CARROLLTON, Ga. - The winning streak reached seven on Thursday afternoon in Birmingham, Alabama, as the West Georgia Wolves held off a hard-charging Miles Golden Bears squad for an 8-7 victory in non-conference play at historic Rickwood Stadium.
Rickwood Stadium is the oldest baseball stadium in America, as it was built in 1910 for use by the Birmingham Barons. On Thursday, the Wolves and Golden Bears played on the surface, adding another game to the history of that facility with West Georgia coming out on top.
The Wolves opened the scoring in the top of the first, plating three runs in the frame. Nick Poskey led off the game with an infield single, then came home two batters later on a double from Cade Marlowe for the early lead. Logan Taylor then drove in a run on a ground out and Dan Oberst doubled home the final run of the inning for the 3-0 lead.
In the fourth, with the score sitting at 3-2 after a pair of runs in the second from Miles, Joseph Hill drove in two runs on a double, pushing the Wolves ahead by three runs again. The Wolves added another in the fifth on a Brian Dansereau single, then scored two in the seventh on back-to-back pitches. Dansereau scored in the seventh on a wild pitch, then Poskey sent the next pitch to the gap in left-center, scoring Hill and giving the Wolves a commanding 8-3 advantage. Miles scored four in the bottom of the seventh to make the game close again, but the UWG pitching staff shut things down after that, allowing no more runs in the remainder of the game.
Joseph Hill and Nick Poskey each had two hits in the game to lead the Wolves, with Hill driving in two runs and scoring a run as well. Poskey scored a run and had one RBI, and Dylan Johnson pitched in with a hit and two runs scored in the game. Taylor Boisclair got the start on the day, moving to 2-1 on the year with the win and Drew Hayles picked up his fifth save after working a scoreless ninth.
West Georgia moves to 18-17 on the year and will be off until Tuesday when the Emmanuel Lions come to town for a single game at 4 p.m.