I CARROLLTON, Ga. - The UWG baseball team bounced back on Wednesday afternoon on the road in a non-conference battle against the Miles Golden Bears. The Wolves broke out the bats in the contest, taking down the Golden Bears 14-1.
After a rough week with just one win in four games, head coach Skip Fite and his team needed a chance to work the kinks out, and things stayed close early in Alabama. But as the game continued, the UWG offense wore down the Miles pitching, as the Wolves rolled against the SIAC opponent.
In the first two innings of the contest, the two teams played to a 0-0 tie, as starter Tyler Garner was solid in his first two frames of the day. Brady Barnes singles in Joseph Hill, then Price Peters broke the game open in the top of the third inning with a grand slam, part of a five-run inning that put the Wolves solidly into the lead.
In the fourth inning, Miles picked up a single run, but in the top of the fifth, Peters struck again with a three-run homer, giving West Georgia an 8-1 advantage. Barnes brought home the ninth run of the game later in the inning with another RBI single.
In the top of the sixth, Brian Dansereau blasted a solo shot, giving the Wolves a commanding 10-1 lead in the game. Christopher Michals brought home the 11th run of the game with a triple, scoring Ben Utley, also in the 6th inning.
Dansereau scored Joseph Hill in the 7th on a sacrifice fly to make it 12-1, then Cade Marlowe closed out the scoring in the top of the 9th with a two-run triple, bringing home Dansereau and Dalton Gilliam.
The Wolves pounded out 16 hits in the game, led by a 3-for-6 effort from Marlowe, who scored twice and drove in two runs. Peters was 2-for-4 with two home runs and seven RBI. He joined Dansereau, Barnes, Utley, and Michals with two hits on the afternoon.
Tyler Garner worked five innings, allowing five hits and a run while striking out three to pick up his second win of the season. Wes Bucher worked two innings out of the bullpen, allowing no runs, no hits, and striking out two. Corbin Lewallen and Connor Sima worked the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to close out the day.
The Wolves move to 19-10 on the year with the victory, while Miles falls to 17-14. West Georgia returns to Gulf South Conference play this weekend, taking on West Florida on the road.