The University of West Georgia baseball team stunned its rival on Saturday, defeating Valdosta State, 6-5, in the opener of a Gulf South Conference East doubleheader in Valdosta.
Although the Wolves (11-21, 2-3 GSC East) fell 17-3 in the nightcap, the split was a strong start in the three-game series.
Though West Georgia received contributions from many in the game one win, the biggest hero was Alex Wilson. The freshman reliever from Rockmart spun 3.2 innings of one-hit, shutout relief to post his fifth victory of the season.
The Wolves found themselves down 5-3 after Wilson worked out of inherited trouble in the bottom of the sixth. They cut their deficit to just a run in the top of the seventh as B.J. Smith stroked a one-out single, and then scored as Chris King lined a double to right center.
UWG’s game-winning rally began with one out in the eighth as Seth Reber drew a walk. Ryan Sever then singled through the left side, followed by a single through the middle by Ben Lillis to score Reber with the tying run. Next, pinch-hitter Andrew Parrish roped a hit the right center to score Sever with what proved to be the game-winner.
The Wolves and Blazers (26-14, 3-5 GSC East) conclude their three-game series today at 1 p.m.