W. GA Tech sweeps three game series against Vincennes University

W. GA Tech sweeps three game series against Vincennes University


DOUGLASVILLE, Georgia – West Georgia Tech swept a doubleheader from visiting Vincennes University (Ind.) Saturday afternoon, 10-9 in game one and 11-6 in game two.

The Golden Knights improved to 2-3 on the year while Vincennes fell to 0-2.

West Georgia Tech overcame deficits of four runs in the first game and three runs in the second game to earn the wins.

"We had a great day at the plate, and that is pretty much the reason that we won both games," West Georgia Tech head coach Todd Pratt said. "We had some guys that really battled and came through with some big hits. We had guys that came in and pitched in relief to keep us in both games, and that was a key for us. I can't say enough about our defense - I think we only had two errors all day. Just a nice way to bounce back to give our guys some confidence."

West Georgia Tech won the first game 10-9 behind a walk-off double by Andy Mocahbee in the bottom of the eighth inning. Mocahbee drove in Corey Fehribach from second base with the winning run.

West Georgia Tech overcame a 7-3 deficit with five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take its first lead in the contest, 8-7. The game went back-and-forth until the seventh when Vincennes scored a run to tie the game at 9-9.

WGTC had 13 hits in the game to 12 for Vincennes.

Mocahbee and Zach Sims both had three hits to lead West Georgia Tech offensively. Mocahbee went 3-for-5 with 2 RBIs while Sims went 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs.

Corey Fehribach (2-for-5, 2 RBI) and Bryce Todd (2-for-5, RBI) also collected multiple hits for West Georgia Tech.

Evan Hilton picked up the win in relief for WGTC as he allowed just one run on two hits in two innings. He struck out three and walked two. Drew Flatford also worked in relief, with 3.2 innings of work – allowing a run on four hits.

West Georgia Tech took game two 11-6 after overcoming another sizable deficit. The Golden Knights trailed 4-1 before a four-run bottom of the third gave WGTC the lead at 5-4.

Vincennes answered with two in the top of the fifth to retake the lead at 6-5, but the Golden Knights responded with a four-run fifth and two more runs in the sixth to close out the scoring.

West Georgia Tech had nine hits in the game. Josh Eidson led the way going 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs. Fehribach had a hit and 3 RBIs.

WGTC batters struck out only twice while earning 12 walks.

Nathan Ragsdale earned the win after pitching 1 and 1/3 scoreless innings. Ty Wood picked up the save with three innings of work allowing two runs on three hits.

With Sunday's  9-4 win the Golden Knights improved to 3-3 on the year while Vincennes fell to 0-3.

WGTC tied the game at 2-2 with two runs in the bottom of the second inning and pulled ahead 6-2 with four runs in the fifth. After VU closed to within 6-4 in the top of the sixth, the Golden Knights had a big three-run inning in the bottom half of the frame to close out the scoring at 9-4.

WGTC won despite being outhit 9-6.

University of Georgia transfer Zach Sims continued his hot streak at the plate, going 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs. Davis Aiken and Corey Fehribach both went 1-for-2 with a pair of RBIs for the Golden Knights.

"Zach Sims has been about as impressive as you can be in the first week of the season," WGTC head coach Todd Pratt said afterwards. "He's knocking the cover off of the ball. We didn't get a ton of hits today but we hit the ball hard and we were opportunistic with those hits in some key situations."

Fehribach had a solid outing on the mound for West Georgia Tech. The sophomore threw six innings of seven-hit baseball and allowed four runs – all earned.

Josh Booth (1.2 innings, 0 runs, 2 hits) and Nick Andress (1.1 innings, 0 runs, 0 hits) combined in relief for West Georgia Tech. Andress picked up the save.

"Fehribach had a good day," Pratt said. "All of our pitchers today did a great job out there. Our defense was just outstanding. We only had two errors all weekend and our infield made some plays that we haven't ever made around here. So I'm excited about that as well."

West Georgia Tech returns to action Tuesday at home against Chattanooga State. Tuesday's doubleheader starts at 1:05 p.m. in Douglasville.