2015 Baseball News

Motlow Bucks baseball season ends with TCCAA Tournament loss

April 30, 2015

The Motlow Bucks ended the 2015 baseball season with a 6-4 loss to Cleveland State Wednesday in the 'play-in' round of the TCCAA/Region VII Baseball Tournament in Chattanooga.

Motlow (11-32, 7-20) won 40 games last year.

Head Coach Dan McShea will lose eight sophomores from his young 2015 squad and should have a solid nucleus of returning players for the 2016 season, which will be McShea's 10th year as head coach in Lynchburg.

Among those expected to return for their sophomore campaigns are leading hitter Aaron Hobbs from Lewisburg, who hit .300 and led the Bucks with 10 doubles and six stolen bases. Spencer Mossburg from Ooltewah, a redshirt freshman this season, could also return as Motlow's top power hitter. Mossburg led the team with four home runs and 22 RBI.

Bucks must win Wednesday to qualify for TCCAA/Region VII Tournament

April 29, 2015

The Motlow Bucks will try to keep what has been a disappointing season alive when they open the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament on Wednesday afternoon in Chattanooga. The game will be streamed live on the conference tournament website.

2015 TCCAA/Region VII Tournament website.

The Bucks (11-31, 7-20) completed the regular season as the No. 9 seed in the conference standings and will open the tournament against No. 8 Cleveland St. at 2 p.m. CST.

The winner will advance to play nationally-ranked Walters St. on Thursday at 3 p.m. CST.

Bucks head into weekend series at Volunteer St. having won four of their previous five

March 26, 2015

After a sluggish start to the baseball season, the Motlow Bucks have begun turning their campaign around following a sweep of the Roane State Raiders over the weekend at the Driver Baseball Complex on the Moore County campus.

Spencer Mossburg
Motlow center fielder Spencer Mossburg heads for home plate after hitting one of his two home runs against Roane State on Sunday. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
The Bucks (8-17, 5-7) beat the Raiders 10-0, 3-1 on Saturday, then powered their way to a 7-5 win on Sunday in a single, nine-inning contest. Motlow traveled to Pulaski on Wednesday and earned a non-conference doubleheader split with Martin Methodist College JV. The Bucks won the opener 12-2 and dropped game two 6-3.

Motlow will travel to Gallatin this weekend for a three-game series with Volunteer State. Friday's single game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. with Saturday's doubleheader scheduled for a noon start. Motlow will return home on Monday to host non-conference Wallace State at 1 p.m.

Saturday's opening game against Roane State was a scoreless affair until the third inning, when the Bucks took advantage of errors by the visitors and timely base hits to score 10 runs. Bucks' starter Nate Newton was spectacular on the mound, shutting down the Raiders with only four hits allowed. The game, scheduled for seven innings, ended in the fifth on the 10-run rule.

Lewisburg freshman Aaron Hobbs went 2-3 and drove in four runs, with Lincoln Rivera going 1-2 and driving in two.

Saturday's nightcap was a much closer contest, with Motlow scoring its three runs in the sixth inning to overcome a 1-0 deficit. Nick Chambers had an RBI double in the inning and Rivera, a sophomore from Springfield, Utah, added an RBI single.

Charter Helton provided the Bucks with one of the season's finest pitching performances, going the full seven innings and allowing only six hits.

Sunday's nine-inning contest saw the Bucks jump out in front 5-1 after three innings before Roane State closed the gap to 5-4 in the top of the sixth. Motlow responded with a run in the sixth and another in the seventh, both on solo home runs, to earn its first TCCAA series sweep of the season.

Redshirt freshman Spencer Mossburg exploded at the plate for the Bucks, slamming a pair of home runs and driving in three. Mossburg hit a two-run shot in the first inning, driving in Chambers, and then hit his solo homer in the seventh to provide the Bucks an insurance run.

