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Senators split road doubleheader at No. 4 Catawba Valley
 April 11, 2013

HICKORY, N.C. – The Walters State Senators split a road doubleheader at NJCAA Division II’s fourth ranked Catawba Valley Wednesday, using a comeback from a five-run deficit to win the opener before falling in 10 innings in the nightcap.

The Senators (26-13) trailed 5-0 in the first game but scored five runs in the third and scored a run in the sixth to pick up a 6-5 victory at Henkel Allen Field.

The nightcap saw a late rally from Walters State come up empty, as the Senators forced extra innings with two runs in the top of the seventh with two outs before losing in the 10th inning, 3-2, on an unearned run by the Buccaneers (24-8).

Matt Harrell, Dustin Woody and Bryan Bussey each had two hits for WSCC in the opening win, while Elijah Sutherland, Reid Mathews and Jake Farr each added a hit. Farr’s knock was the game-winning RBI double in the top of the sixth inning.

Ryan Smith and Zechariah Wiggs each had two hits in the loss for Catawba Valley.

Tyler Brosius got the start on the mound for the Senators in the opener and allowed five runs – four earned – on six hits in three innings before Zach Walton took over. Walton (4-0) scattered a pair of hits and allowed nothing else in four innings to get the win.

Dustin Greene took the loss in relief after giving up three runs – one earned – on four hits in four innings of work.

The Bucs plated five runs in the second to take a 5-0 lead, but the Senators responded in the third.

Harrell ripped an RBI single to open the scoring for Walters State before runs scored on an error and a wild pitch. Bryan Bussey followed with a two-run double, knotting the score at 5.

The score remained tied until the top of the sixth. Woody doubled to lead off the frame and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Bussey. Farr followed with a double that proved to be the game winner.

In the nightcap, Mathews and Farr both had two hits each, with Mathews and Harrell driving in the lone runs of the game in the seventh.

Wiggs had three hits and Stefan Susi added two base knocks in the win for the Bucs.

Jay Gause (6-4) was saddled with the loss in relief after giving up an unearned run on a hit in one-plus innings. Chase Cunningham started and allowed two earned runs on two hits in three innings. Corey Greeson pitched five scoreless frames, giving up just three hits and striking out six.

Dallas Connor got the win for Catawba Valley in relief, as he was the final of six hurlers for the home team. Connor scattered two hits in his three innings of action.

After the Bucs scored two runs in the second inning, it appeared that would be the final score until the Senators rallied in the seventh with two outs. Farr and Michael Smith both singled before Sutherland walked to load the bases, and Harrell drew a walk to score the first run. Mathews followed with an RBI single, tying the score and forcing extra frames.

The score remained the same until the bottom of the 10th inning. Susi doubled and scored after two straight errors to win the game.

The Senators will be back in action Friday when they open a three-game home TCCAA series with Cleveland State at Senator Field. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. for the single game, with a doubleheader scheduled on Saturday at noon.

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