CARROLLTON, Ga. - The first loss of the 2019 Gulf South Conference Baseball Championship came early on Sunday morning for the West Georgia Wolves, as UWG fell 11-8 to the West Florida Argonauts at Choccolocco Park in Oxford, Alabama.
The double-elimination GSC Baseball Championship will continue for the Wolves on Monday at noon, as West Georgia will take on the Valdosta State Blazers in an elimination game in Oxford.
The Wolves struck first in this one in the top of the second, as freshman right fielder Dylan Johnson delivered a two-out single to get the rally started. Junior catcher Lane Griffith followed that with a double down the left field line. Johnson came around to score and the Wolves led 1-0. The Argos responded in the bottom of the inning, scoring six runs in the second to take a 6-1 advantage.
In the top of the third, West Georgia rebounded after senior center fielder Cade Marlowe delivered on a one-out double. Senior first baseman Logan Taylor singled to give the Wolves runners at the corners, then junior designated hitter Dan Oberst stayed hot with a triple to center, cutting the Argonaut advantage to 6-3. In the bottom half of the inning, the Argos scored a run off of reliever Greyson McLeod, taking advantage of the third error of the night for the Wolves. At that point in the game, West Georgia allowed seven runs with only two earned runs as the Argos took advantage of the three errors.
West Florida added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth on a home run, but the Wolves remained scoreless until the top of the eighth. In that frame, Oberst reached followed by a double from shortstop Joseph Hill. Johnson then singled for the third time in the game, scoring two runs and pulling West Georgia to within four runs at 9-5. In the bottom of the inning, the Argos struck right back, pushing the lead out to 11-5 with two more runs scored.
Cory Bartholomew got the start on the day, one of three pitchers used by head coach Skip Fite in the game. Bartholomew worked 1.1 innings in the start, followed by Greyson McLeod for 3.2 innings and Sawyer Steele the final three innings.