The No. 3 West Florida baseball team overcame missed opportunities and a pair of errors to defeat North Georgia 8-5 Tuesday afternoon at Jim Spooner Field.
The Argonauts (18-4) totaled 13 hits and eight walks but stranded 14 base runners and used five different pitchers in the win. The Nighthawks (12-11) totaled 13 hits as well, but left nine on base.
“Well it wasn’t a real pretty game,” UWF coach Mike Jeffcoat said. “Matt Vollenweider came in behind Matt Rodriques and did a great job holding it.
“We had some hits up and down the lineup, but missed a lot of opportunities. We got some pitchers in there that hadn’t pitched in a while. We were able to close it out, and we threw more strikes than they did. It wasn’t one of the prettier games, but we’re happy with the win.”
Trailing 1-0, Vollenweider (Canton, Ga./Chattahoochee Valley CC) entered the second inning with the bases loaded and no one out. He allowed one run to score, but got out of the inning without further damage.
Vollenweider pitched a career-high six shutout innings, allowing seven hits and one walk while striking out four. UWF scored one run in the bottom of the third and took the lead, 4-1, with a three-run fifth inning to put Vollenweider in line for the victory.
Mike Flaherty (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips HS) struggled in the eighth, allowing three runs, one earned. Josh McLaney (Laurel Hill, Fla./Paxton HS) got him out of the jam with a spotless inning pitched, but not before UNG tied the game 5-5.
The Argos rallied with a three-run eighth inning, and Alex Stevens (Pensacola, Fla./Lurleen B. Wallace CC) closed the ninth for his sixth save of the season.
Five hitters recorded multi-hit games and every hitter reached base at least once.