Gulf South Conference play. The Wolves were only able to play two games this past weekend with the rain that swept through Carrollton, splitting a doubleheader with West Alabama on Monday afternoon at a very cold Cole Field. That winning continued on Tuesday, as UWG came from behind against St. Anselm at Cole Field, taking a 5-3 victory. Delta State comes into the weekend with a 15-2 record overall on the year and a 7-1 record against league competition. The Statesmen split with Shorter in Georgia last weekend and took down nationally ranked Southern Arkansas in midweek play.
UWG AT THE PLATE
The Wolves are ninth in the league in hitting this season with a .244 team batting average. Senior center fielder Cade Marlowe leads the squad with a .318 batting average on the year and is fifth in the Gulf South Conference in runs scored with 18. He is one of three UWG regular starters who is hitting above .300 on the year, as Logan Taylor (.311) and Brady Barnes (.304) are also hitting above .300. Redshirt freshman Joe Skinner is one to watch off the bench, as he is hitting .348 with eight hits in 23 at-bats.
UWG ON THE MOUND
Head coach Skip Fite has had Ryan Parker, Cason Greathouse, and Cory Bartholomew as the three conference starters thus far this season. Greathouse picked up the win against West Alabama on Monday to move to 2-1 on the year. He worked five innings, scattering seven hits and striking out three to take the victory. C.J. Fehribach allowed no runs in the final two innings to get the save in that game. Drew Hayles has been throwing well lately, allowing one run with nine strikeouts in six innings combined in his last two appearances.