CARROLLTON, Ga. – Pitching was the story of the day for the West Georgia Wolves in the opening game of a three-game conference set in Pensacola, Fla. Ryan Parker, Wes Bucher and Dalton Reagin combined to allow the team leading the Gulf South Conference in hitting, the West Florida Argonauts, to just two runs in a 3-2 victory at Joe Spooner Field on Friday afternoon. In the nightcap, the Argos scored six unanswered runs in the fifth and sixth innings to even the series at 1-1 with a 6-3 victory.
The win over the 20th-ranked Argos was the sixth victory for the Wolves over a nationally ranked team this season.
Ryan Parker was solid through the first two innings, allowing no hits to the top hitting team in the conference. The Wolves gave their pitcher a run to work with in the top of the third, as Brian Dansereau doubled with two outs, then came home on a single from Ben Utley to give West Georgia a 1-0 lead.
That stayed for a short period of time, as the no-hitter didn’t make it past the bottom of the third with West Florida tying the game at 1-1. Christopher Michals had the play of the early part of the day to end the third, catching a fly out and then gunning the UWF runner at third to keep the Argos off the scoreboard for more.
The score remained knotted at 1-1 until the top of the 6th, when Price Peters reached on an error, making it three straight opportunities on base for the senior catcher. Two batters later, Logan Taylor made the error hurt, depositing a homer over the fence in left-center to give Parker a 3-1 advantage.
West Florida added another run in the bottom of the seventh, with this one credited to Ryan Parker after Wes Bucher came on in relief. The Argos threatened more in the seventh and the eighth, but Bucher closed the door and we went to the ninth with West Georgia leading 3-2 over the Argos.
In the ninth inning, Dalton Reagin came on as the second reliever of the game, allowing just one infield hit before shutting the Argos down and giving the Wolves another victory over a ranked opponent. Price Peters led the Wolves with a 2-for-4 effort on the afternoon and Taylor’s home run was the difference in the game, as the senior had two RBI.
In Game 2, the Wolves started out early in the contest, as Brian Dansereau reached on an error in the second at-bat of the day. Ben Utley followed that up with his second home run of the season, giving West Georgia a 2-0 lead right out of the gate. That was all Greyson McLeod needed early in the game, as the junior was dealing early, striking out five batters in the first four innings and holding the Argos scoreless in that span.
West Florida tagged McLeod with two runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the contest, then the first three batters of the sixth reached base safely, scoring a third run to give UWF the lead. At that point, Fite brought in Andy Marshall, but the momentum was on the side of the Argos, as West Florida scored four runs with only one out in the inning to take a commanding 6-2 lead in the contest.
The top of the seventh saw the Wolves load the bases with one out, but the only run that was pushed across against the tough UWF bullpen was a sacrifice fly from Gabriel Wurtz that scored Nick Poskey. West Georgia managed just four hits in the game, with the big stroke coming from Utley in the top of the first.
West Georgia moves to 20-11 on the year and 9-8 in Gulf South Conference play. The two teams will play game three of the series tomorrow afternoon, with first pitch set for 2 p.m. in Pensacola.