CARROLLTON, Ga. - The West Georgia Wolves open the Gulf South Conference Baseball Championship at Choccolocco Park in Oxford, Alabama on Friday afternoon, taking on the second-seeded Mississippi College Choctaws at 2:00 p.m.
Game Date: Friday, May 3
Time: 2 PM (EST)
Location: Oxford, Ala.
Stadium: Choccolocco Park
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Live Audio: uwgsports.com
Last Meeting: February 23-24, 2019
G1: MC 3, West Georgia 1
G2: MC 5, West Georgia 0
G3: MC 14, West Georgia 4
Record vs. MC under Skip Fite: 6-9
Last 10: MC leads 7-3
NEWS AND NOTES
• On March 16, the West Georgia Wolves went into the Alabama Huntsville series with just seven wins on the year and very little prospects for the postseason. A series sweep over the Chargers at home fueled a 19-8 finish to the season, propelling the Wolves into the 2019 Gulf South Conference tournament as the seventh seed.
• This will be the 16th meeting between the Wolves and Choctaws since Skip Fite became head coach at West Georgia. The Choctaws have won seven of the last 10 meetings and hold a 9-6 lead over the Wolves in the series since MC returned to the league.
• This is the 39th season as a head coach for Skip Fite and his 10th at West Georgia. He has won more than 950 games in his career and 252 in his tenure in Carrollton.
• The Wolves are the third-best hitting team in the Gulf South Conference, coming into the 2019 tournament with a team batting average of .300 on the year. West Georgia is second in the league in home runs with 39, behind only Montevallo.
• West Georgia leads the rest of the conference by a wide margin in RBI and extra-base hits. The Wolves have 154 extra-base hits on the year and 312 RBI as a team.
• The Wolves have a 5.29 ERA on the year, good for eighth in the league. West Georgia is second in the conference in total strikeouts, amassing 348 on the year thus far.
ON THE MOUND
• Taylor Boisclair has been the top starter for the Wolves for the bulk of the season. He comes into the tournament with 11 starts on the year and a 3.97 ERA. The junior has been very efficient, striking out 49 batters while walking only nine.
• Junior Ryan Parker has been on a roller coaster ride this year, opening the season as a starter, then spending several weeks working out of the bullpen before returning to a starting role against Auburn-Montgomery on April 13.
• One of the biggest weekends of the year for the staff was against Union. In two victories that weekend, the starting pitchers, Boisclair and Parker, worked a combined 16 innings with 16 strikeouts.
• In that Union series, Boisclair did something that is rare in the modern game of baseball, working a complete nine-inning game in an 8-2 victory for the Wolves. He allowed seven hits and one earned run in picking up his third victory of the year.
• Closer Drew Hayles has been on the money this season and has a team-leading 21 appearances. The hard-throwing right-hander has 35 strikeouts to just four walks and five saves on the season.
• C.J. Fehribach and Wes Bucher are also solid out of the bullpen and that pair have combined for five saves on the year as well. Fehribach has 19 appearances with a 3.79 ERA and 31 strikeouts while Bucher has 18 appearances with a 4.14 ERA and 23 strikeouts.
AT THE PLATE
• Cade Marlowe earned First Team All-GSC honors for the second consecutive year in 2019. He is hitting .387 heading into the tournament and is a dangerous hitter with 18 total extra-base hits. He is the biggest challenge in UWG history on the basepaths, tying the school record with 43 stolen bases on the year, which is good for fourth-best all-time in the conference.
• Logan Taylor has been hitting better than .300 for much of the season, but he went into the Delta State series in early March hitting just .308. Since then, he has rocketed to the top of the league and comes into the weekend with a .388 average on the year.
• Brian Dansereau has had a similar path this year. On March 29, he went into the Lee series with a .219 batting average on the season. In the final month, he raised his average by nearly 100 points and comes into the tournament with a .317 average.
• Dan Oberst started the season as the regular catcher for the Wolves, but an injury forced him to contribute as the designated hitter. He has brought out the power recently, belting three home runs in the last two weeks of the season.
• Nick Poskey and Logan Taylor have been the power guys for the Wolves this season, with Poskey checking into the tournament with eight home runs on the season. His might be the biggest turnaround this year for the Wolves, as he was hitting .173 on March 23 and comes into the tournament at .293 on the year.