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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.
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.