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Bucks winners of seven straight, face tough road test at Dyersburg State

March 21, 2017

With seven consecutive wins under their belt and sole possession of third place in the TCCAA standings, the Motlow Bucks have an opportunity to make a strong statement when they travel to conference co-leader and nationally-ranked Dyersburg State this weekend.

Marlon Nava
Motlow State catcher Marlon Nava went 5-5 in one game and drove in three runs in another to help the Bucks to a three game sweep over visiting TCCAA rival Roane State this past weekend at the Driver Baseball Complex. The Bucks will travel to Dyersburg State this weekend to begin an eight game road trip. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
The Bucks (16-15, 6-3) finished off a perfect home stand with a 9-0, 11-1 sweep of non-conference opponent Martin Methodist College JV on Monday. The wins came on the heels of a three-game sweep against visiting TCCAA foe Roane State last weekend. Motlow won Saturday's opener 13-3, then swept Sunday's doubleheader 10-9, 9-3.

Dyersburg State (26-2, 9-0) is ranked No. 2 in the nation in the latest NJCAA poll and has won 14 consecutive games. The Eagles are tied with Walters State at the top of the TCCAA standings, although the Senators are on probation and ineligible for postseason competition.

Head Coach Dan McShea's Bucks have been clicking on all cylinders lately, hitting with both power and average while enjoying some of their best pitching performances of the season. Motlow's defense has been stellar as well, as the Bucks committed only one error in the three-game sweep of Roane State.

After the series was postponed one day due to inclement weather, the Bucks came out of the gate strong on Saturday against the visiting Raiders. Motlow scored three runs in the first inning and two more in the second. The Bucks led 10-0 heading to the seventh, and after Roane scored three in the top of the inning Motlow invoked the 10-run rule by added three of its own in the bottom of the seventh.

Sophomore catcher Marlon Nava went 5-5 on the day and C.J. Brown and Jacob Freeland both homered. Freeland and Colin Guscoff each drove in three runs and Brown and Luke Allison drove in two. Bryan Rosario got the win, lasting 6.1 innings and striking out six. Matt Westberry got the final two outs, both on strikeouts.

Sunday's opening game saw the Bucks mount a thrilling comeback after falling behind 9-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning before scoring six runs to win it by one. Nava was again a key, going 2-3 with three runs batted in. After Jake Fossick was tagged for seven runs early, Gavin Bedsole (2-2) pitched 3.2 innings and got the win. Westberry again got the final two outs to pick up his second save.

The final game of the series was all Motlow as the Bucks scored one in the first inning, three in the second and four more in the third. Brown had a big day with two home runs, with Freeland adding a homer as well. Camron Harper got the win, pitching 6.1 innings and allowing eight hits. Alex Valcarcel got the final two outs.