Contact: Tori Raby-Gentry
Head Softball Coach
Mar. 11, 2014
The Motlow Lady Bucks will step back into Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) action this coming weekend when they host Cleveland State in a four-game series at the softball complex on the Moore County campus.
The Lady Bucks (6-12, 2-10) will travel to Decatur, Ala. on Tuesday, