CARROLLTON, Ga. - Midweek games in Columbus have long been an offensive battle, and Wednesday's game in Columbus was no different, as the Wolves lost by an 8-7 score to the Columbus State Cougars.
The Wolves fall to 7-15 on the year with Alabama Huntsville coming to town this weekend for a three-game series. First pitch for Saturday's doubleheader is set for 2 p.m. from Cole Field.
The Wolves drew first blood in the seesaw battle on Wednesday afternoon as Brian Dansereau delivered a one-out double in the top of the first. Cade Marlowe followed with an infield single and Logan Taylor brought the pair in with a double to give the Wolves an early 2-0 advantage. West Georgia went scoreless in the second, but Columbus State came right back, belting two home runs off of starter Sawyer Steele in the inning to take a 3-2 lead.
Dansereau walked to lead off the top of the third, followed by another single from Marlowe, which put Dansereau at third with no outs. Marlowe stole second, and Dansereau came home on the throw tie the game at 3-3. Later in the inning, Marlowe stole third, then came home on a ground out from Drew Haywood to put the Wolves back on top at 4-3.
A solo home run from the Cougars in the third tied the score again at 4-4, followed by an inning with no scoring in the fourth, marking the first full inning with no score from either team during the game. For Columbus State, the fifth inning was another big one, as the first four Cougars reached base, powering CSU to two runs in the frame to take a 6-4 advantage heading into the sixth.
Taylor led off the top of the sixth with a single, then Nick Poskey doubled two batters later to give the Wolves runners at second and third. Dan Oberst singled, bringing the Wolves back into a tie with Columbus State at 6-6, then Oberst came home on a Brady Barnes single later in the inning to put the Wolves back on top. That lead would stay intact until the bottom of the seventh when another two-run homer from the Cougars put the home team up 8-7.
The Wolves loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth but were unable to push a run across, sending the game to the ninth inning with one shot left.
Greyson McLeod took the loss despite three solid innings in relief. The senior struck out five batters with no walks, allowing two runs on three hits in the outing. Marlowe and Taylor each had multiple hits, with Marlowe going 3-for-5 with two runs scored while Taylor was 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI.