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Motlow College Athletic News

Lady Bucks earn split in Meridian, open TCCAA play Friday at Chattanooga State

Feb. 26, 2018

Kendall Durard threw five shutout innings and the Lady Bucks stole seven bases as Motlow earned a split at the Rush Invitational by run-ruling Bevill State (Ala.) 11-0 Friday night in Meridian, Miss. The Lady Bucks dropped their opening game Friday 6-2 to Wallace State-Dothan (Ala.).

Motlow (3-5, 0-0) was scheduled to play three games in Meridian on Saturday, but rain washed out the entire day and the games were cancelled. The Lady Bucks will open TCCAA conference play this weekend with a four-game series at Chattanooga State. Friday's doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. central time, with Saturday's twinbill set for an 11 a.m. central start. The Lady Tigers are the defending conference champions and ranked No. 14 in the preseason NJCAA softball poll.

Durard was on target the entire contest, striking out six while scattering three hits and allowing only one walk. She got plenty of offensive help as the Lady Bucks scored once in the first inning, five in the second, three in the fourth and two more in the fifth inning.

Haley Hinshaw scored on a passed ball in the first after a one-out single and a stolen base. The Lady Bucks took advantage of five walks and an error to plate five runs in the second inning. Three errors helped Motlow score its three runs in the fourth, and the Lady Bucks pieced together five straight singles to score their final two runs.

Hinshaw went 2-3 with two runs scored and two runs batted in, while Samantha King had three hits and Madison Woodruff drove in three runs. Kylie Thackerson stole two bases, with Durard, Ace Hanson, Hinshaw, King and Ariel McAtee also notching stolen bases.

Jennifer Corbitt got the start in the circle in the first game and took the loss, allowing three runs in the second inning. King relieved her and pitched well, allowing no earned runs and only three hits with six strikeouts in the final five innings.

Motlow struggled to generate offense, scoring once in the fourth and again in the seventh. King slammed a long solo home run, her first of the season, in the fourth inning, and Woodruff drove in Hinshaw with a two-out single in the seventh. Woodruff had two hits in the contest.