CARROLLTON, Ga. - The West Georgia Wolves enter Gulf South Conference play in a place that no UWG Baseball team has been for the past 20 years, as the Wolves are among the top-10 nationally heading into the weekend series.
A WEEK OF RANKINGS
The Wolves achieved a ranking twice this week, as the NCBWA put out the first regional poll of the 2018 season early in the week, with West Georgia checking in as the third-place team in that poll. On Wednesday, the national poll came out, pitting the Wolves as the ninth-place team in the country through the first three weeks of the season.
THE RECORDS AND RECENTLY
West Georgia comes into the weekend with a 10-1 record on the year thus far after suffering their first loss of the season on Wednesday, 13-4 to the Columbus State Cougars. CSU hit five home runs in the game, including three in one inning to hand the Wolves their first setback of the year. Mississippi College comes into the weekend with an 8-1 record overall on the year, including an 11-8 victory over Arkansas-Monticello on Wednesday.
UWG ON OFFENSE
The Wolves are one of the top offensive teams in the Gulf South Conference during the pre-conference schedule, outscoring opponents at a 127-55 clip on the year. As a team, West Georgia is hitting .329 on the season, led by junior center fielder Cade Marlowe, who is hitting .468 with a team-leading 21 RBI, an on-base percentage of .527 and he has nine stolen bases on the year. He leads a quartet of players who are hitting .380 or better on the year, including Logan Taylor (.390), Christopher Michals (.389), and Ben Utley (.386).
WOLVES ON THE MOUND
West Georgia has been solid with the pitching staff this season, led by Greyson McLeod, Wes Bucher, and Andres Fernandez, who is the reigning GSC and Region Pitcher of the Week. Fernandez is 2-0 on the year with a 2.81 ERA, and he leads the team with 22 strikeouts in 16.0 innings of work. He tossed seven innings of shutout ball in relief last weekend, striking out 15. McLeod and Bucher were nearly unhittable in the early part of the season, with Mcleod doing most of his work in a starters role and Bucher out of the bullpen. Bucher leads the team with three wins thus far on the year.