PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 4 West Florida baseball team won their 10th straight game and swept their third consecutive opponent on Sunday at Jim Spooner Field. The Argonauts defeated Gulf South Conference opponent West Georgia 8-1, improving to 24-4 on the season and 5-1 in the GSC. The Wolves dropped to 8-17 overall and 1-7 in conference play.
Reigning GSC pitcher of the Week Daniel Vargas-Vila (5-1) (Jacksonville, Fla./Wallace State CC-Dothan (St. Joseph Academy) hurled his third complete game on the season leading the Argos to victory. Vargas-Vila allowed just one run on six hits while striking out seven. Junior Taye Larry (Panama City, Fla./Wallace State CC-Dothan (Mosley HS) and senior Dustin Lawley (Bessemer, Ala./Wallace State CC-Hanceville (Bessemer Academy) led the UWF offensively. Larry went 3-5 with five RBI while Lawley went 2-3, scoring twice, and one RBI on a solo homerun.
West Florida struck first in the bottom of the second inning plating three runs. An RBI sacrifice fly by Tyler Hastings (Valparaiso, Fla./Niceville HS) brought in Korey Domenick (Festus, Mo./Mineral Area (Festus HS) and a two RBI single up the middle by Larry drove in Brandon Brewer (Apopka, Fla./Apopka HS) and Zach Taylor (Vandiver, Ala./Wallace State CC-Hanceville (Coosa Valley Academy), making the score 3-0.
Lawley got things started for UWF in the bottom of the third with a leadoff double down the left field line and later came in on a RBI fielder’s choice by Josh Huggins (Bay Minette, Ala./Faulkner State CC (Baldwin County HS), increasing the Argos lead to 4-0. The Wolves got on the board in the top of the sixth plating a run while the Argos rolled a 6-4-3 double play, making the score 4-1.
Lawley got that run back for West Florida blasting his third homerun of the week, on a solo homerun in the bottom of the seventh expanding the lead 5-1. The Argos tacked on three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth as they sailed to victory over the Wolves 8-1.
The No. 4 West Florida baseball team will be on the road this Tuesday March 22 at Columbus State. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.