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Meridian can't overcome Walters

By By Tony Krausz / assistant sports editor
May 27, 2003
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Meridian Community College could not overcome Walters State (Tenn.) Community College's gnat attack and a strong performance by pitcher Brad Rose in its first game of the 2003 Alpine
Bank Junior College World Series.
The Eagles (38-17, 0-1 JUCO) fell 10-2 in seven innings to the Senators (44-11, 1-0 JUCO) in the final game of the second day of the 10-team tournament.
Rose sent the first 11 batters he faced down in order en route to a complete-game victory.
The Senators sophomore hurler gave up his first of five hits in the fourth inning, a two-out double to Eagles first baseman Aaron George.
Except for the two-run, three-hit fourth, Rose was nearly unhittable striking out nine batters in the win, while walking one.
Walters State jumped out to a 5-0 lead on five hits after the opening two innings of play.
The Senators touched up Eagles starter Todd Doolittle for four singles and one double in the first and second.
Walters State put the game out of MCC's reach in the sixth inning.
The Senators tallied five runs on three hits and one error to take a commanding 10-2 lead.
Walters State showed some added power in the five-run sixth notching two doubles in the inning. The Senators had 108 doubles entering the series.
Senators right fielder Ben Carter hit the first double of the sixth, two batters after Doolittle left the game after loading the bases with a walk, into the right field corner, with Walters State leading 6-2.
The two-bag hit followed an error by shortstop Brandon Rousseve that allowed a run to score. Carter's hit brought home two runs to give Walters State an 8-2 lead.
Shortstop J.D. Adams capped the scoring with a double down the third-base line, following a sacrifice fly, to score the final run of the inning.
MCC attempted to fight its way back into the game in the fourth inning, trailing 5-0.
George sparked the Eagles offense with a two-out double that bounced off the bottom of the right field wall. The freshman's blast was the first hit for the team off of Rose.
Left fielder Josh Morgan followed with an infield single to put runners at first and second, and third baseman Van Pope drove in the two runners with a single to center field.
The hits in the fourth that knocked Walters State's lead down to 5-2 were the only consecutive hits MCC could put together in the contest.
The Eagles only produced two more hits after the three-hit fourth, both singles by Self, who went 2-for-3, with two stolen bases.
Carter led the Senators offensive attack going 2-for-4, with four RBIs, and Adams went 3-for-4, with two RBIs. Left fielder Jared Gaston and first baseman David Long each had two RBIs for Walters State.
The Eagles will face Seminole (Fla.) Community College at noon (11 a.m. MDT) Tuesday.

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