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No. 10 Lady Senators split series with Columbia State
 March 15, 2014

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. -- With the first place team in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association softball standings in town this weekend, the 10th ranked Walters State Lady Senators had a chance to make a statement, but the weekend ended with mixed results.

WSCC split a home doubleheader with Columbia State Saturday afternoon, which resulted in a split of the four-game series over the weekend.

The Lady Senators rode the arm of sophomore pitcher Taylor Green in the opener to a 4-0 victory to pull within a game of the Lady Chargers in the TCCAA standings, but Columbia State used four unearned runs in the nightcap to pull out a 6-2 win to split the twinbill and the series.

With the split, Walters State is now 17-5 overall on the year and 12-4 in TCCAA action. The Lady Chargers keep their spot atop the league standings, as they are now 14-2 in region play and 17-12 overall.

The Lady Senators grabbed an early lead in the opening game Saturday and let Green do the rest on the mound. Green (6-0) allowed just three hits in the contest and wiggled out of a pair of jams to throw the shutout.

Ashli Rogers reached on an error in the second inning, Olivia Lawson walked and Kendi King worked her way aboard by reaching on an error to load the bases with no outs. After Columbia State pitcher Shelby Dawson struck out the next two batters, Kelsey Nave reached on a dropped pop fly that plated two runs to give WSCC a 2-0 lead.

The Lady Senators added another unearned run in the fourth when King reached on an error and scored on a double by Nave to make it 3-0. The final run scored in the fifth when Ashley Starnes drew a bases loaded walk to plate Rogers to provide the final score of 4-0.

Lauren Dreitlein led WSCC with two hits in the win while Rogers, Nave and Amber Cook each had a hit for the Lady Senators.

Dawson, who took the loss on the mound, had two hits in the loss. She allowed four runs - one earned - on five hits in five innings in the defeat.

In the nightcap, the Lady Chargers scored a pair of unearned runs in both the first and third innings and never trailed on their way to salvaging a split of the series.

The lone runs of the game for the Lady Senators came on a two-run homer by Andrea McMillian in the fourth inning. Columbia State rebounded with runs in the final two innings to seal the win.

Rebecca Curtis had two hits and Carmen Whitfield homered in the win for the Lady Chargers.

King, Rogers, Lawson, Cook, McMillian and Alyssa King each had a hit in the defeat.

Hayley Smothers picked up the win by allowing two earned runs on four hits in four innings, while Brooke Herron worked three scoreless innings of relief and surrendered just two hits.

Emily Kendrick (6-2) was saddled with the defeat after allowing five runs - one earned - on five hits in five-plus innings.

The Lady Senators will be back in action Wednesday when they host Spartanburg Methodist. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 2 p.m.

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