MORRISTOWN, Tenn. -- The 18th ranked Walters State Senators tallied four runs in the eighth inning to break a tie and held off a late rally by visiting Sinclair (Ohio) to pull out a 7-6 victory at Senator Field Tuesday afternoon.
The Senators took a 7-3 lead into the ninth, but a three-run triple by pinch-hitter Mark Carpenter pulled the Tartans within a run before Reed Hayes closed out the game by coaxing a fly ball to give Walters State the win.
With the victory, Walters State has won seven straight games to improve to 15-5 on the year. The loss dropped Sinclair to 2-1 on the campaign.
Dathan Prewett and Jake Farr ripped three hits apiece in the win, while Brycen Roberts added two hits and Elijah Sutherland, James Fowlkes, Adam Bolen and Austin Norrell had a hit each in the victory. Prewett and Sutherland each drove in a pair of runs, while Farr, Bolen and Norrell each plated a run for the Senators.
Andrew Towns (2-0) was credited with the win in relief despite allowing three unearned runs on three hits in three-plus innings of work. Grant Painter scattered two earned runs on six hits in three innings as the starter, while Campbell Scholl gave up one earned run on two hits in 2.2 innings of relief. Hayes retired the lone batter he faced to record his first collegiate save.
Taylor Huebner, Keenan Carter and Eric Hansman had two hits each in the loss.
Nathan Helke took the loss for the Tartans after giving up three earned runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning in relief.
The Senators plated a pair of runs in the first inning, as Farr lifted a sacrifice fly to left to plate Prewett after he had singled, stole second and moved to third on a passed ball. Bolen added an RBI grounder, making it 2-0.
Sinclair trimmed a run off the margin in the second on an RBI infield single by Alex Young, but WSCC got it back in the home half of the frame. With two outs, Roberts doubled and scored on a base hit by Prewett to push the margin to 3-1.
The Tartans tied it with single runs in the third and sixth innings, and it remained knotted at 3 until the Senators rallied in the bottom of the eighth.
Norrell put WSCC back on top with an RBI single, and Prewett followed with an RBI double. Sutherland later ripped a two-run single to make it 7-3 entering the ninth inning.
Sinclair loaded the bases for Carpenter's three-run triple, but David Haley flew out with runners on the corners to end the game.
The two teams will be back in action Wednesday afternoon when they play another 9-inning game. Fist pitch is set for 1 p.m.