2017 Motlow State Baseball News

Motlow State Bucks add TTU transfers to talented baseball class

June 13, 2017

The Motlow State Bucks have added a pair of transfers from Tennessee Tech University to the growing list of newcomers to the baseball program for the 2017-18 school year, according to Head Coach Dan McShea.

McShea recently announced that both Carson Pack and Logan Walters have signed a National Letter of Intent to continue their baseball careers as student-athletes at Motlow. Both attended TTU last season and both were redshirts for the Golden Eagles. Both Pack and Walters have two seasons of eligibility at Motlow.

"Both Carson and Logan were highly-recruited pitchers in our state out of high school," said McShea. "We expect big things from both and we are happy to have them join our baseball program."

They join a recruiting class that now stands at 11 players who will suit up for the first time for the Bucks in late January 2018. Motlow will return seven players from last season and is expected to add 10 more, filling out a 28-man roster, before the beginning of school in late August.

Six of the newcomers are from within the state, with three more residing in neighboring Alabama. Paul McIntosh played his prep baseball at Dade Christian High School in Miami, and Andres Rodriquez attended the Carlos Beltran Academy in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

First-year players from Tennessee are Brayden Gentry from Lewisburg, Justin Cooke from Soddy Daisy, James Bailliez III from LaVergne, Pack is from Andersonville, Walters is from South Pittsburg, and Matthew Young is from Maryville.

Coming in from Alabama, although they are inside Motlow's service area, are Kyle Davis from New Market, and Tyler Harmon and John Mangini from Huntsville. Davis attended Buckhorn High School, while both Harmon and Mangini prepped at Virgil Grissom High School.

Motlow Bucks will face Columbia State Monday in opening round of TCCAA/Region VII Tournament

May 4, 2017

The Motlow State Bucks will play the Columbia State Chargers at 10 a.m. Monday in the opening round of the TCCAA/Region VII baseball tournament. The tournament is being held at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin.

TCCAA/Region VII Baseball Tournament Bracket

The Bucks (22-28, 10-15) enter the tournament as the No. 7 seed, while the Chargers (32-21, 16-10) are the No. 2 seed. The winner of Monday morning's game will play Tuesday at 4 p.m., while the loser plays again Tuesday at 10 a.m. The tournament is a double-elimination event, with the champion being crowned Thursday.

Dyersburg State, currently ranked No. 1 in the nation in the latest NJCAA poll, won the regular season title and enters the tournament as the top seed. By winning the regular season title, the Eagles have already qualified for the next round and will host the East/Central District tournament beginning May 17. Walters State, which finished second during the regular season, is ineligible for postseason play and will not participate in the tournament.

The Bucks and Chargers have played four times this season, all in Columbia, with the Chargers winning three out of four. Motlow's win was a dominating 13-5 victory on March 31, while Columbia's three wins were by one, two and six runs respectively.

Walk-off hit gives Motlow Bucks TCCAA series win over Volunteer State

April 19, 2017

Motlow's C.J. Brown hit a two-strike, two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning to drive home teammate D'Marcus Guillory with the winning run as the Bucks beat Volunteer State 5-4 Friday afternoon in the second game of a doubleheader at the Driver Baseball Complex on Motlow's Moore County campus.

Marlon Nava
Motlow State sophomore Marlon Nava displays outstanding form as he connects with a pitch and drives it for a home run last weekend at the Driver Baseball Complex. The Bucks won their final home conference series of the season against Volunteer State. Nava is batting .347 with 11 doubles, six home runs and 29 runs batted in for the season. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
The Bucks (21-24, 9-11) earned a series win over the Pioneers with the walk-off hit. Motlow won Thursday's nine-inning game 7-5, with Volunteer capturing the first game of Friday's doubleheader 5-4. The series with Volunteer State was Motlow's final home game of the season. The Bucks travel to Walters State this weekend, then visit Southwest Tennessee next weekend to close the regular season.

Motlow is currently the No. 6 seed in the upcoming TCCAA/Region VII Tournament, which begins May 7 at Volunteer State's home field in Gallatin. Dyersburg State, ranked No. 2 in the nation, has clinched the regular season title and will be the No. 1 seed in the tournament.

Brown's heroics Friday evening were set up after Volunteer State had scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning to grab a 4-3 lead. The Bucks had built their lead with a run in the bottom of the first when Colin Guscoff drove in Brown with a single, and two runs in the fifth as Marlon Nava hit a solo home run and Luke Allison drove in Jacob Freeland with a single.

