Andress throw one-hitter; West Georgia Tech evens series with 7-0 win over South Georgia State

Andress throw one-hitter; West Georgia Tech evens series with 7-0 win over South Georgia State
DOUGLASVILLE, Georgia – Nick Andress threw a one-hitter through eight innings as West Georgia Tech shut out South Georgia State College 7-0 Thursday afternoon to even the four-game series up at 1-1.

West Georgia Tech ended South Georgia's 11-game winning streak and handed the Hawks their first conference loss of the season.

WGTC is now 9-7 overall and 3-3 in conference play while South Georgia dropped to 16-6, 5-1.

Andress pitched a gem – his best performance since he has been at West Georgia Tech. The sophomore righty struck out three and walked three while throwing 94 pitches over eight innings of work.

"Nick Andress pitched a heck of a game and shut down a really good ball club," WGTC head coach Todd Pratt said. "He had great command of his stuff out there and he showed how good he can be. That was a big part of the game right there, obviously."

The game was scoreless until West Georgia Tech got on the board with two runs in the home-half of the sixth. The Golden Knights added two more in the seventh on a two-run homer by Andy Mocahbee, and then scored three more times in the eighth to break the game open.

West Georgia Tech had 14 hits – led by Blane Swift who went 3-for-3 with an RBI.

Davis Aiken (2-for-4, RBI), Mocahbee (2-for-5, 2 RBIs) and Trevor Billings (2-for-4, RBI) also had multiple hits for the Golden Knights.

Ty Wood pitched an inning of hitless relief in the ninth for West Georgia Tech.

"Offensively we found some holes today and got some hits with runners in scoring position late in the game. Early on our pitching and defense kept us in the game and then we started to hit the baseball in clutch situations over the last three innings. We beat a good team today and we'll have to continue to play well if we want to win the next two over the weekend."

When the next two games will be played is still in question.
The soggy weather forecast for Friday and Saturday forced the two teams to play the second game of the series on Thursday as opposed to Friday - with two more games still to be played.

Saturday appears unlikely, but Pratt indicated that he is hopeful to finish the series by Sunday with a doubleheader that afternoon.


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