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Senators heading to Grand Junction for the sixth time
 May 18, 2013

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. – For the sixth time in program history, the Walters State Senators are heading to the crown jewel of junior college baseball in Grand Junction, Colo.

The Senators shutout the Columbia State Chargers Saturday afternoon, 6-0, in the NJCAA East Central District Tournament championship game, clinching the sixth trip to the JUCO World Series for WSCC and fifth trek out west under coach Ken Campbell.

With the win, Walters State improves to 37-16 on the season and will play the winner of the NJCAA Eastern District on Saturday at Sam Suplizio Field beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

The loss ends the year for the Chargers with a 36-21 record.

After a scoreless first inning, the Senators grabbed the lead in the second. Colin Bennett, one of the heroes of Friday’s game, belted a solo homer over the 370 sign in left center to give Walters State a 1-0 lead.

The Chargers threatened in the top of the third against Walters State starting pitcher Jay Gause by putting two runners on with a single and an error with no outs, but they could not score. Dustin Delgado singled to right, but Ronnie Jebavy was thrown out at the plate by right fielder Jared Allen to keep the Chargers scoreless.

Gause continued to hold Columbia State’s offense at bay, and his teammates added to the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Jake Farr smoked the first pitch of the inning from Chargers starter Jake McDougal into the right center gap for a double. After a sacrifice bunt by Elijah Sutherland, Farr scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.

Gause worked a perfect seventh, and Walters State broke the game open in the bottom of the frame. Jared Allen was hit by a pitch, and Dustin Woody followed with the first home run of his collegiate career. On the next pitch, Bennett smashed a solo homer, his second of the day and third of the weekend, and Farr added an RBI single to push the margin to 6-0.

Gause allowed a hit in each of the final two innings, but he did not allow the Chargers to cross the plate to complete the shutout.

Gause (8-5) struck out six, walked two and allowed five hits in the complete game effort, as the Senators surrendered only one run in their two games in the tournament.

Farr, Bennett and Michael Smith each had two hits in the win for Walters State.

Josh Wilson had a pair of hits for the Chargers, with Delgado, TJ Diffenderfer and Jebavy each adding a hit in the loss.

Jake McDougal (3-2) was tagged with the loss after giving up six earned runs on five hits in 6.1 innings. Jordan Collier scattered three hits in 1.2 innings of relief work.

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