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No. 10 Senators finish dominant sweep of Chattanooga State
 March 15, 2014

MORRISTOWN,  Tenn. -- The Walters State Senators put on a dominant display this weekend on the baseball diamond, and they capped it off with a 12-1 mercy rule victory over Tennessee Community College Athletic Association rival Chattanooga State Saturday afternoon at Senator Field.

The 10th ranked Senators briefly trailed early in the game, but they scored four runs in three different innings to hammer the visiting Tigers 12-1 in seven innings to complete a dominating three-game series sweep. WSCC outscored Chattanooga 28-1 on the weekend.

With the win, the Senators remain in first place in the TCCAA standings, as they are now 22-7 overall and 11-1 in region action. The loss dropped Chattanooga State to 13-9 overall and 6-6 in league play.

After two scoreless innings to open the game, the Tigers finally broke through in the third inning after being shut out twice Friday afternoon.

Tre Lawrence reached on a fielder's choice against Senators starting pitcher Aaron Quillen, and he moved to third after stealing second and advancing on a throwing error. Andy Clay followed with a sacrifice fly to score Lawrence, giving Chattanooga State a 1-0 lead.

Tigers starting pitcher Brennan Swindoll kept the Senators bats at bay through three innings, but WSCC broke loose in the fourth.

Elijah Sutherland singled and moved to second when Michael Smith drew a walk. James Fowlkes followed with a two-run double, but he was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. Austin Norrell and Ross Grosvenor both singled and scored on a two-run double by Brycen Roberts to make it 4-1.

The Senators tacked on four more runs in the sixth inning, with Grosvenor starting the rally with a base hit with one out. Reed Hayes then reach on an error, and Roberts drove in another run with a sharp single. After Jake Farr was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Sutherland smashed a three-run double to extend the lead to 8-1.

WSCC ended it in the bottom of the seventh when Norrell drove in Fowlkes with a sacrifice fly and Farr pounded a three-run homer to right to enforce the mercy rule.

Sutherland, Roberts, Farr, Grosvenor and Norrell each had two hits in the win, with Sutherland, Roberts and Farr all driving in three runs. Fowlkes drove in a pair of runs with a double, while Grosvenor, Hayes, Roberts and Farr all scored two runs in the contest.

Jay Rhoten and Brandon Day each had a hit in the defeat.

Quillen (4-1) was masterful on the mound, allowing just one unearned run on two hits while fanning four batters and walking just one in a complete game. For the weekend, WSCC got three complete games from their starting pitchers, as they combined to allow just one run on seven hits while striking out 20 batters and walking just four in 21 innings of work.

Swindoll was saddled with the defeat after surrendering eight runs - five earned - on 11 hits in six innings.

The Senators will be back in action Wednesday when they travel to Athens to take on Tennessee Wesleyan in a single 9-inning game. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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