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Motlow softball momentum slowed down by Columbia State and inclement weather

March 10, 2015

The Motlow Lady Bucks saw their modest six-game winning streak come to an abrupt end when they dropped a doubleheader to TCCAA rival Columbia State 17-2, 8-0 Sunday afternoon at Cascade High School.

Bridgette Wilson
Motlow sophomore Bridgette Wilson looks to make a play from third base during Motlow's recent doubleheader against Columbia State. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
Motlow (7-3-2, 4-2) and Columbia (6-4, 3-1) were scheduled to play another doubleheader as part of the four-game series, but were not able to complete the series due to continued inclement weather. No makeup date has been announced for the final two games. The series was originally scheduled to be played March 6 and 7 at Lady Bucks Field, but was moved to Sunday and Monday and moved to Cascade, which drains significantly better.

The Lady Bucks were also scheduled to play a non-conference doubleheader against Gadsden State in Gadsden, Ala., on Tuesday, but the trip was cancelled as well due to continued rain. Next on the schedule is a four-game series against conference rival Dyersburg State, in Dyersburg, Friday and Saturday, March 13 & 14.

Motlow never seemed to recover against Columbia State on Sunday after the Lady Chargers scored five runs in the top of the first inning. Freshman Cameron Pearson (4-1) struggled out of the gate, allowing a three-run homer in the first. She was not helped by her defense, which committed four errors leading to 10 unearned runs by the visitors.

The Lady Bucks' two runs came in the fourth inning as freshman Aubrey Crowell hit her third home run of the season, driving in Bridgette Wilson who had been hit by a pitch to open the inning. After Motlow had cut the lead to 8-2, the Lady Chargers finished game one off by scoring nine in the top of the fifth.

Sunday's second game was not a whole lot different than the first as the Lady Bucks struggled to hit the ball against outstanding Columbia State pitching. The Lady Chargers once again jumped out front early with five runs in the top of the third inning. Motlow managed only three hits, including a double by sophomore Chelsea Buffington.

Freshman Riley Long (2-2) took the loss for Motlow, although she pitched 3.1 innings and allowed only five hits and two earned runs. Classmate Lauren Hasty tossed the final 2.2 innings, allowing four hits and two earned runs.

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