Jase Carvell got the start on the mound for the Bucks and pitched outstanding until running into trouble in the sixth. Matt Westberry (3-1) came in and put out the fire, then shut down the Pioneers in the seventh to allow Brown and the Bucks to rally and win the series.

In Thursday's series opener, the Bucks fell behind early after the Pioneers scored twice in the first inning and once in the third. Trailing 3-0, Motlow fought back with a run in the third, two in the fourth, single runs in the fifth and sixth, and two more in the seventh.

Paul Rahman drove in a pair of runs with RBI singles, Freeland drove in one with a double in the fifth inning, Nava brought home one with a sacrifice fly in the third, and Lane Whitesell drove home Nava with a single in the seventh.

Camron Harper (4-7) got the win, pitching six innings and allowing seven hits and four runs with two strikeouts. Alex Valcarcel earned the save, his second on the year, by allowing just two hits in the final three innings.

Motlow had an excellent chance to sweep the series, leading the middle game 2-1 heading into the top of the seventh inning. However, the Pioneers scored four runs to take a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh. The Bucks rallied in their final at bat, with Brown slamming a double that drove in two runs, but the rally fell short.

Bryan Rosario (4-5) provided solid pitching through six innings before fading in the seventh and taking the loss. Nava had another solo home run, this one coming in the fourth inning, and Allison had an RBI double.

Motlow Bucks return to the Driver Complex in need of a successful home stand

April 5, 2017

When the calendar turns to April on the community college baseball season it signals two things; the regular season is in its final month, and if you are going to make a move in the standings you need to start now.

Camron Harper
Motlow State sophomore pitcher Camron Harper, shown from a game earlier this season, pitched the first nine inning complete game of the season for the Bucks when he scattered 11 hits and struck out four to beat Columbia State Friday afternoon in Columbia. Harper, from Smyrna, leads the Bucks' starting pitchers in innings pitched, earned run average and strikeouts. Motlow will host Jackson State this weekend in a critical three-game TCCAA series at the Driver Baseball Complex. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
The Motlow Bucks (18-20, 7-7) are fully aware of those facts following two weeks on the road that saw them drop two out of three games to a pair of TCCAA rivals. The Bucks now return home for the last time this season; scheduled to play eight games over an eight day span. After that, the final two conference series are on the road at Walters State and Southwest Tennessee.

The home stand comes on the heels of a trip to Columbia State that saw Motlow win one contest in the three-game series. The Bucks took Friday's nine-inning opener 13-5, then dropped both games of Saturday's doubleheader 6-4, 10-4.

Motlow will host Jackson State for a single game at 2 p.m. on Friday, then host the Generals for a noon doubleheader Saturday. On Tuesday, Motlow steps outside the conference for the last time for a doubleheader against visiting Calhoun. The home portion of the 2017 season concludes the following weekend, with Volunteer State visiting for a single game on Thursday and a doubleheader Friday, April 14.

Friday's win against the Chargers featured a potent Motlow offense that pounded out 18 hits and scored 13 runs. C.J. Brown led the hit parade at the top of the lineup with four hits, with five other Bucks getting two hits each. Marlon Nava homered and drove in two runs, raising his average to a team-high .382, while Paul Rahman had a bases clearing double and drove in three runs.

Camron Harper (3-6) pitched the full nine innings and got the win, scattering 11 hits and allowing three earned runs with four strikeouts and zero walks. Harper's performance was the first nine-inning complete game by a Bucks pitcher this season.

Saturday's first game saw the Bucks jump out in front 2-1 in the second inning before the Chargers tied it with a run in the third and then took the lead for good with three runs in the fourth inning. Motlow managed only five hits, with two of them solo home runs by C.J. Brown and Jacob Freeland. Jase Carvell took the loss, tossing three innings and allowing two earned runs. Alex Valcarcel pitched the last three innings and gave up three runs with four strikeouts.

The series finale saw the Chargers explode out of the gate with three runs in the first inning. The Bucks scored two in the second, but Columbia State added three in the third and four in the fourth to seal the series win. Motlow committed five errors during the game, helping the home team.

Brown, who had eight hits during the series, had two in this game including a double, while Nava also had two hits and drove in a run. Gavin Bedsole (1-3) took the loss on the mound, lasting 3.1 innings and allowing seven earned runs and two walks. Matt Westberry gave up one earned run in the final 2.2 inning and had three strikeouts.

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.

