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Motlow College Athletic News

After lost weekend, Bucks look to get back on track at Jackson State

April 3, 2018

The Motlow Bucks saw their 11 game winning streak come to a close this past weekend when Columbia State came into the Driver Baseball Complex and swept the Bucks in a TCCAA conference baseball series.

The Bucks (26-15, 9-6) dropped a 12-10 decision in 10 innings in Friday's contest, then lost both games of Saturday's doubleheader, 10-4 and 9-6. Motlow is now tied for third in the TCCAA standings along with Volunteer State, Chattanooga State and Dyersburg State. Columbia State (24-11, 11-4) moved into sole possession of second place with the weekend victories.

Motlow will have a chance to get back on the winning track this weekend when they travel to Jackson, Tenn., for a three game series against TCCAA rival Jackson State (15-18, 3-12). Friday's nine inning game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., with the Saturday doubleheader scheduled for a noon start.

The Bucks and Chargers traded blows on Friday, with Motlow taking a 4-1 lead after four innings, then Columbia scoring five in the fifth, then the Bucks adding six runs in the bottom of the sixth. The Chargers added two runs in the top of the ninth to send the game into extra innings before winning it with two in the tenth.

Motlow had sufficient offense to win, slapping 14 hits, including home runs by Paul McIntosh and Troy Weatherly. Nathan Sanders had three hits and drove in two runs, and Colin Smith and De'Andre Pitts each added two hits. Tyler Harmon started on the mound for Motlow and lasted four innings, with Kobe Foster (6-1) suffering his first loss of the season in relief. Justin Parker, Jase Carvell and Dallas Bryan each also pitched for the Bucks.

After Motlow scored three runs in the bottom of the first on a three-run homer by Kirby Smith in Saturday's opening game, the Chargers responded with six runs in the second inning and never trailed again. The Bucks only managed seven hits, with Tre Bailliez getting two. Carson Pack (3-1) took the loss on the mound, lasting 3.1 innings and allowing seven runs and 10 hits. Chandler Hardiman, Parker, Jordan Burdette and Chase Dixon also pitched for Motlow.

The series finale saw Columbia State jump out in front with three runs in the first inning, forcing Motlow to play catch-up the rest of the way. The Bucks could not catch the visitors, although Motlow did score three runs in the bottom of the seventh to make it interesting.

The Bucks got home runs from Weatherly, Jake Chaney and Paul Rahman, with Rahman's a three-run shot in the seventh. Logan Walters (3-2) got the start and took the loss, allowing eight hits and six earned runs in 4.1 innings. Bryan, Foster and Hardiman also pitched for Motlow.

Weatherly has now hit 17 home runs on the season, more than any junior college player in the country, with McIntosh third in the nation with 15. As a team the Bucks have slammed 72 home runs, leading the country by 11. The single season Motlow record for homers is 27, set by Joshua Arteaga in 2000. The most home runs by a Motlow team in a single season is 103, also set in 2000, when the Bucks went to the JUCO World Series and lost in the national championship game. Motlow played a school record 70 games during the 2000 season.

Tre Bailliez
Motlow baserunner Tre Bailliez studies the Columbia State pitcher's move during the Bucks and Chargers TCCAA series last weekend at the Driver Baseball Complex. Bailliez, a freshman from LaVergne, had two hits in the game and played error-free at shortstop. Motlow will travel to Jackson State this weekend for a three game series against the Generals. Jeff Reed Photography.