Vol State (18-10) (5-7) got a much needed sweep of Southwest Tennessee this past weekend in Gallatin. It certainly took a lot of offensive firepower in games two and three to overcome the offensive outburst of the Saluqis. Game one seemed tame compared to the numbers put up in games two and three. Drew Hall was able to go the distance giving up 3 runs and adding his 4th win of 2017 as the Pioneers won 5-3.
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Mar 29, 2017
Games two and three turned into flat out slugfests; Vol State was able to hold on in both games winning game two 15-14 by scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 7th and put an 11 spot up in the 5th inning of game three that proved just enough for the Neers to hold on to a 14-12 win. Alex Lyon turned in another impressive weekend performance going 8-14 with 3 HR's, 11 RBI, 5 runs scored and a stolen base. Matt Brown went 5-7 with 1 HR, 6 RBI, 4 runs scored, 4 walks and a stolen base. Eddie McDaniel's went 6-10 with 3 walks and 7 runs scored. Coach Hunt said, "It was great to see us battle back in games two and three; it was not great to see our pitching staff struggle so badly." He added, "We are certainly going to have to be better from a pitching standpoint over the stretch run we are about to hit."
With five conference weekends left before tournament time Vol State is positioned to either make a run towards the top of the standings or fall short of some of its regular season goals. The next five conference foes are log-jammed in the race to get to a 2nd or 3rd seed come conference tourney time. "We had a shot at one or two of the games against Dyersburg and Walters but couldn't get it done. We knew after those weekends that there is no way we can lose focus and not take care of business if we want to accomplish some regular season goals we have set for this year," said Coach Hunt.
Jackson State (18-15) (3-9) will be ready to get back on the field after losing all three to Chattanooga State last weekend. All three games were very close (3-2, 5-4, and 4-2) that could have gone either way. The Generals will certainly be ready to climb back in the conference race this weekend. It's a very important series for both schools which should be decided by which pitching staff preforms better.