CARROLLTON, Ga. - A four-run eighth inning was the difference in the game for the West Georgia Wolves on Friday evening at Cole Field, as the Wolves powered back from a 5-3 deficit to take a 7-5 victory over the Lee Flames in Gulf South Conference play.
For the second-straight game, junior starter Taylor Boisclair was on his game, this time going 6.1 innings with a run on five hits allowed. He struck out five and surrendered no walks in his second consecutive quality start for the Wolves.
Boisclair and Lee starting pitcher Logan Workman battled to a scoreless tie in the first two innings, but the Flames were the first team to score in the contest, as Tyler Payne tripled in the top of the third to push the first run of the game across. The Wolves responded quickly in the bottom of the inning, as junior catcher Lane Griffith singled to lead off the inning. Later in the frame, back-to-back singles from Brian Dansereau and Cade Marlowe brought home Griffith to tie the game at 1-1.
That kicked off a string of three-straight scoring innings for the Wolves, as junior Jermond Williams led off the fourth with a solo homer to give West Georgia a 2-1 advantage. In the fifth, Marlowe led off the inning with a single, then came home later in the frame on a single from Dan Oberst to give the Wolves a 3-1 lead.
In the top of the eighth, the Flames took advantage of an error from the Wolves to score four unearned runs in the inning to take a 5-3 advantage, but the Wolves bounced right back in the bottom of the frame. Freshmen Brody Wortham and Joe Skinner led off the inning with back-to-back walks, followed by a bunt single from Tucker Breen. Nick Poskey then made it five-straight runners to reach in the inning with a single to score Wortham and cut the lead to one. The Wolves pushed another run across on a ground out, then Oberst picked up his third RBI of the game with a two-RBI single to give the Wolves a 7-5 advantage.
Drew Hayles, who came on in relief in the eighth, retired the side in the ninth to pick up his third victory of the year. Each of the starters for the Wolves had at least one hit in the game, led by Poskey's 3-for-5 effort with a run and an RBI. Marlowe, Taylor, and Oberst each had two hits, with Oberst leading the way with three RBI on the day.
West Georgia moves to 14-17 on the year with the victory and 9-9 in Gulf South Conference play. The same two teams will be back in action at Cole Field on Saturday, with first pitch for Game 1 of the doubleheader set for 2 p.m.