By Matt Green
CARROLLTON, Ga. – West Georgia hurler Jamie Sexton worked a four-hit, complete game shutout and the host Wolves wore down Hawks' ace Stuart Charleston in a 7-0 victory over Shorter in the finale of a three-game Gulf South Conference series on Sunday.
The win improves the Wolves to 17-8 overall and 6-3 in the GSC. Shorter, which has won six of eight despite Sunday's loss, move to 8-15 and 5-4 in league play.
For much of the game, Sexton and Charleston traded blows, taking turns mowing down their opponents on the hill. The only run through the game's first five innings came in the bottom half of the second, when West Georgia's Blake McLemore came home from third on a failed pickoff attempt, staking the hosts a 1-0 lead.
The Wolves went up 3-0 with a two-out rally in the sixth, as a hit batsman after the first two batters of the inning were retired led to back-to-back, two-out RBI singles from T.J. Eifert and Trey Dickson.
Another two-out RBI – a single by Evan Hester – made it 4-0 in the seventh before the Wolves finally chased Charleston with a three-spot in the eighth. Four of West Georgia's seven runs came with two outs.
Charleston left the game after giving up four earned runs on 12 hits in 7.1 innings. He struck out five and walked none in another warrior-like effort on the rubber. Jesse Gavigan led Shorter offensively, going 1-for-4 with a double. Cal Hardie, Michael Miranda and Walker Borneman also recorded hits for the Hawks.
Sexton struck out six and walked one to earn the win and help West Georgia take the series after the two teams split on Saturday. The Wolves outhit Shorter 13-4 in Sunday's rubber match.
The Hawks return to action on Tuesday, March 19 when Albany State visit the Robert H. Ledbetter Complex for a non-league doubleheader beginning at 1 pm.