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Motlow College Athletic News

Gannon's walk-off hit helps Lady Bucks salvage win over Roane State

March 20, 2017

Chelbie Gannon drove in Breanna Owens with a single in the bottom of the seventh inning to help the Motlow State Lady Bucks beat the Roane State Lady Raiders 7-6 Saturday afternoon at Lady Bucks Field on Motlow's Moore County campus.

Chelbie Gannon
Freshman Chelbie Gannon lined a single in the bottom of the seventh inning to drive in teammate Breanna Owens with the winning run Saturday as the Motlow State Lady Bucks beat Roane State 7-6 in a TCCAA conference game. Motlow will be on the road the next two weeks before returning to host Jackson State April 7. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
The Lady Bucks (7-16, 4-8) were only able to win one game in the four-game conference series. Roane State won Saturday's opener 5-1, then swept both games of Sunday's doubleheader 7-1, 11-7. Motlow will take to the road for its next TCCAA series, traveling to Dyersburg State on March 24 and 25.

Trailing 6-2, the Lady Bucks scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to pull within a run of the visitors in Saturday's win. Motlow tied it with a run in the sixth and won it after Owens led off the inning with a single. She then advanced to second and third on stolen bases, and scored as Gannon laced a clean single into left-center field.

Rebecca Price picked up the win in the circle after relieving starter Sarah Wilson in the fourth inning. Price was spectacular, striking out two without allowing a hit. Taylor Honea hit a home run and drove in two for the Lady Bucks and Ashton Watkins had a pair of hits.

After the series was postponed on Friday due to incoming bad weather, Saturday's first game was forgettable for the Lady Bucks. Roane State scored two in the first inning and three more in the second. Motlow managed only six hits, including two by Caroline Abernethy and two by Honea. Owens took the loss after lasting only two innings. Wilson was strong in relief, giving up only three hits with two strikeouts in the final five innings.

The Lady Bucks scored a run in the bottom of the first inning to open Sunday's first game, but could not generate any offense afterwards. Roane State tied it in the third and went ahead to stay in the fourth. Motlow managed only four hits, and Honea drove in Watkins with the only run. Owens took the loss, allowing seven hits and six runs in 4.2 innings.

The series finale was an offensive show by both teams, with Roane State jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Lady Bucks responded with five runs in the second, but the Lady Raiders scored three in the third and two more in the fourth to lead 7-5. Motlow responded with two in the bottom of the fourth, but Roane came right back with a run in fifth and three more in the seventh. The Lady Raiders banged out 19 hits against four Motlow pitchers.

Riley O'Neal and Ciera Dobbins each had a pair of hits for Motlow, with O'Neal and Owens driving in two runs each. Honea, a sophomore from Tullahoma, continues to hit the ball extremely well. She now leads the team in most offensive categories, hitting .412 with four home runs and 14 RBI.