The first game was highlighted by the performance of Jonathan Black on the mound. The junior threw 8.1 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts to earn the win. Black had a five-hit shutout going until running into trouble in the ninth inning.
West Georgia (5-2) got the scoring started when Evan Hester singled home Jake Shirley in the first, then Keith Borger scored Tyler Landmon with a single in the fourth before scoring on an error. Dylan Coleman broke the game open two batters later with a bases-loaded single, driving home Landmon and Shirley for the 4-0 lead.
The fifth inning brought home two more runs and that was more than enough for Black and Max Aeschlimann, who got a pair of strikeouts to end the game.
The nightcap took 11 innings to be decided.
Augusta State (3-3) got on the board first this time around, scoring on a pair of doubles in the first inning. The Wolves would finally get going in the sixth inning. After picking up just one hit through the first five innings, Shirley led off with a walk, Blake McLemore singled and Coleman brought in the tying run. Hester’s sacrifice fly scored McLemore for the 2-1 lead.
The Jaguars would score in the seventh to tie the game at 2-all and force extra innings.
In the eighth inning, Shirley’s single scored Landmon for the short-lived lead as again ASU answered with a run of its own in the bottom half of the frame to keep the game going. In the 11th it was Landmon bringing home Shirley and Randall Wright finished things up on the mound.
The Wolves return home this weekend to host Lynn, starting with a 12:30 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.
The 2013 season didn’t quite get underway as the Wolves (0-2) hoped, dropping 3-0 and 3-2 contests at Georgia Northwestern on Sunday.
Georgia Southwestern (7-3) scored all three of its runs in the first game in the fourth inning, the only time it was able to get to Katie Shultes in her collegiate debut. Unfortunately, it was enough for the win.
The second game looked to be going in UWG’s favor, as Nicole Yancey brought home Megan Garcia with a single in the sixth inning for the first run of the game — and first Wolves’ run of the year. But just as UWG did, Georgia Southwestern got on the board in the home half to tie things up.
In the seventh, Garcia was hit with the bases loaded to bring home Elizabeth Burton, as UWG went up by a run again. Yancey almost broke the game open, but her deep fly ball to center stayed in the park, was caught and Danielle Combs was thrown out at the plate trying to tag up.
The Hurricanes scored two in the bottom of the seventh to walk off with the win and the sweep.
West Georgia returns to Carrollton for its home opener on Wednesday at 2 p.m. against USC-Aiken.