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Wallace State baseball drops season-opening series to Volunteer State

HANCEVILLE – Wallace State baseball salvaged one game during its three-game series against Volunteer (Tenn.) State on Friday and Saturday.

The Lions (1-2) opened the 2014 season Friday with a 2-1 victory over the Pioneers. Wallace State tallied a run in the first and fifth innings, receiving run-scoring hits from Grant Bennett and Dalton Carriker respectively.

Bailey Chesser earned the win in relief for the Lions, tossing a pair of scoreless innings. Landon Hughes recorded the save. Izaac Yarbrough started for Wallace State and struck out five over four innings.

Carriker finished with a pair of hits, Bennett contributed his run-scoring single and Jacob Hill finished 1 for 3.

In Friday's finale, Wallace State sophomore Alex Hegner was the tough-luck loser. He pitched a complete game, allowing an unearned run in the top of the seventh. Hegner struck out four and walked two.

Drake Tucker, a Brooks High grad, had the lone hit for Wallace State in the loss.

Volunteer State won the series finale on Saturday, 4-1.

The Pioneers scored three unearned runs in the second off Wallace State starter Chad Smith.

Wallace State scored its lone run in the second when Tucker's single drove in Chris Blakey.

Tucker finished 2 for 5 with an RBI for the Lions, Oliver Francis added a pair of singles, Colt Buttram contributed a double and Luke Porter chipped in with a single.

Smith was charged with the loss. Garrett Suchey and Colton Campbell combined for five scoreless innings out of the Wallace State bullpen.

Wallace State's next games are in the Gulf Coast Tournament in Panama City, Fla., beginning Friday. The Lions will play four games during the two-day event.

For more information about Wallace State athletics, visit wallacestate.edu.