CARROLLTON, Ga. - The 2019 regular season for West Georgia baseball pulls into the final station on Saturday afternoon in Valdosta, Ga., as the Wolves take on the Valdosta State Blazers in a three-game series that will determine the seeding for the two teams at next week's Gulf South Conference tournament in Anniston, Ala.
Game One | Saturday, April 27 | 2 p.m. | Live Stats | Live Video
Game Two | Saturday, April 27 | 5 p.m. | Live Stats | Live Video
Game Three | Sunday, April 28 | 2 p.m. | Live Stats | Live Video
West Georgia finished the non-conference portion of the 2019 schedule on Tuesday at North Georgia, blasting the 13th-ranked Nighthawks 13-3 to move to 25-21 on the year. In Gulf South Conference play, the Wolves are 14-12 after winning 2-of-3 from Union last weekend. The Blazers come into the weekend at 25-18 overall on the year with a 12-11 record in league play. The Blazers beat Flagler on Tuesday 7-4 in Florida, but VSU has not played a GSC matchup since April 14 against Christian Brothers after last weekend's series with Shorter was canceled.
West Georgia at the Plate
The Wolves opened the season struggling at the plate, but that has not been the case since March 16 against Alabama Huntsville. Since that series, the Wolves have hit better than .350 as a team, raising the team batting average to .301 on the year, which comes into the weekend tied with Valdosta State for tops in the league. Senior first baseman Logan Taylor has been on fire in that time and is now hitting .392 on the year, good for second in the conference. Senior center fielder Cade Marlowe is right behind Taylor with a .387 batting average on the year.
Marlowe on the Basepaths
West Georgia has not seen a baserunner with the prowess of Cade Marlowe in many years, and the senior comes into the weekend with a comfortable margin on the rest of the Gulf South Conference in stolen bases with 38. He needs just six to set the single-season UWG record, which currently stands at 43. Marlowe already holds the UWG career record for stolen bases, but has been on a tear to attempt to break that single-season record.
Wolves on the Mound
Junior Taylor Boisclair has been the ace of late for the Wolves, and he became the only UWG pitcher during the 2019 season to pitch a nine-inning complete game last weekend, going the route against Union with nine strikeouts and just one earned run allowed. Junior Ryan Parker was also solid last weekend in a victory, going seven innings and allowing just one run with seven strikeouts to pick up his fourth win of the year. Out of the bullpen, senior Wes Bucher picked up a save against Union last week, but the Wolves did not have to go deep into the pen and will have a full staff ready for the Blazers.