CARROLLTON, Ga. - The West Georgia Wolves closed out the 2018 GSC Baseball Championship on Tuesday evening on Ferris Field in Cleveland, Miss., taking down the Lee Flames by an 8-3 final to close out pool play.
UWG starting pitcher Andres Fernandez dueled with Lee starter Rob Gustitus through the first three innings, as the Wolves and Flames each scored a run in the first and third innings. The scoring happened quickly for the Wolves, as Tucker Breen walked to lead off the bottom of the first, then he moved to third on a single from Brian Dansereau. Ben Utley then brought Breen home with a sacrifice fly, tying the game at 1-1.
In the third inning, Lee scored a run in the top of the frame, then Dansereau kicked off the UWG rally with the first of three-straight singles. Then, with the bases loaded, Price Peters reached on a fielder's choice, allowing Dansereau to score and tie the game at 2-2. The game stayed in a tie for the top half of the fourth, but Bradley Felkel broke the tie, coming home on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning, giving West Georgia a 3-2 advantage.
Cade Marlowe doubled home a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to extend the UWG lead to 5-2, and the Wolves took a commanding 8-2 lead after scoring three in the seventh. Dansereau picked up two more RBI in that inning on a single, then Breen came home after a wild pitch for the final scoring of the day.
Dansereau was 4-for-5 in the game to lead the UWG offensive, while Marlowe, Joseph Hill and Felkel each had two hits in the contest. Andres Fernandez picked up the win, going seventh innings, scattering nine hits with just two runs allowed and six strikeouts. Dalton Reagin worked the final two innings of the contest, allowing one run and five hits.
West Georgia closes the season at 32-18 on the year and will have to wait for the decision of the NCAA South Region committee this weekend to see if the Wolves will reach the 2018 NCAA Tournament. UWG entered the week ranked seventh in the NCAA South Region poll.