CARROLLTON, Ga. - An outstanding pitching performance from the West Georgia Wolves on Sunday afternoon at Boo Ferris Field in Cleveland, Miss. powered the Wolves to a 3-1 victory over top-ranked Delta State in game one of Sunday's doubleheader. In the nightcap, the Wolves built a 2-1 lead, but Delta State scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 3-2 victory.
Head coach Skip Fite's three-man rotation against Delta State in Game 1 on Sunday was masterful, as the trio of Taylor Boisclair, Wes Bucher, and Drew Hayles allowed just seven hits with one run in nine innings of work. Led by Bucher, who worked 2.2 innings with five strikeouts, the Wolves pitchers had eight strikeouts with only one walk in the game.
UWG starter Taylor Boisclair and DSU starter Dalton Minor were locked in a pitcher's duel for the first five innings. Delta State picked up a run on two hits in the bottom of the first, then pushed nothing across for the next four innings. West Georgia picked up the pace in the top of the sixth, scoring a pair of runs to take a 2-1 lead.
Following a strikeout to start the inning in the sixth, seniors Cade Marlowe and Logan Taylor went back-to-back with singles. It was then time for the freshmen to come through, as Joe Skinner brought Marlowe home with a third-straight single to tie the game at 1-1. After a strikeout, Brody Wortham delivered the fourth single of the inning, scoring Taylor and giving the Wolves a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Delta State put two runners on with one out and head coach Skip Fite went to his bullpen, bringing on reliever Wes Bucher. The senior worked 2.2 innings of hitless baseball, striking out five, including fanning the side in the bottom of the eighth. In the top of the ninth, the Wolves picked up another run, as Dansereau singled, followed by a single from Marlowe for his fourth hit of the day. Logan Taylor brought home the Dansereau for a 3-1 West Georgia lead with a double heading to the bottom of the ninth.
Marlowe was 4-for-4 with a run scored while the RBIs on the day came from Taylor, Skinner, and Wortham. Dansereau, Taylor, and Marlowe each scored a run on the day. Boisclair moves to 1-1 on the year while Hayles picked up his first save of the year.
In Game 2, a lefty pitcher's duel ensued at Boo Ferris Field, as UWG starter Cason Greathouse and DSU starter Melvin Frazier went head-to-head. The Wolves scored a run off of Frazier in the first and again in the fifth, but Greathouse allowed just one run on the afternoon.
Brady Barnes started the first inning scoring when he was hit by a pitch with one out in the game. Logan Taylor walked, then both runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. With two outs in the inning, Drew Haywood singled, bringing home Barnes for the early lead. Delta State scored their only run off of Greathouse in the third inning, tying the contest.
West Georgia pushed another run across in the fifth when Lane Griffith drew a leadoff walk. Griffith eventually moved over to third, where Logan Taylor brought him home on a sacrifice fly for a 2-1 lead. That was where it would stay until the seventh when Delta State loaded the bases with no out, then a single Weber Herbison brought home the tying and winning run.
West Georgia falls to 7-14 on the year and 4-7 in Gulf South Conference play. The Wolves will be back in action on Wednesday against Columbus State before returning to Gulf South Conference play this weekend against Alabama Huntsville at Cole Field.