Bucks set to host Roane State in critical TCCAA baseball series

March 15, 2017

The Motlow Bucks have an opportunity to catapult themselves into the top half of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) standings this weekend when they host Roane State for a three-game series at the Driver Baseball Complex on Motlow's Moore County campus.

The Bucks (11-15, 3-3) traveled to Decatur and beat non-conference opponent Calhoun Community College 5-2 in 10 innings on Tuesday. The previous weekend, Motlow won one out of three games at Cleveland State, winning the finale 7-3 after dropping the first two games 8-5 and 11-2.

Motlow is one of three teams tied for fourth place in the standings with 3-3 league records, including Roane State. Cleveland sits at 4-2 in the league and two other teams are 2-4, so the Bucks have a chance to really make a push when the Raiders come to town. Friday's single nine-inning game begins at 2 p.m. and Saturday's doubleheader starts at noon.

Designated hitter Lane Whitesell had himself quite a game in Friday's opener in Cleveland. The redshirt freshman from Lewisburg hit a grand slam in the top of the first inning and a solo home run in the ninth to account for all of Motlow's runs. Bryan Rosario (3-3) took the loss on the mound, allowing seven earned runs in 4.1 innings. Gavin Bedsole pitched well in relief with three strikeouts and three hits allowed in 3.2 innings.

Saturday's first game was all Cougars as the home team scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning to take control after the Bucks had grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on a leadoff home run by C.J. Brown. Whitesell drove in the other run with a single in the sixth inning. Camron Harper (1-6) took the loss on the mound for Motlow.

For the third straight game, Motlow scored in the top of the first inning in Saturday's series finale. Finally the Bucks made it hold up though as Jake Fossick (3-0) got the win on the mound. He tossed 5.2 innings and allowed four hits and three runs with five strikeouts. Bedsole shut out the Cougars over the final 1.1 innings.

Leading 2-1, the Bucks blew the game open with five runs in the top of the sixth inning. Zach Ehrhart drove in two runs and Marlon Nava had two hits, including a double. Ehrhart also stole two bases as the Bucks had five steals during the win.

After this weekend's series against Roane State, the Bucks will step back outside the conference to host the Martin Methodist JV team for a noon doubleheader on Monday. After that its back on the road for Motlow, with eight games scheduled over a seven day period from March 24 to April 1.

Walk-off home run propels Bucks to TCCAA series win over Chattanooga State

March 6, 2017

Motlow State sophomore C.J. Brown launched a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Bucks a 5-4 victory over Chattanooga State Saturday afternoon at the Driver Baseball Complex on Motlow's Moore County campus. The dramatic win helped the Bucks take the series from the Tigers 2-1.

CJ Brown
Sophomore C.J. Brown slammed a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Motlow State Bucks a 5-4 win over Chattanooga State at the Driver Baseball Complex on Saturday. Brown, who played his prep baseball at Mt. Juliet, helped Motlow successfully begin TCCAA conference play by winning the series 2-1 over the Tigers. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
The Bucks (9-12, 2-1) have now won six of their previous seven games. They will host non-conference opponent Lawson State on Tuesday for a noon doubleheader, then step back into TCCAA play with a trip to Cleveland State this weekend.

Motlow started the series strong, beating the Tigers 4-2 in Friday's nine inning contest. Chattanooga State turned the tables in Saturday's first game, winning 4-1, before Brown's dramatic shot won the series for the Bucks.

Bryan Rosario (3-2) pitched outstanding for Motlow in Friday's opener, going seven innings and allowing only six hits and no earned runs. Gavin Bedsole earned his first save by tossing two perfect innings to close the door.

Luke Allison had three hits for Motlow and Zach Ehrhart had a pair of hits and a pair of runs batted in. Jacob Freeland and Colin Guscoff also had two hits each for the Bucks, while Brown had a hit and drove in a run.

Camron Harper (1-5) allowed three earned runs in five innings in Saturday's first game, but Motlow could never get its bats going with only four hits. J.D. Robertson knocked in the only run with a double in the fifth inning. Bedsole was again solid in relief, pitching the final two innings and allowing just one hit and one walk.

Saturday's finale saw the Bucks lead 3-0 after two innings before the Tigers tied it with two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth. Motlow retook the lead with one in the sixth inning, but the Tigers again tied it in the top of seventh, setting the stage for Brown's heroics.

Matt Westberry (1-0) got the win in relief. Jake Fossick started for Motlow, allowing just two hits and no earned runs in five innings. Jase Carvell also pitched an inning, allowing three hits and a run. Freeland also homered for Motlow, while Marlon Nava and Allison had doubles. Freeland drove in two runs with Brown and D'Marcus Guillory adding RBI as well.