Third baseman Cody Blackburn also homered in the sixth and was 2-4 on the day with two RBI. Motlow starter Matt Sharp went 5.1 innings to get the win, allowing seven hits and four earned runs. Hayden Bailey picked up the save, pitching the final 3.2 innings with five strikeouts while giving up only two hits.

Motlow Bucks look to get on track with weekend trip to Dyersburg State

March 12, 2015

The Motlow Bucks have an opportunity to reset the start of the baseball season when they travel to Dyersburg this weekend for a three-game series against TCCAA rival Dyersburg State.

Aaron Hobbs
Lewisburg freshman Aaron Hobbs is among Motlow's batting leaders with a .308 average. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
The series was scheduled to be played Friday and Saturday, but due to continued inclement weather it has been rescheduled for Sunday and Monday, although start times in Dyersburg have not yet been determined.

The Bucks (2-13, 1-5) will try and shake off getting swept at home last weekend by Columbia State. The two teams fought through multiple weather-related postponements to finally complete the series on Monday. Columbia swept Sunday's doubleheader 4-0, 6-4, then pounded the Bucks on Monday 15-4 in the series finale.

Sunday's opener saw Motlow manage only three hits, with two by sophomore catcher Darren White. The visiting Chargers scored once in the second inning and three more runs in the sixth. Bucks' starting pitcher Matt Sharp (0-4) pitched the first 5.2 innings, allowing three earned runs with five strikeouts and five walks. Taylor Paschal tossed the final 1.1 innings and allowed only one hit.

Game two on Sunday was a disappointing one for Motlow fans as the Bucks let a 4-3 lead slip away in the final inning on the way to a 6-4 loss. Motlow scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning and another in the second to lead 3-0. Columbia tied the score 3-3 in the fourth, but Motlow retook the lead with a run in the sixth.

The Bucks took advantage of four walks by Columbia starter Cody Pucket to grab the lead in the first inning, then scored their third run on a pair of Charger errors in the second. Motlow starter Nate Newman was coasting with the lead until the fourth, when he was tagged for a three-run homer by Austin Reynolds.

Hayden Bailey relieved Newman on the mound for the Bucks in the top of the sixth and struck out Reynolds to end the inning. The Bucks then grabbed the lead back with a two-out rally when Charter Helton singled and Hunter Nance drove him home with a triple.

Bailey couldn't hold the lead though as the visiting Chargers took advantage of a pair of walks and a pair of Motlow defensive lapses to score three runs and steal the win. Bailey (1-2) took the loss, allowing two hits and three runs in 1.1 innings pitched. Helton led Motlow's offense with a pair of hits.

Monday's series finale was played on a sloppy Driver Complex field and the home team's defense was somewhat sloppy as well, with the Bucks committing four errors during the nine inning contest. Motlow led 1-0 after an inning as Patrick Poteet drove in Nick Chambers, who had opened the game with a single.

Helton (0-2) started for Motlow and allowed four earned runs with four strikeouts in 5.2 innings. The Chargers scored twice in the second inning, once in the third, twice more in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings before capping the weekend with six runs in the ninth.

Paschal had a pair of hits to lead the Motlow offense, which could never manage the big hit when needed as evidenced by 15 runners being left on base.

Baseball Bucks head to Mississippi for weekend series

Jan. 26, 2015

Hunter Nance
Motlow freshman Hunter Nance, from Newark, Ohio, leads off the Bucks' first home game on Monday against the Martin Methodist College JV. The Bucks won the opener 5-3 before dropping the nightcap 6-2. Motlow College photo.
The Motlow Bucks baseball team will look to turn around a slow start to the season when they travel to Moorhead, Miss., this weekend for a three-game series against non-conference opponent Mississippi Delta Community College.

The Bucks (1-5) picked up their first win of the season in their home opener, beating Martin Methodist College JV 5-3 Monday afternoon at the Driver Baseball Complex. The visiting Red Hawks won game two of the doubleheader 6-2.

Motlow opened the season with a doubleheader loss to Wallace State 4-3, 3-0 on Feb. 5, in Hanceville, Ala. The Bucks then traveled to Birmingham last Friday, where they fell to Lawson State 6-1 and USC Sumter 7-6.

A seven-game home stand begins on Tuesday when the Bucks welcome Calhoun Community College for a doubleheader at the Driver Complex, with the first pitch scheduled for noon.

Motlow Bucks will lean on Lewisburg pair to lead pitching staff as baseball season opens

Jan. 29, 2015

Starting pitcher Matt Sharp and reliever Hayden Bailey, sophomore hurlers who played their high school baseball at Marshall County in Lewisburg, are the headliners on a pitching staff that will be counted on to carry the weight early when the Motlow Bucks open the 2015 baseball season on Thursday, Feb. 5, against Wallace State in Hanceville, Ala.

Motlow Bucks 2015 Baseball Schedule

Sharp posted a 10-4 record as a freshman last season with a 3.52 earned run average in 84.1 innings. His 10 wins is tied for sixth all-time for most wins by a Motlow pitcher in a season, and his innings pitched is sixth on the all-time list. Sharp, a right-hander, is the only returning starter for the Bucks.

2015 Motlow baseball sophomores
Nine sophomores will be critical to the success of the 2015 Motlow baseball team. From left, Lincoln Rivera, Josh Bankston, Matt Sharp, Darren White, Hayden Bailey, Patrick Poteet, Cody Blackburn, Cole Thiede, and Nick Chambers. Motlow College photo.
Bailey, who also throws from the right side, set the all-time Motlow single-season record with nine saves last year, shattering the previous mark of six, and won four games in relief without a loss. His 2.35 earned run average was second on the team.

Sharp and Bailey lead a class of seven returning sophomores for Head Coach Dan McShea, set to enter his ninth season at the helm of a Motlow program that enjoyed its best season in 15 years in 2014, finishing runner-up in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) tournament and advancing to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) East Central District tournament.

However, many of the key ingredients that helped the Bucks to a 40-24 record last year have graduated, and McShea will need a large, talented freshman class, along with the returning sophomores and a couple of transfers, to step up and produce if Motlow is to once again challenge for the TCCAA title.

Also returning for their second season in Lynchburg, along with Sharp and Bailey, are Cole Thiede, a utility player from Franklin who hit .277 last year, and outfielder Nick Chambers from Chattanooga, who hit .252 in 2014 and is the top returning run producer with 15 RBI and 31 runs scored.

Additional returnees who will be counted to play increased, more-productive roles this season, are Darren White from Meridianville, Ala., Patrick Poteet from Maryville and Cody Blackburn from Lewisburg.

The roster includes three redshirt freshmen, two of which transferred to Motlow this season. Catcher Josh Bankston, from Harrison, Tenn., attended Motlow last season but sat out due to injury. Dylan Stark and Spencer Mossburg are both first-year transfers who will be counted on heavily to fill the void left by graduation from last year's squad.

A glance at the 13 first-year freshmen on the roster, many of whom will be thrown into the college baseball fire quickly, shows seven from Tennessee and six from beyond the volunteer state's borders.

Among the freshman from Tennessee are Dewayne Parsons from Winchester, Conner Boyd from Smyrna, Jeremy Thurman from Brentwood, Charter Helton from Hohenwald, Aaron Hobbs from Lewisburg, Taylor Paschal from Unionville, and Nate Newman from Munford.

Freshmen who have crossed state lines to play for McShea and the Bucks are Chris Fly from Douglasville, Ga.; Deonte Parker from Meridianville, Ala.; Thomas Davidson from Elkmont, Ala.; Casey Wehrhahn from Destin, Fla.; Hunter Nance from Newark, Ohio; and Brody Thomasson from Eufaula, Ala.

The Bucks will play their first home game on Monday, Feb. 9, when the Martin Methodist College JV squad visits for a noon doubleheader. The first TCCAA conference contest is Friday, Feb. 27, with Jackson State coming to the Driver Complex to begin a three-game series at 1 p.m.

