CARROLLTON, Ga. - The West Georgia Wolves opened the season with a solid 3-0 weekend on the road at Augusta, and now head coach Skip Fite and his charges will open the home schedule on Tuesday afternoon, taking on the Georgia College Bobcats in non-conference action. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Tuesday at Cole Field.
A QUICK LOOK AT GEORGIA COLLEGE
The Bobcats come into the second week of the season ranked 22nd in the nation and with a 2-0 record thus far on the season. In two games, Georgia College has outscored their opponents 28-0, including a 21-0 win over Paine in the opener.
DOUBLES, DOUBLES, AND MORE DOUBLES
West Georgia's offense was fueled throughout the opening weekend by timely hitting, but especially to the gaps, as the Wolves pounded out 38 total hits, with 14 of those coming as doubles. To take it a step further, nearly half of the West Georgia hits against Augusta were of the extra-base variety, adding in a home run to the 14 doubles. Of the 40 runs scored on the weekend for West Georgia, 16 of those were driven in by an extra-base hit.
TOP RUN PRODUCERS
As a team, the Wolves hit .328 against Augusta over the weekend, with junior center fielder Cade Marlowe and junior first baseman Logan Taylor coming in as the biggest run producers over the three games. Marlowe was 8-for-14, hitting .571 with three doubles and eight RBI. He also scored six runs on the weekend, giving him 14 runs accounted for in the road series. Taylor hit .462, going 6-for-13 with four doubles and a home run, driving in seven runs and scoring five to account for 12 runs on the weekend. The three and five hitters in Fite's lineup against Augusta, Marlowe and Taylor accounted for eight of the Wolves' 15 extra base hits and 26 of the 40 runs.
WAITING IN THE WINGS
Three others also had a solid weekend, hitting at least .300 for the series, led by senior Christopher Michals, who started two of the games and hit .375 for the weekend. Nick Poskey hit .357 with six RBI and five runs scored, greatly adding to the Wolves' offensive totals over the weekend. The third hitter in this trio of standouts over the weekend was second baseman Brian Dansereau, who hit .313 and came through in the clutch several times, delivering three RBI and four runs scored.
ON THE BASEPATHS
West Georgia was aggressive against the Augusta battery in the opening series of the year, stealing six bases over the first weekend. Marlowe was the biggest culprit, swiping four bases to lead the UWG effort on the bases. Dansereau and Utley each added a stolen base to round out the steals for the weekend.
Greyson McLeod, Ryan Parker and Andres Fernandez were the first three starters for Fite this season, with McLeod getting the nod for opening day. The junior was sharp in the opener, scattering six hits over six innings of working, allowing just one run and striking out eight batters, and he was the first starter to get a win on opening weekend. Parker allowed four hits in four innings of work in his start, with Augusta touching him up for two runs, and he added four strikeouts to pick up his first win of the year as well. Fernandez also went four innings, allowing four runs on five hits while striking out three in his debut in a UWG uniform. Expect to see sophomore righty Jordan Schmits as Tuesday's starter against Georgia College, as the transfer from South Alabama will get his first start on the UWG hill.
OUT OF THE PEN
Fite used six pitchers out of the bullpen this weekend, with Wes Bucher working a lights-out 3.2 innings against the Jaguars in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader. The junior allowed just one hit and struck out five, holding the Augusta bats at bay and giving the Wolves to come from behind in the final inning for the victory. Andrew Marshall worked the final three innings of the opener, allowing a run on five hits and striking out three to pick up the first save for the Wolves this season. The trio of C.J. Fehribach, Connor Stephenson and Tyler Garner closed out Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader, combining to allow just one run on no hits while striking out four in the final three innings of the contest.