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.

Jacob Freeland
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.

Motlow Bucks open home stand this week preparing for TCCAA opener next weekend

Feb. 22, 2017

The Motlow Bucks are scheduled to play nine baseball games over a 10-day span beginning this Friday as they make final preparations for their Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) opener, scheduled for March 3, at the Driver Baseball Complex on Motlow's Moore County campus.

Colin Guscoff
Motlow State catcher Colin Guscoff waits for the pitch while teammate C.J. Brown works on his timing during the Bucks' home game against Wallace State earlier this season. Guscoff and Brown have been two of Motlow's most productive offensive players so far, with Guscoff batting .346 with two home runs and Brown leading the team with 10 runs batted in. Both will be counted on heavily when the Bucks open a nine-game home stand Friday at noon at the Driver Baseball Complex. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
The Bucks (3-11, 0-0) are coming off their farthest road trip of the season, winning one out of four games last weekend in Niceville, Florida. Motlow will host Morton College, Illinois, this weekend in a pair of non-conference doubleheaders Friday and Saturday, beginning at noon.

TCCAA play opens the following weekend, with Chattanooga State the visitor for a three-game series. Friday, March 3, the two teams will meet at 1 p.m. for a nine-inning contest, then get back together on Saturday at noon for a pair of seven-inning games.

The Bucks faced stiff competition in Florida, falling to Northwest Florida State 7-3 on Friday, Feb. 17, before turning around and beating Andrew College 7-5 later that afternoon. The following day Motlow faced the same two teams, dropping a 13-3 decision to NWFS before falling 4-3 to Andrew College.

Bryan Rosario (1-2) took the mound in Friday's opener and went the distance, allowing only four hits and five earned runs with six strikeouts and six walks. Jacob Freeland had two hits for Motlow and C.J. Brown drove in a pair of runs.

The Bucks got a home run and three RBI from Marlon Nava, and solid pitching from Jake Fossick and Matt Westberry, to get the win late Friday afternoon. Motlow scored twice in the bottom of the first inning but Andrew scored the same to tie the score in the top of the second.

The Bucks came back with two in the third before Andrew closed the gap to 4-3 with a run in the fourth. Motlow extended its lead to 7-3 with three runs in the fifth inning, and Andrew fought back with two in the seventh before Westberry closed the door.

Fossick (2-0) went five innings and allowed only two hits and one earned run with five walks and four strikeouts. Westberry pitched the final two innings to get his first save of the season, allowing four hits and two earned runs with a pair of strikeouts. In addition to Nava's first homer of the season, the Bucks got RBI from Colin Guscoff, Brown, Kirby Smith and D'Marcus Guillory.

Northwest Florida came out swinging their bats on Saturday, scoring nine runs in the bottom of the second inning and three more in the third. Motlow managed only two hits, one by Nava and one by Brown. Tyler Zak (0-2) took the loss on the mound, pitching two innings and allowing eight hits and four earned runs. Chandler Hardiman pitched the final 2.1 innings, giving up five hits and one earned run.

In Saturday's finale, Andrew College jumped on Motlow starter Jase Carvell for three runs in the bottom of the second inning. Motlow tied the score with a run in the third and two more in the fourth inning before Andrew broke the tie and scored the winning run in the bottom of the fourth.

Luke Allison had a pair of hits and drove in one of Motlow's runs, with RBI also coming from Lane Whitesell and Smith. Carvell pitched two innings and allowed three runs before Camron Harper (0-4) came on to pitch the final four innings and took the loss, despite pitching very well by allowing only four hits and one run with seven strikeouts.

Jake Fossick tosses one-hitter as Bucks beat Marshalltown, host Wallace State Tuesday

Feb. 13, 2017

Motlow State sophomore Jake Fossick allowed only one hit and one run to lead the Bucks to an 11-1 win over visiting Marshalltown (Iowa) Community College Saturday afternoon at the Driver Baseball Complex on Motlow's Moore County campus.

Jake Fossick
Sophomore Jake Fossick allowed only one hit through five innings to lead the Motlow State Bucks to an 11-1 win over Marshalltown (Iowa) Community College Saturday afternoon at the Driver Baseball Complex. The Bucks will be back in action Tuesday when they host Wallace State at noon for a doubleheader. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
The Bucks (2-6, 0-0) had opportunities to win two more games in the four-game series, but failed to hold leads in the final inning. Marshalltown won both games Friday, 6-5 and 13-0, then came from behind to win the series finale Saturday 7-6.

