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Motlow College Athletic News

Lady Bucks earn road sweep over Jackson State

April 10, 2018

The Motlow Lady Bucks banged out 42 hits and got quality time in the circle from four different pitchers as they traveled to Jackson and swept the Jackson State Lady Generals in a four-game TCCAA conference series Sunday and Monday.

The Lady Bucks (20-14, 17-7) solidified their hold on fourth place in the TCCAA standings with the victories and have an opportunity to climb even higher during the next two weeks, when they face a pair of teams that are ahead of them in the standings. Motlow has won five straight conference series and 13 of its previous 15 games.

But first they will enjoy something they hadn't done since April 2016, sweeping all four games from a conference opponent. Motlow beat Jackson 4-3, 11-5 on Sunday and 10-5, 8-2 Monday. The games were originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, but were postponed due to cold, wet conditions.

Up next is a trip to Gallatin to face Volunteer State, currently ahead of the Lady Bucks in the standings, Friday and Saturday. Motlow will finish the regular season at home, with series against second place Walters State April 20 & 21, and Southwest Tennessee April 27 & 28.

Sunday's first game was the closest of the series. Motlow jumped out front 2-0 in the first inning and 3-0 after two innings, but the Lady Generals tied the game in the fourth. Motlow's winning run came in the top of the sixth inning, when Kylie Thackerson singled with one out and after a fielder's choice, Haley Hinshaw drove in Jennifer Corbitt with a two-out single.

Kendall Durard (13-5) got the win in the circle in relief of Breanna Owens, who pitched 3.1 innings and allowed two earned runs on six hits. Durard tossed the final 3.2 innings, giving up just one hit with five strikeouts. Thackerson had two hits, while Hinshaw, Owens, Madison Hopkins and Madison Woodruff drove in runs.

The second game Sunday saw the Lady Bucks jump out in front with eight runs in the first four innings and coast home with the sweep for the day. Thackerson had four hits and four runs scored at the top of the batting order, and Woodruff had four hits with two runs batted in. Hopkins added three hits and Corbitt had two hits with two RBI.

Durard got her second win of the day, pitching the first five innings and allowing five hits and three runs. Samantha King pitched the final two innings, surrendering three hits and one earned run with five strikeouts.

Motlow had to come from behind in the first game Monday after falling behind 4-0 in the second inning. The Lady Bucks were up to the challenge, scoring six runs in the third inning and four more in the fourth. Miranda Cooksey hit a grand slam in the third after Motlow took advantage of four walks and a single, and Thackerson drove a pair of runs with a single in the fourth.

Owens got the start but lasted only 1.2 innings, despite allowing zero earned runs on five hits. Durard picked up another win, pitching 4.1 innings and allowing just two hits. Sarah Wilson pitched the final inning and got all three batters out that she faced.

The series finale once again featured the Lady Bucks taking the lead early, scoring two runs in the second inning and three more in the third. Owens and Ciera Dobbins each drove in two runs, while Ariel McAtee, Hopkins and Owens had two hits each. Wilson pitched the first three innings, allowing four hits and one earned run, while King pitched the final four innings and gave up just two hits with four strikeouts.

Kylie Thackerson
Motlow leadoff hitter Kylie Thackerson waits for the pitch during a recent home game. Thackerson had eight hits and scored six runs during the Lady Bucks' sweep over TCCAA opponent Jackson State last weekend in Jackson. Thackerson, a freshman from Scottsboro, Ala., leads the Lady Bucks with a .407 batting average and 13 stolen bases. Jeff Reed Photography.