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No. 12 Senators split with Cleveland State
 February 24, 2013

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – The 12th ranked Walters State Senators used a five-run fifth inning to grab the win in the opener before suffering a shutout loss in the second game of a road non-conference doubleheader with TCCAA rival Cleveland State, Saturday.
The Senators (8-5) rode the arm of sophomore Chattanooga State transfer Taylor Patterson in the opener and got three RBIs and a homer from University of Tennessee transfer Jared Allen in posting an 8-3 win in the lid lifter.

The nightcap was a different story, as Walters State belted seven hits but could not push a run across in a 4-0 loss to the Cougars (8-4) and starting pitcher Thomas Huddleston.

In the opener, the Senators plated a pair of runs in the first inning and never trailed. Allen drove in a run after being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and Reid Mathews scored on a passed ball to make it 2-0.

After the Cougars scored a run in the bottom half of the first, neither team scored again until the fifth inning. Allen ripped an RBI double for the Senators, Dustin Woody added a sacrifice fly for an RBI, Matt Harrell ripped an RBI single, Jake Farr added a run scoring base hit and another run scored on an error to give the Senators a 7-1 lead.

Allen added a solo homer in the sixth before the Cougars scored two runs in the seventh to produce the final score.

Patterson (2-2) allowed three earned runs on four hits in six-plus innings of work to get the win. Zach Walton recorded the final three outs to close the game.

Brandon Zajac took the loss on the mound for the Cougars after allowing four runs – three earned – on five hits in four-plus innings.

In the nightcap, Walters State couldn’t quite figure out Huddleston, who escaped having runners on in nearly every inning to get the shutout.

Shane Riley, Colin Bennett and Austin Norrell had two hits each for the Senators in the finale.

Cleveland State scored a run in the first, two more in the third and another in the sixth to seal the win.

Huddleston earned the win by going six innings and allowing seven hits while fanning five batters. Andre Wilson retired the side in the seventh to end the game.

Tyler Brosius (0-1) took the loss for the Senators after giving up four earned runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings. Grant Painter retired both batters he faced in relief.

The Senators will be back in action Sunday when they host Sinclair (Ohio) at Senator Field. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 12:30 p.m.

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