The Wolves (8-9, 1-4 GSC) are coming off a split with West Alabama on Wednesday, where they won the opener, 4-3, before dropping the nightcap, 11-2 in six innings.
Junior third baseman Nicole Yancey, a former Central High School standout, has led UWG offensively, hitting .407 with a .722 slugging percentage, four home runs and 16 RBI, while catcher Heather Crow, a Villa Rica product, is hitting .353 and junior shortstop Haley Richards is hitting .305 with four homers on the year. Megan Roberts has enjoyed a solid start to the 2013 campaign in the circle, going 4-4 with 59 strikeouts in 55.1 innings of work.
The Bulldogs (7-5, 2-4) feature Alex Williams and her .438 batting average, while UNA (14-6, 1-3) is paced by Mallory Patterson, who is hitting .371 with six home runs and 26 RBI. Breanna Riley leads the Lion pitching staff with an 8-2 record and 1.89 ERA.
The Wolves are riding a seven-game winning streak into Livingston, Ala., today, where they’ll open a three-game GSC series against West Alabama with a 3 p.m. doubleheader. The finale is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday.
West Georgia (14-4, 3-0 GSC) got off to a solid start in league play behind a three-game sweep of Christian Brothers last weekend, while the Tigers (8-11, 3-0) are also unbeaten early in GSC play after taking a three-game set from Union.
West Alabama is led by leadoff hitter and All-GSC performer D.J. Turo, who is hitting .351 on the year, while Jack Cockrum (.341 avg.) and Mitch Holgat (.300 avg.) are also hitting .300 or better.
On the hill, Taylor Bratt has been the ace for West Alabama, sporting a 3-1 record with a 1.84 ERA.
For the Wolves, All-GSC selection and catcher Evan Hester and third baseman Dustin Brantley are tied for the team lead at the plate with a .375 average, with Hester driving in 16 runs. Designated hitter T.J. Eifert leads West Georgia with 18 RBI.
Jamie Sexton (3-1, 1.36 ERA) and Chase Riemer (4-1, 2.73 ERA) have led the Wolves on the bump, with Central High School product Randall Wright (3-0, 4.50 ERA) also working his way into the starting rotation recently. Max Aeschlimann (0.71 ERA, 2 saves) and Alex Allen (0.00 ERA, 2 saves) have been doing a bang-up job closing out games for UWG coach Skip Fite.