Motlow will return to its home diamond on Tuesday, hosting Wallace State-Hanceville for a noon doubleheader. The two teams split a pair of games last week in Alabama. The Bucks will be on the road next weekend, heading to Niceville, Florida for a pair of games against Northwest Florida State and Andrew College.

Bryan Rosario pitched his second strong game in a row for the Bucks in Friday's opener, going 5.1 innings and allowing three runs with three strikeouts. He left with the Bucks leading 5-3, but reliever Camron Harper (0-1) couldn't hold that lead as the Tigers scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Luke Allison and Colin Guscoff homered for the Bucks, with each garnering two hits and two RBI. Allison also stole a base and scored two runs.

Friday's second game was not the Bucks' finest hour, with the Tigers hitting everything in sight on their way to a 13-0, five-inning win. Chandler Hardiman (0-1) took the loss on the mound, securing only one out before allowing four earned runs. Gavin Bedsole pitched the final 4.2 innings, giving up nine runs on 13 hits. The Bucks managed only five hits.

Saturday started as a much better day for the home team as Fossick held the visiting Tigers in check. The Bucks scored early and often, notching two runs in the first inning, one in the second, six in the third and two more in the fourth to win it in five innings.

Guscoff hit his second homer of the season, with CJ Brown also slamming a round-tripper and driving in three runs. Guscoff and JD Robertson each drove in two runs, with Brown, Robertson and D'Marcus Guillory collecting two hits each.

The Bucks jumped out in front 2-0 in the first inning of Saturday's nightcap, then fell behind 3-2 before regaining the lead with two runs in the third inning. Marshalltown tied it with a run in the top of the sixth, but the Bucks retook the lead with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Motlow couldn't secure the win though, as the visitors scored three in the top of the seventh to win the series 3-1.

Tyler Zak got the start for the Bucks and pitched well, allowing four runs on six hits with four strikeouts. Harper came on in relief with one out in the sixth and took the loss, while Jase Carvell got the final out of the inning. The Bucks were unable to answer in the bottom of the seventh.

Jacob Freeland slammed his second home run of the season for Motlow, while Zach Ehrhart had a triple and Kirby Smith a double. Allison drove in a pair of runs, while both Freeland and Robertson had stolen bases.

Rosario, Harper pitch Bucks to first win, home opener is this weekend

Feb. 7, 2017

Three Motlow State pitchers combined to allow only one hit and one run as the Bucks opened the 2017 baseball season with a 2-1 win over Wallace State-Hanceville Friday afternoon in Hanceville, Alabama.

The Bucks (1-3, 0-0) couldn't match that performance the rest of the weekend, dropping the second game of the doubleheader with Wallace 10-0, then dropping a pair of games to Lawson State 8-3, 6-5 Saturday afternoon in Birmingham.

Motlow will open the home baseball schedule on Friday when Marshalltown, Iowa visits for a noon doubleheader. The same two teams are scheduled to play another twin bill at the same time on Saturday. All home baseball games are played at the Driver Baseball Complex on Motlow's Moore County campus, and there is no admission charge.

The season opener was a thing of beauty for Motlow fans as freshman Bryan Rosario (1-0) tossed five innings of one-hit ball, striking out four and walking two, to get the first win of his career. Gavin Bedsole got two outs in the sixth before giving way to Camron Harper, who got the final four outs for his first save by allowing no hits and only one walk.

The game was scoreless until the fifth inning, when the Bucks plated both their runs. C.J. Brown drove in Luke Allison, who had two hits on the day, with an RBI double, followed by a single from Colin Guscoff that drove in Brown. Motlow had seven hits, two each by Allison and D'Marcus Guillory, who also added a stolen base.

Game two was not quite as memorable for the Bucks as the home team allowed Motlow only one hit, a single by Zach Ehrhart, in a 10-0 victory. Tyler Zak got the start for the Bucks, lasting 1.2 innings and allowing six runs on nine hits. Matt Westberry allowed four runs in 1.1 innings, followed by Alex Valcarcel who pitched an inning without allowing a hit.

Saturday in Birmingham, Motlow's defense let down in the opener, committing four errors in an 8-3 loss. The Bucks scattered eight hits, with Ryan Hartigan driving in both Motlow runs. Jake Fossick (0-1) took the loss, allowing two earned runs and four walks in 2.1 innings. Harper was a victim of poor defense in his 2.2 innings pitched, as none of his four runs allowed were earned, although he did give up six hits. Valcarcel again pitched the final inning without allowing a hit.

