West Georgia Tech Knights open ABAC series with 11-8 win

West Georgia Tech Knights open ABAC series with 11-8 win

DOUGLASVILLE, Georgia – West Georgia Tech won its series opener over the top team in the conference standings, with an 11-8 victory over ABAC Wednesday afternoon in Douglasville.

ABAC came into the series with a two-game lead in the conference standings at 13-3 but could not overcome a 16-hit attack from the Golden Knights. West Georgia Tech improved to 14-15 overall and 7-10 in the conference, which puts them in fifth place in the GCAA standings.

WGTC trailed 3-1 going into the bottom of the fifth but then scored nine unanswered runs over the next three innings – including a five-run seventh - to take a commanding 11-3 lead. The Stallions answered with three in the eighth and two in the ninth and had the tying run at the plate in the ninth with two outs.

Ty Wood closed the game with a strikeout to end the threat. Wood came on in relief with two outs in the eighth inning and pitched through the ninth.

Trevor Billings got the start and went 5.1 innings allowing three runs while scattering twelve hits. Andrew Weekley pitched 2.1 innings of middle relief, allowing three runs – none of them earned - on three hits.

"Trevor Billings did a nice job in the starting role replacing Corey Fehribach who is out with an injury right now," said West Georgia Tech head coach Todd Pratt. "Our bats were solid throughout the lineup, especially in the middle of the game when we made that run. It seemed like everybody in the lineup contributed today."

In fact, every West Georgia Tech starter had at least one hit.

ABAC out-hit West Georgia Tech 18-16, but the Golden Knights produced big in the middle innings.

Evan Hilton led the Golden Knights with three hits and 2 RBIs. Davis Aiken, Bryce Todd, Andy Mocahbee, Zach Sims and Brandon Bone all collected two hits for WGTC. Bone, Billings, Hilton and Sims all hit doubles for West Georgia Tech.

West Georgia Tech will make the trip down to Tifton on Thursday for game two of the series, which gets underway at 3 p.m. The two teams will conclude the series with a doubleheader on Friday starting at 1 p.m.

"This was a good way to start the week against a very good team," Pratt said. "We'll have to get some rest tonight and be ready to go after a long road trip down theretomorrow. We have some big games coming up that will determine whether or not we finish in the top half of the conference and I like our confidence right now, especially at the plate."

ABAC   000      300      032      8   18   0

WGTC  100      031      51X      11 16   3