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Motlow State Bucks ride winning streak into TCCAA conference opener Friday
Feb. 27, 2017
The Motlow State Bucks matched timely hitting together with outstanding pitching to sweep visiting non-conference opponent Morton College, Illinois, last weekend at the Driver Baseball Complex on Motlow's Moore County campus.
Motlow State sophomore Jacob Freeland talks with assistant coach Cody Gaskill after reaching first base during a game earlier this season at the Driver Baseball Complex. Freeland hit a home run and a double and drove in six runs to lead the Bucks to a 16-6 win over visiting Morton College Friday and a four-game sweep over the weekend. Motlow will host Chattanooga State this weekend to open TCCAA conference play. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
The Bucks (7-11, 0-0) beat the visiting Panthers 5-1, 16-6 on Friday, then turned around and earned a sweep Saturday, winning 8-2 and 5-2. Motlow will open TCCAA play this weekend when rival Chattanooga State visits for a three-game series. Friday's single game begins at 1 p.m. and Saturday's doubleheader will start at noon.
Starting pitcher Bryan Rosario (2-2) was stellar to open the series Friday, tossing a complete game while scattering four hits and striking out six. Motlow scored three runs in the second inning, the first on a home run by Colin Guscoff, and twice more in the fourth.
Leadoff hitter C.J. Brown had two doubles and Kirby Smith added a triple. Brown, Smith, Guscoff, Marlon Nava and Zac Ehrhart each drove in runs.
Friday's second game was the Jacob Freeland show, as the sophomore from Buford, Georgia, went 3-4 at the plate and drove in six runs with a double and a home run. Motlow hit four homers in the game, including a two-run shot from Mathis Duncan in the bottom of the sixth inning to invoke the 10-run rule and end the game. It was the first at-bat of Duncan's college career. The Bucks had scored eight runs in the fifth inning to break a tie and take a 14-6 lead.
Also homering were Smith and D'Marcus Guillory, with Smith driving in three runs and both Guillory and Lane Whitesell driving in two. Gavin Bedsole (1-1) got the win in relief, pitching the final 2.1 innings and allowing just one hit and no runs. Jake Fossick got the start, giving up six runs in 3.2 innings, and was replaced with the score tied 6-6.
Saturday's first game was tied 2-2 before the Bucks exploded for six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to secure the victory. Camron Harper (1-4), who has pitched well this season but been a victim of bad luck, showed off his stuff by going the full seven innings and allowing just six hits with seven strikeouts.
Guillory, batting in the ninth spot, broke the tie with his second homer of the series in the sixth inning. Brown, Zach Ehrhart and Nava, the top three hitters in Motlow's lineup, each had two hits for the Bucks.
The series finale on Saturday saw the Bucks lead 5-0 until the final inning, when the visitors threatened with two runs before reliever Tyler Zak closed the game and earned his first save of the season. Jase Carvell (1-0) got the start and win, allowing only two hits with six strikeouts in five innings. Nava had three hits, including a double, and Guillory also added a double. Brown, Nava and Guscoff each drove in runs for Motlow.