After a 56-game regular season, the Bucks will join the other nine TCCAA baseball teams for the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament in Chattanooga, scheduled from April 29-May 3. The winner and runner-up will advance to the NJCAA East Central District tournament.

All Motlow home games are played at the Driver Baseball Complex on the Moore County campus. Admission is free to all games.

2015 Motlow Bucks Baseball Team
2015 Motlow Bucks - Members of the 2015 Motlow Bucks baseball team in numerical order are: 1-Josh Bankston, 2-Matt Sharp, 4-Darren White, 5-Cole Thiede, 6-Chris Fly, 7-Conner Boyd, 8-Deonte Parker, 9-Dylan Stark, 10-Thomas Davidson, 11-Casey Wehrhahn, 12-Hayden Bailey, 13-Jeremy Thurman, 14-Hunter Nance, 15-Charter Helton, 16-Taylor Paschal, 17-Aaron Hobbs, 19-Lincoln Rivera, 20-Patrick Poteet, 21-Nick Chambers, 23-Nate Newman, 24-Spencer Mossburg, 25-Cody Blackburn, 32-Dewayne Parsons, 33-Brody Thomasson, and Head Coach Dan McShea. Motlow College Photo.


Motlow Bucks open 2015 Baseball Season Feb. 5

Jan. 26, 2015

Fresh off their best season in 15 years, the Motlow Bucks will open the 2015 baseball campaign when they travel to Hanceville, Ala., to face national powerhouse Wallace State on Thursday, Feb. 5. The first pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Motlow Bucks 2015 Baseball Schedule

The Bucks have scheduled 56 games during the regular season, with 30 at home and 26 on the road. Motlow will open Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) play on Friday, Feb. 27, with a three-game home series against Jackson State. The regular season ends on Apr. 25, in Morristown against Walters State.

All conference series are three games, with a single nine-inning game played on Friday and a pair of seven-inning games as part of a Saturday doubleheader. The only exception is Easter weekend, when Motlow will host Cleveland State in the single game on Thursday and the doubleheader on Friday, April 3.

The day after opening the season in Hanceville, the Bucks will head to Birmingham, where they will play Lawson State at noon, then face USC Sumter at 2 p.m. Motlow's first home game is Monday, Feb. 9, when the Martin Methodist College JV squad visits the Driver Baseball Complex for a noon doubleheader.

The longest home stand of the season begins Feb. 17 and ends Feb. 21, with seven games scheduled during that five-day stretch. The longest road trip takes place in late March, beginning with a trip to Pulaski to face the Martin Methodist College JV on March 23, and ending at Columbia State March 31.

Head Coach Dan McShea, set to begin his ninth season at the helm of the Motlow program, led the Bucks to a 40-24 record and a trip to the NJCAA East Central District tournament in Covington, Ga., after finishing runner-up in the TCCAA/Region VII tournament to state champion Columbia State. Motlow lost to host Georgia Perimeter, while Columbia State won and advanced to the JUCO World Series.

The 2014 run was the first time a Motlow baseball team had advanced beyond the TCCAA/Region VII tournament since 2000, when the Bucks enjoyed the greatest season in school history, making it all the way to the JUCO World Series championship game before falling to San Jacinto College.

2015 Motlow Bucks Baseball Team
2015 Motlow Bucks - Members of the 2015 Motlow Bucks baseball team in numerical order are: 1-Josh Bankston, 2-Matt Sharp, 4-Darren White, 5-Cole Thiede, 6-Chris Fly, 7-Conner Boyd, 8-Deonte Parker, 9-Dylan Stark, 10-Thomas Davidson, 11-Casey Wehrhahn, 12-Hayden Bailey, 13-Jeremy Thurman, 14-Hunter Nance, 15-Charter Helton, 16-Taylor Paschal, 17-Aaron Hobbs, 19-Lincoln Rivera, 20-Patrick Poteet, 21-Nick Chambers, 23-Nate Newman, 24-Spencer Mossburg, 25-Cody Blackburn, 32-Dewayne Parsons, 33-Brody Thomasson, and Head Coach Dan McShea. Motlow College Photo.


