CARROLLTON, Ga. - The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper came out with their rankings earlier this weekend, with Delta State at the top of the rankings and West Georgia ranked 20th in the nation. Those two programs will collide at Cole Field this weekend, as the Wolves host the Statesemen in a three-game Gulf South Conference series.
The weekend has seen a change in the schedule for the Wolves, as rain is expected to cover Carrollton later in the afternoon on Saturday. Head coach Skip Fite and his staff have changed the schedule to work around the weather, now playing a doubleheader on Friday afternoon beginning at 1 p.m., followed by a single game on Saturday at noon. This is the third conference weekend of the season, and each of the first three have had weather issues that either led to time/date changes or venue changes.
TICKETS AND COVERAGE
Tickets to Cole Field are $5 at the gate, and pets are not allowed within the confines of the Cole Field stands. UWG Faculty, staff, and students receive free admission with a valid UWG ID. Faculty and staff are allowed one additional guest with their ID. All games this weekend will be available online via live stats as well as fans can listen live through The WOLF Sports Internet radio.
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West Georgia returned to the national rankings this week after a three-game road sweep of the Christian Brothers Bucaanneers last weekend. The Wolves were ranked as high as ninth in the nation earlier this year after a 10-0 start, but a three-loss week two weeks ago prompted the fall from grace. In the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper rankings this week, Delta State was listed as the No. 1 team in the nation, with West Georgia ranked 20th. The Wolves come into the contest with a 14-3 record overall on the year and a 4-2 spot in GSC play. The Statesmen enter the weekend with a 14-1 mark overall and a 6-0 record against league competition.
MARLOWE CONTINUES RESUME BUILDING
Junior center fielder Cade Marlowe continues to impress at the plate and in the field for the Wolves in 2018. Marlowe is second in the Gulf South Conference this week in batting average, entering the weekend with a .464 average on the year. He is also second in RBI with 26 and a league-leading 32 hits on the year. He was 6-for-12 last weekend in Millington, helping the UWG offense to outscore the Bucs by a 38-3 margin in the three-game series. He has also reached base in every game this season, and dating back to last season, has reached base in each of his last 20 games for the Wolves.
MICHALS ON THE RISE
Christopher Michals has been on a tear in the past 13 games, despite failing to get a hit in the final game of the series against Christian Brothers. That snapped a 12-game hitting streak, as Michals solidified himself as the Wolves' leadoff hitter in the lineup. His 12-game hitting streak was not the first of his career at West Georgia, as Michals was tied for the team's longest hitting streak in 2017 as well, a streak that ended at 12. Michals has been the leadoff hitter now for the Wolves in 12 games this season, and West Georgia is 9-3 on the year with him setting the table for the rest of the lineup.
BUCHER STAYS HOT
Junior Wes Bucher became the first five-game winner in the Gulf South Conference last weekend, working seven masterful innings against Christian Brothers en route to a 5-0 start this season. Bucher has started twice this season, taking a 1-0 victory over Mississippi College in the final game of that series two weeks ago, then working seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out seven against CBU in a 17-2 win in Millington. Bucher has a 1.80 ERA on the year and has 25 strikeouts with just seven walks to his credit.
BREEN WORKS HIS WAY UP
Tucker Breen had a fantastic weekend again CBU last week, going 5-for-8 for the weekend with five runs scored against the Bucs. He only had eight at-bats simply because of his patience, as Breen walked three times as well. Batting ninth, Breen was able to get on and come around for the hot-hitting top of the UWG lineup, allowing Fite to take full advantage of the 12-game hitting streak from Christopher Michals. Breen's season batting average rose to .326 with his efforts, as he is one of seven Wolves hitting .300 or better heading into the Delta State weekend.