Wednesday, May 8, 2013
In a rain-lengthened 2013 Gulf South Conference Tournament, four teams have been sent home and four remain. Top-seeded Delta State, #5 Valdosta State, #6 West Alabama and #7 West Georgia will duke it out at Cole Field in Carrollton, GA over the next two days to determine this year's GSC Champion and automatic bid recipient into the 2013 South Regional.
Wednesday's games at Cole Field will begin at noon, with Delta State taking on West Alabama. At 4:00 p.m., the Wolves will take on VSU, with the winners of each game to meet on Thursday for one and perhaps two games, if necessary.
With a win on Monday, UWG put themselves into this position, knocking out fourth-seeded North Alabama and setting up a showdown on Wednesday with the fifth-seeded Valdosta State Blazers. The Wolves bested #2 Alabama-Huntsville 2-1 on opening day last week, then fell to West Alabama 4-3 on Friday.
The Blazers enter Wednesday's games with a 3-0 record at this year's tournament, having beaten UNA, top-seed Delta State and then taking the winner's bracket final on Tuesday with a win over West Alabama.
West Georgia and rival VSU have met three times this season, with the Blazers holding a 2-1 advantage in the season series. The Wolves lost the opening game in Valdosta on March 29, 7-0, then fell in the second game 5-1 before coming back and winning the final game of the series 6-1.
Head coach Skip Fite will likely stay with his rotation and start nine-game winner Jamie Sexton against the Blazers in tomorrow's contest. Sexton took a loss in the second game of the series against VSU earlier this season, but was named First Team All-GSC last week. He started the Wolves' win over UAH in the GSC tournament opener, going eight innings and allowing just four hits.
The tournament began last Thursday at AT&T Field in Chattanooga, Tenn., home of the Double-A Lookouts. But after a rain-soaked weekend, the tourney was moved to Carrollton with West Georgia hosting at Cole Field, where it has been for two days.
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