CARROLLTON, Ga. – West Florida erased a 7-4 deficit in the final two innings of the GSC series at Spooner Field in Pensacola, Fla., on Saturday afternoon, scoring four unanswered runs to hand the West Georgia Wolves an 8-7 loss.
The Wolves came out firing in the contest, as Christopher Michals led off the game with a double, then he moved to third on a balk just before Brian Dansereau walked. Ben Utley followed with a single, scoring Michals for a 1-0 UWG lead. Price Peters came through with a one-out single to score Dansereau and give the Wolves an early 2-0 advantage.
Andres Fernandez took the hill in the bottom of the first as the UWG starter, allowing a pair of singles that brought home one run in the inning for the Argos, making it 2-1 early in the contest. West Florida scored again in the second, then added two more in the fourth inning to take a 4-2 lead, while pitcher Hunter Lucas had the Wolves off-balance at the plate.
In the top of the fifth, however, the Wolves responded as Joseph Hill and Tucker Breen led off the inning with back-to-back singles. That chased Lucas, as West Florida went to the bullpen, and Dansereau walked in the first at-bat with the new pitcher, Chase Evans. Logan Taylor tied the game, driving in two runs with a single, and the hit started a string of four-straight RBI hits for West Georgia.
Peters picked up his second RBI of the day with the next hit, followed by Nick Poskey with an RBI single, chasing Evans and bringing on Jared Middleton as the new UWF pitcher. Cade Marlowe greeted Middleton with another RBI single, giving the Wolves a 7-4 lead in the contest.
Fernandez settled down after his offense regained the lead, sitting down the Argos in order in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings. The UWG starter worked out of a jam in the seventh, and Fite brought on Wes Bucher to start the eighth. Bucher struck out the first batter, but allowed two-straight baserunners after that, forcing Fite to bring on Dalton Reagin.
Reagin allowed one run and worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam with two outs, sending the game to the ninth with the Wolves leading 7-5. Fernandez worked seven innings, scattering nine hits with four runs allowed and only three earned runs across. He struck out two and walked one to send the game to the final frame.
In the ninth, the Argos loaded the bases against Reagin, then Connor Stephenson hit the first batter he faced, making it 7-6. A walk followed and tied the game, forcing Fite to bring on Tyler Garner with a 7-7 game with one out in the ninth and the bases still loaded. Garner induced a fly out, but then walked UWF designated hitter Nick Kerkmann to bring home the game-winner for the Argos.
West Georgia drops to 20-12 on the year and 9-9 in Gulf South Conference play while West Florida moves to 23-10 and 13-4 in league action. The Wolves will be back in midweek action on Tuesday and Wednesday, taking on Miles on Tuesday afternoon and Paine on Wednesday at Cole Field.