In game two, the Bucks jumped out in front with three runs in the third inning and two more in the fourth to lead 5-0. Ehrhart, Guscoff and Brown each hit doubles, while Jacob Freeland and Brown each drove in two runs, with Freeland slamming the first home run of the season for the Bucks. JD Robertson had two hits for Motlow and drove in a run.

Lawson State scored five in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the score, with four of the runs being charged to starter Chandler Hardiman, who left with one out in the fourth inning. Bedsole (0-1) came on in relief and took the loss despite pitching pretty well, allowing only two hits and one earned run in 2.2 innings. Lawson State scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Revamped Motlow State Bucks baseball team hopes to contend for TCCAA title

Jan. 30, 2017

With only nine players returning from last year's roster, including four who were redshirts in 2016, Motlow State head baseball coach Dan McShea may still be learning player names as the Bucks prepare to open the 2017 season. Practice for the new season officially began Jan. 10.

The Motlow starting nine will take the field for the first time on Friday, Feb. 3, when they travel to Hanceville, Ala., for a doubleheader against Wallace State, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. The first home game will be Feb. 10, with Marshalltown (IA) Community College visiting the Driver Baseball Complex at noon.

"It's always interesting to see how each team will come together prior to playing the season," said McShea. "This is especially so with the number of new faces we have this year. This group of young men has really put in a lot of hard work in the classroom and on the field, and they have come together nicely as a team. We will need to remember this when we start playing games and continue to be unselfish players. That is a trait of every great team."


McShea has five sophomores returning who were active members of last year's squad; shortstop J.D. Robertson and left-handed pitcher/outfielder Camron Harper, both from Smyrna, and pitchers R.J. Moore from Tullahoma, Drew Jarrett from Clarksville and Matt Westberry from Murfreesboro.

The four redshirts, who were Motlow students last year but for various reasons were granted a redshirt season, are catcher Seth DeYong from Smyrna, pitcher/infielder Lane Whitesell from Lewisburg, and a pair of Charlotte, Tenn., outfielders Mathis Duncan and Paul Rahman.

"It's an exciting time to be part of the Motlow family and, like our players, I am really looking forward to getting started," McShea continued. "We have a very difficult schedule early on and we should be able to learn a lot from playing some high caliber teams. If we want to be successful in this conference we will need to mature quickly on the mound and our offense will need to perform well out of the gate."


McShea has brought in 12 transfers from across the country, including eight who played a season at another junior college previously, two who attended other schools previously but weren't on baseball rosters or who redshirted, one who played a season on the NAIA level and one Division I transfer.

Joining the nine returners and 12 transfers, the Bucks will feature seven true freshmen, with almost half coming from high schools within Motlow's 11-county service area and a pair from Georgia.

Among the transfers, six come from Volunteer State in Gallatin; infielder Luke Allison, outfielder C.J. Brown, catcher Marlon Nava, first baseman Cory Coggins, catcher/infielder Colin Guscoff and middle infielder Zach Ehrhart. McShea also landed a pair of transfers from Florida Southwestern College in right-handed pitcher Jake Fossick and third baseman Jacob Freeland.

Additional transfers include outfielder Ryan Hartigan, who attended the University of Virginia; Jase Carvell, who comes to Motlow from Trevecca Nazarene University after playing high school baseball at Lawrence County; Sam Patton, a Murfreesboro product who spent a year at Cumberland University in Lebanon; and Gavin Bedsole, who attended a semester at Point University in West Point, Ga.


Headlining the incoming freshman class is a pair of right-handed pitchers from Puerto Rico; Bryan Rosario is from Vega Baja and Alex Valcarcel comes from San Juan. Another pair of freshmen come to Motlow from Mountain View High School in Buford, Ga.; outfielder D'Marcus Guillory and right-handed pitcher Tyler Zak.

The three remaining true freshmen competed against each other for the past four years in District 8-AAA. Left-handed pitcher Chandler Hardiman and catcher Kirby Smith are from Fayetteville and played at Lincoln County, while Darin Keller played at Tullahoma High School.

"We have several guys that are being recruited heavily, and I am as excited about those possibilities as my players are," McShea added. "Being able to help these guys reach personal goals, as well as team goals, is one of the great rewards of coaching. The hard work that these guys have put in is starting to pay off."

