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WGTC falls short in series opener to South Georgia, 4-3

CARROLLTON, Georgia -- The West Georgia Tech baseball team dropped Tuesday's series opener against the South Georgia State Hawks, 4-3 in Carrollton.
 
West Georgia Tech (5-21, 0-5) trailed 4-1 going into the bottom of the eighth before rallying with a pair of runs to make it a 4-3 ballgame. WGTC stranded the potential tying run at second base and went down quietly in the ninth.
 
South Georgia State (19-13, 4-1) jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a run-scoring single with one out in the second inning.
 
West Georgia Tech tied the game in the bottom of the third on an Aaron Gonzalez two-out single with the bases loaded. WGTC's Jacob Olson was called out at home trying to score from second base on a bang-bang play, so we went to the fourth knotted up at 1-1.
 
South Georgia State broke the tie with a pair of runs in the fifth, which gave the Hawks a 3-1 lead. Another South Georgia run in the seventh proved to be the difference in the game, giving them a 4-1 lead at the time.
 
West Georgia Tech tried to rally after going down in order in four-consecutive innings prior to the eighth, but came up short.
 
Miles Dutton got the start and pitched effectively through 6.2 innings. Dutton allowed four runs -- two earned -- on nine hits while striking out five. He had good control, with no walks allowed.
 
Austin Goff and Matt Orange combined for 2.1 innings of scoreless relief for WGTC.
 
Avery Roth led West Georgia Tech offensively with a pair of hits, which included a triple. WGTC had six hits in the contest to South Georgia State's nine.
 
West Georgia Tech and South Georgia State will resume the four-game conference series at South Georgia this weekend. Game two of the series will start at 1 p.m. on Friday followed by Saturday's twin bill, also at 1 p.m.
 
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