CARROLLTON, Georgia -- West Georgia Tech bounced back from an 11-0 defeat in Game 1 with a 7-3 victory in Game 2 to earn a split with the Marion Military Institute Tigers Thursday in Carrollton.
WGTC is now 4-3 after handing Marion Military (6-1-1) its first loss of the year in the nightcap.
West Georgia Tech got off to a slow start, dropping the first game by an 11-run margin while managing just one hit to Marion Military's twelve.
The Tigers scored a run in the first on a pair of doubles. Marion Military scored four more in the second, all with two outs. An error and a walk set the table, and the Tigers came through with a pair of singles and a double sandwiched around another WGTC error, and it was 5-0.
A sac fly in the third gave the Tigers a 6-0 lead. MMI added five more runs in the fourth, as they started the inning with a WGTC error and a pair of walks. Two singles, a double and an RBI-groundout brought the five runs home, and Marion Military was up 11-0.
WGTC was unable to get anything going offensively with Adrian Martinez recording the only hit for West Georgia Tech, a single in the fourth.
Austin Goff picked up the loss after going three innings, allowing six runs on eight hits. Only two of the six runs were earned. Zachary Johnson and Jack Ballou pitched the final two innings.
West Georgia Tech bounced back in Game 2, with a 7-3 win to split the twin bill.
Marion Military got on the board first, with an RBI-single with two outs to take a 1-0 lead.
West Georgia Tech broke through in the bottom of the second. Aaron Gonzalez led off with a double followed by a walk to Connor Wilson. After a pair of strikeouts, John Livaditis earned his way on with a walk to load the bases. Adam Pedraza reached on an infield error, which scored Gonzalez to tie the game at 1-1. With the bases still loaded, Logan Tillem drew a walk, scoring another run to give WGTC a 2-1 lead. A groundout ended the threat.
The Tigers tied the game with a run in the top of the third on an RBI-single with one out. MMI had a runner at third with one out but was unable to get him home, so the score remained 2-2 going into the bottom of the third.
Jacob Olson was hit by a pitch to lead off the home half of the third for West Georgia Tech. A fly out followed by a groundout moved Olson into scoring position and Eidson took advantage with a clutch two-out single to score Olson and put WGTC back in front, 3-2.
It stayed 3-2 until the bottom of the fifth. Olson again led off the inning, this time reaching on an error. Gonzalez and Wilson hit back-to-back singles to give WGTC a 4-2 lead. Tucker Breen hit a sacrifice fly to make it 5-2. Livaditis reached on an error, scoring Connor Wilson to stretch West Georgia Tech's lead to 6-2. Adam Pedraza reached on another error by the Tigers, which drove in another WGTC run to make it a 7-2 game.
Marion Military scored a run in the sixth to close out the scoring.
Aaron Gonzalez went 2 for 4 with a pair of runs scored to lead WGTC offensively. Connor Wilson, Josh Eidson and John Livaditis all went 1 for 2 with an RBI.
West Georgia Tech used five pitchers, with Miles Dutton getting the start and lasting three innings, allowing a pair of earned runs on five hits. Matt Orange pitched a pair of scoreless innings in the fourth and fifth. Allen Chumley gave up an unearned run on one hit in the sixth.
Chase Meyer and Tyler Elkins closed the game out in the seventh with three strikeouts. Meyer struck out two around a walk and Elkins finished the game with a strikeout on three pitches.
"I'm proud of the way that we bounced back after the tough start," said West Georgia Tech head coach Todd Pratt. "We came out sluggish and didn't really wake up until it was too late. We are a young team and our guys have to learn to battle when things are not going our way. We played much better in the second game. Our pitching in the second game was solid and that's what you want to see as a coach."
West Georgia Tech will continue the home stand with a twin bill against Southern Union on Monday, starting at 1:05 p.m. in Carrollton. WGTC home games are played at Central High School in Carrollton.