CARROLLTON, Ga. - The opener between the West Georgia Wolves and 18th-ranked Mississippi College on Sunday afternoon was an outstanding pitcher's duel with the Wolves coming out on the short end of the scoring, falling 3-1 in Gulf South Conference action.
Junior starter Ryan Parker went toe-to-toe with MC starter Chris Crosby, with Parker allowing three runs on six hits in seven innings of work. He struck out five batters, and two of the three runs allowed came from Mississippi College errors. Crosby was equally good, allowing just two hits with 13 strikeouts in 8.2 innings on the day.
After the two teams were scoreless through the first two innings, the Wolves struck first in the top of the third. Senior second baseman Tucker Breen provided the quick fireworks in that frame, blasting his first home run of the year to lead off the frame and give UWG a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the inning, the first two runners for MC reached on an error, followed by three-straight hits that drove in all three runs in the game for MC.
Both pitchers settled down at that point, as it seemed that the week indoors was more beneficial to the pitchers than the hitters. Sunday's doubleheader was originally scheduled for Saturday, but the two teams were forced to move the series back due to a large amount of rain that pelted the southeast over the last 10 days.
The Wolves made noise in the ninth inning, loading the bases with an error from MC and a pair of walks, but a strikeout ended the threat and the game. Breen and Drew Haywood were the only UWG hitters with a hit on the afternoon. Greyson McLeod was solid in the eighth on the mound in relief, allowing no baserunners and striking out two.
In game two, things started out in a similar fashion to the first game, as UWG starter Cason Greathouse battled with MC starter Ryan Lane for the first three innings with neither pitcher allowing a hit in that span.
West Georgia was the first to break through with a hit, as Cade Marlowe led off the fourth with a single, then reached second before he was thrown out attempting to steal third. Mississippi College reached base with four of the first five batters of the fourth inning, scoring three runs to take a 3-0 lead, then the Choctaws added another two runs to extend the MC lead in the game to 5-0.
The Wolves fall to 4-9 on the year with the losses and are now 2-3 in Gulf South Conference play while Mississippi College moves to 9-3 overall and 2-0 against league competition. The series will conclude on Monday afternoon, beginning at 1 p.m. (EST).