The University of West Georgia Baseball team is riding a tremendous hot streak heading into the final part of the regular season. Head Coach Skip Fite’s squad is 27-10 on the season with a conference record of 15-9 and are currently playing better than they have all year. The Wolves have won their previous 10 games.
According to Coach Fite, the team’s success is predicated on team chemistry and their strong offensive production. The players’ chemistry has built over the course of the year, and they have started clicking on and off the diamond.
“We have a lot of guys that enjoy being around each other and really want to go out and play hard for each other,” said Fite. “When the entire team has the desire to give their all for each other, it gives us the confidence to be able to compete with anybody in the country.”
The team’s offensive production has been the catalyst for the team’s success, as they are getting production from the top and bottom of the lineup. According to Fite, the team is averaging between eight to ten runs per game.
“We’ve got a lot of batters in this lineup who are really hot right now,” said Fite. “Any one of these guys can do damage at the plate at any time. And when you combine that with our pitching, we have a squad that can be tough to stop.”
The pitching for the Wolves has also been spectacular with a combined Earned Run Average of 3.77, which has kept the opposing batters off the base paths. The pitching staff is led by its workhorse, Brandon Goldsmith, who leads the team in innings pitched and is undefeated on the season with a record of 7-0.
Currently, the Wolves are in fifth place in the Gulf South Conference with 12 games against conference opponents remaining. The top six teams in the conference play in a Conference Tournament at the end of the year, with the top team going to the Regional Playoffs. There are also some at-large bids available for teams that have been successful but did not win their conference tournament. Coach Fite believes that his team need to win the Gulf South Tournament to make it to the NCAA Regional tournament.
“When you hear fifth place it doesn’t seem that good,” said Fite. “But there are so many good teams at the top of the conference that all have really close records. If we stay hot, we could go from fifth to second in two games. That’s how close it is.”
The Wolves look to build on their sensational win streak with a three game weekend series against arch rival Valdosta State. The games were not finished in time for publication.
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