Former Motlow baseball players Holland, Adams and Toms headed to Lee University

June 9, 2014

Luke Toms
Luke Toms
After helping lead the Motlow Bucks to their most successful baseball season in a decade, three members of the 2014 squad will continue their student-athlete careers at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn.

Ben Holland, Luke Toms and Chris Adams all played two years at Motlow and helped guide the Bucks to a 40-24 record during the past season and 67 wins over the past two years. Motlow finished runner-up in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) tournament and advanced to the East Central District Tournament in Covington, Ga. last season.

Motlow had not advanced to the East Central tournament since 2000, when they won it and advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) World Series.

Chris Adams
Chris Adams
Holland was a fall signee for Lee Head Coach Mark Brew, while Adams and Toms were announced on the Lee University web site last week. The three will join one of the nation's best National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) baseball programs.

Lee completed a 37-19 season last year and advanced to the NCCAA World Series in Mason, Ohio. After losing their tournament opener, the Flames fought through the elimination bracket to reach the national championship game, where they fell to Fresno Pacific University from California 5-1.

Toms is a middle infielder and came to Motlow from Hagerstown, Md. He hit .393 last year for the Bucks and led the team with 13 home runs and 52 runs batted in. Luke's 21 doubles during the 2014 campaign is tied for fourth all-time at Motlow for a single season.

Ben Holland
Ben Holland
Adams is an outfielder from Huntsville who hit .358 this past year with 19 doubles and a team-high 56 runs scored, and Holland is a corner infielder from Murfreesboro who hit .363 during his sophomore season and slammed 11 home runs with 43 RBIs. Ben had 29 doubles and 83 runs batted in during his two-year career at Motlow.

According to the Lee sports information department, the three are joined in the recruiting class by another former Motlow player, Chevis Hoover, who transferred to Volunteer State last year after spending his freshman season at Motlow in 2013.

The Flames moved into the NCCAA and up to Division II after previous seasons as an NAIA school, where they won over 50 games for seven straight seasons and advanced to the NAIA World Series each of those seasons. Now part of the Gulf South Conference, the Flames play bigger schools and a much tougher schedule.

Lee University has consistently had players drafted in the major league baseball draft, including five following the 2012 season and five more after the 2013 campaign.

Bucks face Georgia Perimeter Friday in NJCAA East Central District Tournament opener

May 12, 2014

The Motlow Bucks will face the host school, Georgia Perimeter, in the opening round of the NJCAA East Central District baseball tournament on Friday, May 16 at 2 p.m. central time at Jaguar Baseball Stadium in Covington, Ga.

NJCAA East/Central District Baseball Tournament Bracket

The four-team tournament will decide the East Central representative in the upcoming National Junior College Athletic Association JUCO World Series, scheduled for May 24-31 at Sam Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, Co. The tournament was originally scheduled to begin on Thursday, but was pushed back one day due to potential inclement weather.

The tournament, being held a Georgia Perimeter's campus in Covington, will open with Columbia State (41-11) playing Darton State, Ga. (42-18) at 11 a.m. Friday. Columbia St. is Tennessee's top seed while Motlow (40-22) is No. 2. Georgia Perimeter (43-12) is the top seed from Georgia and Darton St. is the second seed. Georgia Perimeter beat Darton St. 13-3 in the Georgia championship game.

The two winners will advance to the winner's bracket finals on Saturday at 11 a.m. The two opening-round losing teams will play on Friday at 5 p.m., with the loser of that game being eliminated in the double-elimination tournament.

The championship game is scheduled for Sunday, May 18 at 11 a.m. If a second championship game is needed, it will be played 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game on Sunday.

The Bucks advanced to their first East Central District tournament since 2000 with a thrilling, come-from-behind 7-6 win over Walters St. in the semifinals of the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament in Gallatin on May 3. Columbia St. beat the Bucks 8-4 to win the tournament and claim the No. 1 seed.

