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Motlow College Athletic News

De'Andre Pitts' game-winning homer completes Bucks sweep at Roane State

March 19, 2018

De'Andre Pitts slammed a two-out, two-run game-winning homer in the top of the seventh inning in Saturday's third and final game and the Motlow Bucks completed a three-game sweep over TCCAA rival Roane State over the weekend in Harriman, Tenn.

The Bucks (19-11, 6-3) had all components working effectively against the Raiders, winning Friday's nine inning contest 3-0. On Saturday the Bucks got a pair of complete game pitching performances, first from Logan Walters in a 7-0 win, then from Kobe Foster in the thrilling 5-4 victory. Motlow has now won five of its last six conference games and 13 of its last 17 overall.

Motlow is scheduled to step outside the conference and travel to Lookout Mountain, Ga., on Tuesday, to face the Covenant College JV, although incoming weather threatens that 2 p.m. doubleheader. The Bucks return to TCCAA action this weekend when they welcome defending conference champion Dyersburg State (14-7, 6-3) to the Driver Baseball Complex. Friday's single game begins at 2 p.m. and Saturday's doubleheader is scheduled to start at noon.

Tyler Harmon and Justin Parker (2-1) combined for nine innings of five-hit pitching in Friday's opener. Harmon got the start and went seven innings, giving up five hits with four strikeouts. Parker got the win, pitching the final two innings and facing the minimum six batters, allowing no hits and striking out two.

Motlow managed only seven hits themselves, with the big one being a two-run single by Pitts in the top of the ninth inning that drove in two runs.

On Saturday it was Walters (2-1) who provided excellent work on the mound, scattering just five hits in seven innings with 10 strikeouts. Paul McIntosh slammed a home run, tying him with Troy Weatherly for the team lead, and Kirby Smith hit his first of the year. Nathan Sanders, Smith and Paul Rahman each had two hits, and McIntosh, Colin Smith and Pitts each drove in two runs.

The series finale featured another solid pitching performance by Kobe Foster (5-0) and the game-winning heroics of Pitts. Foster went all seven innings, allowing seven hits with nine strikeouts. McIntosh had another home run, his 13th, with Jake Chaney and Patrick Music also driving in runs.

Heading into this week's action, Weatherly leads the Bucks with a .404 batting average and has 13 home runs, eight doubles and 37 runs batted in. McIntosh is hitting .326 with six doubles and 28 RBI, and Colin Smith is batting .333 with six doubles, six homers and 28 runs batted in. The Bucks have now hit 53 home runs as a team, the most in the nation.

On the mound its Foster leading the way with his five wins and three saves. The freshman has pitched 31 innings, with 14 coming in his last two starts, and sports a 3.19 earned run average with 45 strikeouts. Harmon is 2-2 with a 3.43 ERA and 38 strikeouts, Walters is 2-1 with a 4.11 ERA and 26 strikeouts, and Parker is 2-1 with 1.69 ERA in 10.1 innings and 13 strikeouts.

Logan Walters
Logan Walters, a redshirt-freshman from South Pittsburg, prepares to deliver a pitch during a game earlier this season. Walters had a complete-game, 10-strikeout performance as the Bucks beat Roane State 7-0 Saturday. Motlow swept the series over the Raiders and will welcome TCCAA defending champion Dyersburg State to the Driver Baseball Complex this weekend. Jeff Reed Photography.