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UWG deals ‘Canes a 9-0 shutout; GSW drops to 23-24

From STAFF REPORTS

CARROLLTON – The Georgia Southwestern baseball team struggled in a 9-0 loss against the University of West Georgia Wolves on April 26 at Cole Field in Carrollton.
The Hurricanes had their overall record dip a game under .500 this spring to 23-24. GSW finished the non-conference portion of their schedule with a mark of 17-3 as two of the three defeats came at the hands of the Wolves. West Georgia improved to 15-1 in non-conference games in 2016 and 34-12 overall.
As it would turn out, the Wolves scored all of the runs they would need in their first at bat of the ballgame as lead-off hitter Artemis Kadkhodaian belted a home run to left center. West Georgia added another run later in the inning.
The Wolves came back with single runs in the second and third innings before extending their lead to 6-0 with two more in the fifth.
Caleb Lopes put an exclamation mark on the win for West Georgia with a two-run blast in the seventh. It was the Wolves’ third round-tripper of the game and part of a three-run inning.
GSW starter, Layne Gusler (1-7), was tagged with the loss after running into trouble in the first. Gusler pitched two innings and allowed three runs. Mitch Holloway followed with two and two-thirds innings on the hill. Matt Hubbard pitched one and one-third innings. Chad Adkins closed out the contest with two scoreless frames.
West Georgia starting pitcher, T.J. Watson (3-2), covered his five innings to pick up the win.
Will Redding and Dakota Long accounted for four of the Hurricanes’ six hits. Redding turned in a two-for-three effort that included a double. Long went two-for-four with a double. GSW has gone 21 consecutive innings without scoring a run.
The Hurricanes wrap up their season with a three-game Peach Belt Conference series at Young Harris College this weekend. Game one against the Mountain Lions was played on April 29. The results of this contest were not available at press time. The teams will return to action on April 30 at 1:00 p.m.