No. 10 Senators complete sweep of Dyersburg State
DYERSBURG — The 10th ranked Walters State Senators cranked out 15 hits and got five strong innings from starting pitcher Aaron Quillen in a 10-4 road victory Sunday afternoon at Dyersburg State to complete a three-game Tennessee Community College Athletic Association series sweep.
James Fowlkes, Austin Taylor and Reed Hayes each drove in two runs, Taylor, Ross Grosvenor and Dathan Prewett added three hits and Michael Smith had three stolen bases to lead Walters State to the big victory.
With the win, the Senators improve to 32-10 overall and 17-4 in TCCAA action, which keeps them one game behind first place Columbia State with just six region games left.
The loss drops the Eagles to 13-20 on the year and 6-15 in league play.
Walters State was never threatened, as they built an 8-0 lead before Dyersburg State plated four runs in the sixth inning. It was the only inning the Eagles scored in all weekend against the Senators, as WSCC held the home team scoreless for 19 innings to begin the series before surrendering the runs in the sixth.
Quillen (6-1) played a big part in that with five scoreless innings, as he scattered three hits and struck out four. Grant Painter allowed four runs – two earned – on three hits while recording just one out in the sixth, but Campbell Scholl, Will Carter and Andrew Towns combined to scatter two hits in 3.2 innings of scoreless relief.
Smith and Jake Farr added two hits in the win, with Smith, Prewett and Taylor all scoring a pair of runs each for the Senators.
Walters State pushed four runs across the plate in the second inning, with Taylor delivering an RBI single for the opening run. Hayes added a sacrifice fly to plate a run, and Prewett smacked an RBI double and later scored on an error to make it 4-0.
Grosvenor and Taylor both had RBI singles in the third, and Smith walked, stole second and scored on a grounder by Fowlkes in the fourth. Farr smacked an RBI single in sixth to make it 8-0.
The Eagles scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut the deficit in half, but they only got two base runners aboard in the final three innings. Fowlkes had an RBI grounder in the eighth and Taylor doubled and scored on an RBI single by Hayes in the ninth to provide the final run of the contest.
Ricky Heagarty was saddled with the loss after giving up six runs – five earned – on seven hits in just 2.1 innings of work. Chaise Claudio and Taylor Ellis had two hits each in the defeat.
The Senators will return to action Tuesday when they host NJCAA Division II power Catawba Valley (27-6) at Senator Field. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.
-From Staff Reports