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Motlow Bucks look to get on track with weekend trip to Dyersburg State

March 12, 2015

The Motlow Bucks have an opportunity to reset the start of the baseball season when they travel to Dyersburg this weekend for a three-game series against TCCAA rival Dyersburg State.

Aaron Hobbs
Lewisburg freshman Aaron Hobbs is among Motlow's batting leaders with a .308 average. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
The series was scheduled to be played Friday and Saturday, but due to continued inclement weather it has been rescheduled for Sunday and Monday, although start times in Dyersburg have not yet been determined.

The Bucks (2-13, 1-5) will try and shake off getting swept at home last weekend by Columbia State. The two teams fought through multiple weather-related postponements to finally complete the series on Monday. Columbia swept Sunday's doubleheader 4-0, 6-4, then pounded the Bucks on Monday 15-4 in the series finale.

Sunday's opener saw Motlow manage only three hits, with two by sophomore catcher Darren White. The visiting Chargers scored once in the second inning and three more runs in the sixth. Bucks' starting pitcher Matt Sharp (0-4) pitched the first 5.2 innings, allowing three earned runs with five strikeouts and five walks. Taylor Paschal tossed the final 1.1 innings and allowed only one hit.

Game two on Sunday was a disappointing one for Motlow fans as the Bucks let a 4-3 lead slip away in the final inning on the way to a 6-4 loss. Motlow scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning and another in the second to lead 3-0. Columbia tied the score 3-3 in the fourth, but Motlow retook the lead with a run in the sixth.

The Bucks took advantage of four walks by Columbia starter Cody Pucket to grab the lead in the first inning, then scored their third run on a pair of Charger errors in the second. Motlow starter Nate Newman was coasting with the lead until the fourth, when he was tagged for a three-run homer by Austin Reynolds.

Hayden Bailey relieved Newman on the mound for the Bucks in the top of the sixth and struck out Reynolds to end the inning. The Bucks then grabbed the lead back with a two-out rally when Charter Helton singled and Hunter Nance drove him home with a triple.

Bailey couldn't hold the lead though as the visiting Chargers took advantage of a pair of walks and a pair of Motlow defensive lapses to score three runs and steal the win. Bailey (1-2) took the loss, allowing two hits and three runs in 1.1 innings pitched. Helton led Motlow's offense with a pair of hits.

Monday's series finale was played on a sloppy Driver Complex field and the home team's defense was somewhat sloppy as well, with the Bucks committing four errors during the nine inning contest. Motlow led 1-0 after an inning as Patrick Poteet drove in Nick Chambers, who had opened the game with a single.

Helton (0-2) started for Motlow and allowed four earned runs with four strikeouts in 5.2 innings. The Chargers scored twice in the second inning, once in the third, twice more in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings before capping the weekend with six runs in the ninth.

Paschal had a pair of hits to lead the Motlow offense, which could never manage the big hit when needed as evidenced by 15 runners being left on base.

Motlow and Dyersburg State are scheduled to get started on Friday with a single, nine-inning contest at 2 p.m., then conclude the series with a Saturday doubleheader at noon. Motlow's next home game is Monday, with non-conference opponent Morton College visiting the Driver Complex at 2 p.m.

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