The University of West Georgia baseball team doubled-up Georgia College in the 2018 home opener on Tuesday afternoon, capturing an 8-4 victory at Cole Field to improve to 4-0 on the young season.
Trailing 4-1 after four innings, the Wolves rallied with two runs in the fifth and then put a 5-spot on the board in the sixth behind an impressive relief effort from junior right-hander Wes Bucher (2-0), who tossed five shutout innings with four hits, no walks and four strikeouts to earn the win.
Price Peters pulled UWG within 4-3 on his two-run blast in the fifth inning before taking the lead in the next frame, needing just three hits to plate the five runs, as two Georgia College errors resulted in four unearned runs.
West Georgia third baseman Ben Utley (3-for-5, RBI) and first baseman Logan Taylor (2-for-4, 2 runs) had multiple-hit efforts, while Peters drove in three runs and leadoff hitter Brian Dansereau had two RBI.
The Wolves open Gulf South Conference play on Friday when West Alabama comes to town for a three-game series. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. on Friday, followed by a noon doubleheader on Saturday.
The West Georgia Technical College baseball team avenged last week's season-opening sweep against Central Alabama Community College by turning the tables on the Trojans in a pair of pitching duels, winning 1-0 and 3-0 seven-inning decisions on Tuesday afternoon.
In Game 1, the Golden Knights (3-3) scratched across a run with two outs in the first when sophomore Tony Matos reached on an error, stole second and scored on an RBI single off the bat of Jacob Earley.
That proved to be enough for the tandem of Cullen Monette and Jalan Daniels on the mound. Monette worked the first five innings and yielded no runs on three hits to earn the win, while Daniels fired the final two shutout frames to register the save.
In Game 2, neither team had a runner advance past second base through the first five innings. Finally, WGTC broke through in the bottom of the sixth after Adrian Martinez led off with a single to center. Justin Guyton followed up with a single to left and Matos drew a walk to load the bases with no outs.
Following a force out at the plate, a pair of wild pitches brought home Guyton and Matos and Danny Vargas made it a 3-0 contest with a sacrifice fly to center.
Freshman hurler Aubrey Davis delivered the second shutout of the day for WGTC, allowing two hits with one walk and six strikeouts in the complete-game effort.
The Golden Knights hit the road for a 1:30 p.m. contest at Southern Union on Thursday.