McShea and assistant coach Cody Gaskill have put together a roster that could return Motlow to the position it enjoyed in 2014, when the Bucks posted a 40-24 overall record and made it to the East Central District playoff, just one step away from the national tournament in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Motlow home games are played at the Driver Baseball Complex on the Moore County campus. Admission is free to all Motlow athletic contests. Most home Saturday contests are doubleheaders with a noon start time, while most weekday games are single nine-inning contests that begin at either 1 p.m. or 2 p.m.

2017 Bucks Baseball Team
2017 Motlow Bucks - Members of the 2017 Motlow Bucks baseball team: D'Marcus Guillory, Luke Allison, C.J. Brown, Ryan Hartigan, Bryan Rosaio, Marlon Nava, Jake Fossick, Jacob Freeland, Cory Coggins, Colin Guscoff, Sam Patton, J.D. Robertson, Alex Valcarcel, Matt Westberry, Paul Rahman, Camron Harper, Seth DeYong, Zach Ehrhart, Tyler Zak, Darin Keller, Lane Whitesell, R.J. Moore, Chandler Hardiman, Kirby Smith, Mathis Duncan, Jordan Burdette and Drew Jarrett. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Motlow State Bucks open 44th baseball season Feb. 3 in Alabama

Jan. 5, 2017

The Motlow State Community College baseball program will open its 44th season of competition on Friday, Feb. 3, when it travels to Hanceville, Ala., for a doubleheader against Wallace State Community College. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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Motlow State Community College baseball Head Coach Dan McShea will begin his 11th season at the helm of the program when his team travels to Hanceville, Ala., on Feb. 3 to play a doubleheader with Wallace State. The first home game is Feb. 10, when Marshalltown (IA) visits the Driver Baseball Complex for a noon doubleheader. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
Head Coach Dan McShea enters his 11th year at the helm of the program, having compiled an overall record of 229-280-1 in his 10 seasons, including a 20-37 mark in 2016. McShea will be assisted full time once again this season by Cody Gaskill and by volunteer assistant Hayden Pewitt.

After visiting Wallace State, the Bucks will continue to Birmingham where they will play a doubleheader with Lawson State on Feb. 4. The home opener is Friday, Feb. 10, with a doubleheader scheduled against Marshalltown (IA) Community College at noon at the Driver Baseball Complex. The two teams will play another twin bill the following day.

Tennessee Community College Athletic Association play begins Mar. 3, at home, when a three-game series with Chattanooga State begins with a 1 p.m. single nine-inning contest. A pair of seven-inning games will be played the following day. All TCCAA series are scheduled for three games using the single nine inning game on the first day and a pair of seven inning contests the second day format.

The longest road trip for the Bucks will be Feb. 17-18 when they travel to Niceville, Fla., to play four games in two days. The opposition will be Northwest Florida State College, the host school, and Andrew College.

There are two long home stands scheduled. The first and longest is Feb. 24-Mar. 7, with nine games on the docket including the first conference series with Chattanooga State. The Bucks will also be at home for seven games in seven days from Apr. 7-14, including TCCAA series with both Jackson State and Volunteer State.

The season ends with Motlow's two longest conference road trips; Walters State in Morristown and Southwest Tennessee in Memphis, on back-to-back weekends beginning Apr. 21. The TCCAA/Region VII Tournament is scheduled for May 7-10 at Volunteer State in Gallatin, and the national tournament begins May 27 in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Although Motlow began its baseball program during the first spring the school was open in 1970, there was no baseball played between the years 1983-1986. The program restarted in 1987 and has been vibrant since.

Motlow has 55 games scheduled for the 2017 season, three less than the maximum of 58. There are 27 home games scheduled, including 11 doubleheaders and five single games. Admission is free to all Motlow athletic events and the concession stand is always open.

Former Motlow State baseball coach Don Rhoton to be inducted into TCCAA Hall of Fame Jan. 13

Dec. 21, 2016

Former Motlow State Community College head baseball coach and athletic director Don Rhoton will be inducted into the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) Hall of Fame on Friday, Jan. 13, at Nisbett Center on Motlow's Moore County campus.

The ceremony will be held at halftime of the women's basketball contest between the Motlow Lady Bucks and visiting Walters State. Both teams are nationally ranked and the winner will be in sole possession of first place in the TCCAA standings. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., with the men's game to follow.

"We are extremely proud to welcome Coach Rhoton back to Motlow and to see him finally receive this honor of being inducted into the TCCAA Hall of Fame," said Scott Shasteen, athletics director at Motlow. "Don built a baseball powerhouse here and helped change the lives of hundreds of young men. We invite all of his former players and those who have followed his successful career to come out and support him on this memorable night."

