CARROLLTON, Ga. - They say that momentum is tomorrow's starting pitcher. That phrase was on display on Monday afternoon at Cole Field, as the West Georgia Wolves rode the arm of Cason Greathouse to a Gulf South Conference victory in Game 2 of a conference doubleheader, winning 5-3 after an 8-1 loss in the opener.
Greathouse was not perfect on the afternoon, but he settled down after a rocky start to scatter seven hits over five innings of work to take his second win of the year. C.J. Fehribach allowed a single hit and struck out two in a pair of innings to finish out the game and pick up his second save of the year.
In the first game of the GSC doubleheader, West Alabama came out on fire both on the mound and at the plate scoring two runs in the top of the first. That would be all that UWA starter Cole Waites would need, as the right-hander worked a no-hitter into the bottom of the eighth inning while the Tigers built an 8-0 advantage.
In the eighth, Cade Marlowe and Brady Barnes drew back-to-back one-out walks, followed by a single to right field from Logan Taylor, breaking up the no-hit bid and bringing home Marlowe for the only run of the game for the Wolves. Ryan Parker took the loss on the mound for the Wolves, falling to 1-3 on the year.
The second game started out in a familiar way, as the Tigers touched up UWG starter Cason Greathouse for a run in the top of the first, but the junior settled in after that. Greathouse worked five innings on the afternoon, allowing three runs on seven hits with two earned runs. Brian Dansereau walked with one out in the bottom of the first, then advanced to second and third on the next two pitches, which were wild. Marlowe then drove in Dansereau for his first RBI of the game with a ground out to tie the contest at 1-1.
Marlowe was in on the next run for the Wolves as well as catcher Lane Griffith led off the bottom of the third with a single, eventually reaching third on a sacrifice bunt from Dansereau. Marlowe flew out to left field, giving Griffith enough room to score on the sacrifice fly and give UWG a 2-1 lead. Griffith and Barnes led the charge for a 4-1 lead in the fourth with back-to-back hits with runners on base. Griffith doubled to score Drew Haywood, then Barnes singled to drive in Griffith for the three-run lead.
After the Tigers scored a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to make it 4-3, Marlowe singled to lead off the bottom of the fifth, then promptly stole second. He wasn't there long, as Logan Taylor doubled to score Marlowe and give the Wolves a 5-3 advantage. Fehribach finished off things in the seventh, sitting the Tigers down in order to preserve the win.
Griffith had the only two-hit performance in the game, driving in a run and scoring two while Marlowe had a run scored and two RBI on the day. West Georgia moves to 5-12 on the year and 3-5 in Gulf South Conference play. The Wolves will take on Saint Anselm at Cole Field on Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m.