CARROLLTON, Ga. - The 2019 UWG baseball season came to a close on Monday afternoon at Choccolocco Park in Oxford, Ga., as the West Georgia Wolves fell by an 11-7 final to the Valdosta State Blazers in the Gulf South Conference Baseball Championship.
The Wolves close the 2019 season with a 28-24 record on the year after a run to the GSC Semifinals.
Valdosta State was first on the board in this one, as the Blazers loaded the bases and scored a run off of West Georgia starting pitcher Tyler Garner in the top of the first. UWG head coach Skip Fite went to the bullpen early in the first, bringing on Wes Bucher. The senior induced a double play to end the threat and the inning, The Blazers added two more in the top of the second, taking a commanding 3-0 lead.
West Georgia remained silent at the plate until the bottom of the fourth, as Cade Marlowe and Logan Taylor had back-to-back singles to open the frame. Dan Oberst then belted his third home run of this year's Gulf South Conference Baseball Championship tournament, a three-run shot to tie the game. Joseph Hill kept the rally going with a double followed by an RBI single from freshman Dylan Johnson to give the Wolves a 4-3 lead. The Wolves added another run in the bottom of the seventh when Tucker Breen led off the inning with a double, then scored on a single from Logan Taylor for a 5-3 advantage.
The two-run lead did not hold for long, as the Blazers plated three runs in the top of the eighth to regain the lead at 6-5. But the pendulum quickly moved back in the other direction as Joseph Hill singled to lead off the bottom of the eighth. Later in the inning, with runners on second and third, catcher Lane Griffith singled to left field, scoring two runs to give the Wolves a 7-6 lead heading into the top of the ninth.
In that inning, the Blazers pushed a run across against reliever Drew Hayles, but the senior escaped any more damage, sending the game to the bottom of the ninth with the score tied 7-7. In the top of the 11th inning, the Blazers plated five runs to secure the spot on the tournament's final day tomorrow.