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No. 12 Senators sweep USC Salkehatchie
 February 16, 2013

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. – The 12th ranked Walters State Senators swept a home doubleheader with USC Salkehatchie Friday afternoon, allowing only one run in 15 innings of action.
Senators’ pitchers Josh Peterson, Grant Painter, Taylor Patterson and Chase Cunningham allowed only six hits in the twinbill and WSCC never trailed in improving to 6-4 on the season.

The losses dropped the Indians to 5-6 on the campaign.

The Senators got on the board first in the second inning of the opener on a solo homer from Shane Riley, and they added another run in the third on a sacrifice fly by Reid Mathews that scored Michael Smith to make it 2-0.

Walters State broke it open in the fourth. Riley started the rally with a one-out double and scored on a single by Dustin Woody. Matt Harrell walked and Smith drove in two runs with a double. After Elijah Sutherland was hit by a pitch, Jake Farr ripped a two-run triple to extend the lead to 7-0.

The Indians plated a run in the top of the fifth on a grounder by Chris Hall, but that was all USC Salkehatchie could get on Walters State starter Peterson.

Peterson (2-1) picked up the win by tossing six innings and scattering four hits while allowing on earned run. Painter pitched a perfect seventh with two strikeouts to close the game.

Kelvin Minnig (1-2) took the loss for the Indians.

In the nightcap, the Senators plated three runs in the third and three more in the fourth and fifth innings to take control of the game.

Sutherland singled and scored on a wild pitch in the third before Mathews and Riley both singled and scored on a two-run double by Allen to make it 3-0.

In the fourth, Chris Hipchen led off with an infield single and moved to third after a Harrell walk and a sacrifice bunt from Sutherland. Farr added a sacrifice fly to drive in Hipchen, and Riley tagged a two-run double to extend the lead to 6-0.

Walters State added three more runs to the lead in the fifth, scoring on an error and a two-run double by Mathews to push the margin to 9-0.

The Indians loaded the bases in the top of the seventh with one out by Senators starting pitcher Patterson recorded two strikeouts to end the threat.

Walters State ended it in the eight by loading the bases and plating a run on a fielder’s choice by Bryan Bussey.

Patterson (1-2) picked up the win after tossing seven innings of shutout ball and allowing only two hits. Cunningham tossed a perfect eighth with three strikeouts.

Marcellius Kennerly (0-1) took the loss on the mound.

The Senators will be back in action Monday when they host Tusculum College for a single nine-inning game. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.

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