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Bucks combine timely hitting, strong pitching to sweep TCCAA rival Roane State

March 25, 2019

Sophomore Kobe Foster allowed only three hits and struck out 15 Roane State batters Saturday afternoon to help lead the Motlow State Bucks to a three-game sweep over the Raiders at the Driver Baseball Complex on Motlow's Moore County campus.

Motlow (21-7, 9-1) beat the visitors 15-5 Friday afternoon, then swept them 2-1 and 4-1 on Saturday. The wins came behind a split with Shorter University JV on Wednesday, with Motlow winning the opener 10-0 before falling in game two 8-2. The Bucks remain tied at the top of the TCCAA standings with Walters State.

Foster (5-0), from Huntland, has been almost unhittable this season, lowering his conference-leading earned run average to 0.99 and raising his conference-leading strikeout total to 58.

Friday's series opener featured the Motlow bats exploding for 15 runs on 18 hits. All nine batters had at least one hit, with Nathan Sanders leading the way with two doubles and four hits and Gunnar Ricketts driving in four runs. Ricketts, Stephen Cullen and Sam Stohr all homered for Motlow, with Stohr slamming his conference-leading ninth and Cullen just one behind with eight.

Dalton Wilder (3-1) got the win on the mound for the Bucks, allowing nine hits and four earned runs with nine strikeouts in six innings. Coleman Fleming pitched a perfect seventh inning to seal the run-rule victory.

Saturday's first game was all Foster after the Bucks scored a run in the bottom of the first and another in the third inning. Foster faced only 25 batters in the seven-inning contest, allowing just one walk while the only run scored was unearned. Nathan Sanders homered for the Bucks and Stohr had a pair of doubles.

The series finale featured another excellent pitching performance by the Bucks as Logan Walters (1-2) pitched six innings and allowed just five hits with 10 strikeouts. Dallas Bryan picked up his seventh save of the season, allowing one hit with three strikeouts in the seventh inning.

Motlow's offense gave Walters and Bryan all the runs they needed, scoring all four in the first inning. Dathan Sanders had three hits and drove in a run, while Patrick Music, Stohr, Ricketts and Micah McClellan each scored for the Bucks.

Motlow was scheduled to travel to Pulaski to take on the Martin Methodist College JV on Monday, March 25, then go to Birmingham to play Lawson State Tuesday. The Bucks will travel to Dyersburg State, the third-place team in the TCCAA, this weekend for a three-game series.

Stephen Cullen
Motlow State sophomore Nathan Sanders, joined by Roane State's catcher and the home plate umpire, watch the trajectory of the ball as Sanders hits it to right field. Sanders, from Smyrna, had four hits Friday afternoon to lead the Bucks to a 15-5 win over the Raiders. Motlow swept the three-game series and remains tied for first place in the TCCAA standings. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.