"Our starting pitching really did a fantastic job early in the tournament, which allowed us to be in a position where we could win in such dramatic fashion," said Motlow Head Coach Dan McShea. "Elliott Bush and Matt Sharp put us in position to win with outstanding starting pitching, and Luke Toms carried us offensively."

Motlow is the only team in the East Central District tournament that is not ranked among the nation's top 20 teams by the NJCAA, although the Bucks opened the season ranked No. 13. Georgia Perimeter is ranked No. 8, Columbia St. is ranked No. 12, and Darton St. is ranked No. 18.

"These guys have really worked hard this year," added McShea. "Now that finals are over we are back at work preparing for this district tournament."

In 2000 Motlow won the East Central tournament and advanced to the JUCO World Series, where they finished as national runner-up. Motlow also won the TCCAA tournament and advanced to the East Central tournament in 1998.

The 40 wins for the Bucks this season is the most since Motlow won 41 games in 2005 and only the second time a Motlow baseball team has won 40 or more games since the 2000 season. There have been seven teams in Motlow baseball history that have won 40 or more games in a season, with the 2000 squad holding the school record with 57 wins.

Walk-off home run leads Motlow Bucks past Walters St. and into NJCAA district tournament

May 5, 2014

Sophomore Luke Toms hit a walk-off home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead the Motlow Bucks to a 7-6 win over Walters St. Saturday in the semifinals of the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament in Gallatin.

With the win the Bucks advanced to Sunday's championship game, where they fell to top-seed Columbia St 8-4. However, because Motlow finished as the tournament runner-up, they will advance along with Columbia St. to the NJCAA East/Central District tournament May 15-17 in Covington, Georgia. The Region XVII tournament in Georgia will be held this coming weekend to determine its two representatives.

The last time the Bucks advanced to a district tournament was 2000, when former coach Don Rhoton led Motlow to a district championship and a berth in the NJCAA national tournament where they finished as national runner-up. It is the only time in Motlow baseball history the Bucks have played in the national tournament.

Motlow (40-22) entered this year's conference tournament as the No. 4 seed after sweeping Cleveland St. 8-4, 7-6 in the opening round at the Driver Complex in Moore County. The game-two win featured a ninth inning two-run walk-off single by Motlow's Hayden Pewitt.

The Bucks entered the final inning against Walters on Saturday trailing 6-3 and needing a miracle to keep their season alive. Devon Dager led off the inning with a single and Nick Chambers walked. JC Daily drove both home with a triple to cut the Walters St. lead to 6-5.

With two outs and Daily on third base, Toms lofted a blast into left field, barely clearing the wall and sending the Bucks into a wild celebration. The Bucks advance to the district tournament for the first time in Head Coach Dan McShea's eight-year tenure at Motlow.

After its wins over Cleveland St. the Bucks were one of five teams that advanced to the tournament in Gallatin. Motlow opened play in Gallatin with a 2-1 win over the home team, Volunteer St., on Friday. The Bucks got a masterful pitching performance from Elliott Bush (6-5), who went the distance and allowed only three hits.

Toms, who had three home runs during the weekend, provided all the runs Bush needed with a two-run homer in the first inning, driving in Logan Conley who had reached on a Pioneer error with one out. Volunteer St. scored its lone run the sixth inning.

After beating the Pioneers the Bucks had to turn right around and play Columbia St. Friday night. The Chargers, who won the conference regular season championship, built an 8-1 lead in the first five innings and cruised to a 10-3 win. Matt Sharp (10-3) took the loss for Motlow, allowing nine hits and six earned runs. The Bucks managed eight hits, including two by Toms who also drove in two runs.

The loss Friday night dropped Motlow into the elimination bracket, where they were once again matched up against Volunteer St. on Saturday. The Bucks built a 5-0 lead through five innings and held off an attempted Pioneer comeback to win 5-3.

