CARROLLTON, Ga. - An offensive explosion happened at Cole Field on Saturday afternoon in Game 1 of the doubleheader between West Georgia and Lee. The two teams combined for 24 runs on 31 hits as the Wolves used a late run to take a 14-10 and take their second game of the weekend from the Flames. In the final game of the series, the offensive outburst continued as the Wolves pounded out 11 runs on 14 hits en route to an 11-3 victory and a sweep.
The wins give the Wolves the series sweep and an 11-9 record in Gulf South Conference play this season. Overall, the Wolves move to 16-17 on the year.
The Wolves came out firing on all cylinders after Friday's come-from-behind victory against the Flames at Cole Field, as senior Nick Poskey led off the game with a homer, one of two home runs in the first inning for West Georgia. Later in the inning, with Brian Dansereau on base, Logan Taylor delivered his second home run of the year to give the Wolves a commanding 3-0 lead.
Lee responded with six runs in the top of the second. The first six batters of the inning reached base safely, forcing head coach Skip Fite to go to his bullpen early and bring on Ryan Parker in relief. Parker stopped the bleeding, but not before the Wolves trailed 6-3. West Georgia scored a run in the bottom of the second and then again in the third, with Dan Oberst homering in the third to cut the lead to 6-5.
The Flames pushed their advantage out to 8-5 in the fourth with a pair of runs, but the Wolves bounced back in the bottom of the fifth with four runs to regain the lead. Cade Marlowe opened the rally with a two-out double and the next two batters reached on a walk and a hit batter to load the bases. Williams then walked to score Marlowe followed by a two-RBI single from Brody Wortham to tie the game at 8-8. The rally continued with an infield single from Lane Griffth that scored Williams to give West Georgia a 9-8 lead heading to the sixth.
Lee added two more runs in the sixth, but West Georgia fired right back with a run in the bottom half of the inning. Brian Dansereau opened the rally with a walk, then stole second. Later in the inning, Taylor singled to bring Dansereau home and tie the game. The Wolves added two more in the eighth on RBI singles from Tucker Breen and Dansereau to take a 12-10 lead into the eighth inning.
In the eighth, the Wolves continued to put distance between themselves and the Flames, as Tucker Breen came through with a double, scoring two and putting the Wolves on top 14-10. In the ninth, Sawyer Steele and Drew Hayles combined to shut down Lee and finish out the contest. Steele took the victory in the game to move to 1-1 on the year and Hayles picked up his fourth save of the season.
The Wolves pounded out 18 hits on the day, including a 4-for-4 effort from freshman Brody Wortham, who scored three runs and had two RBI. Six Wolves had at least two hits in the game, with Marlowe going 3-for-5 with a run scored.
In the nightcap, Marlowe got things going in the first with an RBI single.
The Wolves took full control of the game in the bottom of the fourth when Logan Taylor led off the inning with a walk. Oberst then singled and he and Taylor advanced to second and third on an error by the Lee center fielder. That allowed Jermond Williams to single and bring home both to tie the game at three. But the Wolves weren't done, as Tucker Breen and Brian Dansereau each had an RBI single in the inning, with Dansereau's scoring two. Dansereau then came home on a wild pitch for the final run of the inning as the Wolves exited the fourth with a 7-3 advantage.
The fifth was equally good as Oberst led off the inning with a single, then came home later in the frame on a sacrifice fly from Lane Griffith. Two batters later, with two runners on, Poskey tripled down the right field line to give the Wolves a 10-3 lead. Poskey then came home later in the inning on a wild pitch to make it 11-3.
Starter Cason Greathouse worked 3.1 innings on the day, allowing three runs on six hits. Wes Bucher came on in the fourth and worked a perfect 2.2 innings with two strikeouts heading into the seventh inning. C.J. Fehribach closed out the game, allowing no runs across in the seventh. Poskey, Dansereau, Marlowe, Oberst, and Breen each had two hits in the game to lead the offensive outburst in game two.
West Georgia will play two games this week, taking on Paine on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Cole Field and then traveling to Miles on Thursday at 2 p.m. Next weekend will be an off weekend for the Wolves with no Gulf South Conference play.