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Motlow College Athletic News

Lady Bucks open two-week softball home stretch Saturday

Feb. 12, 2015

After opening the season with two of their first four games ending with tied scores due to darkness, the Motlow Lady Bucks will begin a two-week, 10-game home stretch when they host Gadsden State on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Lady Bucks Field on the Moore County campus. The first pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for noon.

The Lady Bucks (1-1-2) took their first road trip on Tuesday, playing a doubleheader in Boaz, Ala., against non-conference opponent Snead State. Motlow dropped the opener 6-5 as Snead scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Although the official Motlow softball record book shows no ties in the schools' 20-year softball history, the Lady Bucks recorded their second tie in the last week in game two at Snead. The Lady Bucks scored the tying run in the top of the sixth inning, and after holding Snead scoreless in the bottom of the sixth the game was called due to darkness.

In its season-opening doubleheader at home on Friday, Motlow won game one 6-4 and then saw game two called because of darkness with the score tied 6-6 after seven innings against visiting Calhoun Community College.

The opener in Boaz saw the home team score single runs in the first, third and fourth innings against starter Cameron Pearson, who pitched four innings and allowed seven hits with three strikeouts. Motlow added two runs in the second inning and another in the third and the two teams entered the sixth inning tied 3-3.

Motlow took a 5-3 lead in the top of the sixth when Makayla Campbell and Bridgette Wilson hit back-to-back RBI doubles. Relief pitcher Riley Long (0-1) was victimized by a critical two-run error in the bottom of the sixth, tying the game 5-5 after six innings.

Another costly Lady Buck error brought the winning run home for Snead on the sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning. Long allowed just two hits in 2.2 innings of work.

Campbell had two hits and drove in two runs, Wilson had an RBI with her double, and Aubrey Crowell hit a triple and scored on a passed ball in the third inning.

Motlow led game two 2-1 after three innings behind the strong starting pitching of Lauren Hasty, who allowed only five hits and one run in three innings of work. Six Snead State errors kept the Lady Bucks in the game, despite being out-hit 10-6.

Rachel Gamble relieved Hasty in the fourth and gave up two runs on a pair of Snead State doubles, putting the Lady Bucks in a 3-2 hole. Motlow tied the game in the top of the sixth when Morgan Moyers drove in Chelsea Buffington with a groundout to first base.

Gamble shut down the home team in the bottom of the sixth and the officials called the game due to darkness.

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