Jacob Toney (2-1) got the win on the mound for Motlow, pitching seven innings and allowing five hits and one earned run. Hayden Bailey pitched the final two innings to earn his ninth save.

Ben Holland, who was named to the all-conference team, got the Bucks' offense started with a solo home run to lead off the second inning. The Bucks added three runs in the fourth inning as Toms, who led off the inning getting hit by a pitch, scored on Pewitt's fielder's choice. Chambers drove in Pewitt with a single and Daily gave Motlow a 4-0 lead with an RBI single, scoring Dager.

Motlow's final run came in the fifth when Toms doubled, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Clayton Palicki's RBI single. The win put the Bucks in position to play Walters St. in an elimination game, with the winner advancing to the tournament championship and earning a spot in the district tournament in Georgia.

Walters St. jumped out to a 3-0 lead with three runs in the second inning off Motlow starter Peyton Phillips, then added another run in the third to lead 4-0. The Bucks scored their first run in the bottom of the third when Chambers singled and scored on Chris Adams' RBI double.

Bailey relieved Phillips and pitched the fourth and fifth innings, allowing one run and three hits. Hammer (3-3) took the mound for Motlow in the sixth and pitched the final three innings, allowing five hits and one unearned run to get the win.

Trailing 5-1, Conley and Toms led off the bottom of the sixth with back-to-back home runs to cut the Walters St. lead to 5-3. The Senators added their final run in the top of the eighth inning to increase their lead to 6-3, setting the stage for Motlow's ninth-inning walk-off victory.

Bucks Advance in TCCAA Tournament with 9th-inning Comeback

April 28, 2014

Hayden Pewitt drove in the winning run with a two-out, ninth-inning single and the Motlow Bucks advanced in the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament with a 7-6 win over Cleveland State at the Driver Baseball Complex on Saturday.

TCCAA/Region VII Tournament Bracket

The win came on the heels of Motlow's 8-4 win over the Cougars on Friday and completed a sweep of their tournament-opening series. Motlow now advances to the final five-team tournament in Gallatin this weekend. The Bucks are seeded fourth and will play fifth-seed Volunteer State at 10 a.m. Friday.

After beating Cleveland on Friday and battling to a 3-3 tie after eight innings Saturday, the Bucks found themselves down 6-3 after Cleveland's Dalton Rogers hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning. It appeared the series would be decided with a third and final game on Sunday.

However, the Bucks had other ideas. Nick Chambers opened the ninth with a single and advanced to third on Chris Adams' single. Logan Conley closed the gap to 6-4 with a sacrifice fly, scoring Chambers and leaving Adams on first base with two outs. Adams advanced to second on a passed ball, putting him in scoring position.

Luke Toms doubled home Adams, cutting the Cleveland lead to 6-5. The Bucks then literally took two for the team as both Patrick Poteet and Clayton Palicki were hit by pitches to load the bases, bringing Pewitt to the plate for his game-winning hit.

Nathan Hammer got the win, pitching the final 2.2 innings in relief of starter Matt Sharp, who allowed only one earned run in 6.1 innings. Ben Holland homered in the second inning to tie the score at 1-1 and Toms, who had three hits, homered in the eighth to again tie the game at 3-3.

Friday's first game saw the Bucks score twice in the fourth inning and four more runs in the fifth to take a 6-0 lead they would not relinquish. Elliott Bush was the winner on the mound for Motlow, going 6.2 innings and allowing all four runs on four hits. Hayden Bailey pitched the final 2.1 innings for his eighth save of the season.

Toms led the Bucks offensively in game one as well as game two, going 3-5 with a triple and a home run along with three runs batted in. Holland, Palicki, Pewitt and JC Daily each had two hits, with Daily adding to his school record with his 40th stolen base.

The Bucks swept a three-game series over Volunteer State in late February at the Driver Complex. If Motlow can get past the Pioneers they will be matched with top-seed Columbia State at 4 p.m. on Friday. If Volunteer wins Friday's first game then the Bucks will fall into the elimination bracket and will play again at 7 p.m. Friday.

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