Rhoton was the head coach of the Motlow baseball program during its most successful stretch. From 1989 until 2006, Rhoton's teams won 669 games while losing only 268. He also served as Motlow's athletic director from 1995-2006.

His teams won TCCAA/Region VII championships in 1998 and 2000, and finished as the national tournament runner-up in 2000, falling to San Jacinto, Texas in the national championship game. The 2000 team posted a school-best 57-13 record and recorded a program record 17-game winning streak.

Rhoton was named the TCCAA Coach of the Year three times, and his teams won seven consecutive Eastern Division titles from 1994-2000. Sixteen of his former players made it to the professional ranks, including current San Francisco Giants pitcher Bryan Morris. During Rhoton's 18 years at Motlow, he coached 114 players who continued their careers as student-athletes at four-year institutions.

Prior to his career at Motlow, Rhoton coached the Franklin County High School baseball team for 11 years, compiling a 213-97 record and winning five district titles and two region championships. He is currently the athletic director at Franklin County High School in Winchester.

Rhoton joins three other members of the Motlow State athletics family who have been inducted into the TCCAA Hall of Fame. Joe Daves started the men's basketball program and coached it for nine years from 1969-78, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987. Carr McCalla, former Motlow men's basketball head coach and athletics director, was inducted in 1998, and former Bucks baseball player and professional baseball player David Weathers was inducted last January.

Don Rhoton
Don Rhoton compiled an amazing 669-268 record during his 18 years as head baseball coach for Motlow State Community College from 1989-2006. Rhoton, currently the athletics director at Franklin County High School, will be inducted into the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association Hall of Fame on Friday, Jan. 13, at Nisbett Center on Motlow's Moore County campus. Photo provided.

Motlow State baseball's Helton, Gilmer earn national academic recognition

June 23, 2016

Motlow State Community College student athletes posted another strong performance in the classroom during the 2015-16 year, led by a pair of baseball players who were recently honored by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

Sophomore Charter Helton earned the Superior Academic Achievement Award, which goes to student-athletes who post a grade point average between 3.80 - 3.99. Helton played his high school baseball at Lewis County in Hohenwald. He was injured for much of the season and received a medical hardship, giving him an additional season of eligibility.

Classmate John Reese Gilmer, who played at Coffee County Central High School in Manchester and transferred to Motlow following his freshman season at Tennessee Temple University, earned the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award from the NJCAA, recognizing those who post a grade point average between 3.60 - 3.79.

Motlow's softball team led the school's four athletic programs in overall classroom performance, posting a team GPA of 3.0. Overall, 66 percent of Motlow's sophomore student athletes graduated in May, with multiple others scheduled to complete their associate degree in August.

Bucks' Region VII Tournament run ends at hands of Jackson State

May 12, 2016

The Motlow Bucks made a strong showing at the TCCAA/Region VII baseball tournament this week, advancing from the play-in game to the third round before falling to Jackson State 9-1 Wednesday morning at Columbia State Community College in Columbia.

The Bucks finished the season with a 20-37 record, the seventh time they have won 20 or more games in the previous eight seasons. Despite the loss to Jackson State, which leads the nation in runs scored this season, the Bucks played their best baseball of the year at the tournament.

After entering the tournament as the No. 10 seed and forced into Sunday's play-in game, the Bucks took care of business when they out-slugged Volunteer State 15-13 Sunday. Motlow built a 10-2 lead, then held off a furious charge by the desperate Pioneers.

The win propelled the Bucks into Monday's opening round, where they fell to No. 2 Dyersburg State 9-5, forcing Motlow into the elimination bracket, where they faced a difficult task against No. 3 Cleveland State.

The Bucks were up to the challenge though, beating the Cougars 7-4 behind the pitching of RJ Moore, JR Gilmer, Bryce Bub and Connor Boyd. The win advanced the Bucks to day three, where the Generals ended Motlow's season by scoring six runs in the second inning.

Head Coach Dan McShea completed his tenth year at the helm of the Bucks' program with an overall record of 229-280-1. Recruiting for the 2017 season is already in full swing, and McShea has signed a number of impressive prospects that should help lead the Bucks back into conference title contention in 2017.

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Motlow State freshman Camron Harper lines a base hit during a contest earlier this season at the Driver Baseball Complex on Motlow's Moore County campus. Harper played his prep baseball at Smyrna High School and is one of over a dozen freshman that could return in 2017 to form the nucleus of next season's baseball squad. Motlow's 2016 season ended in the third round of the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament in Columbia. Jeff Reed Photography.
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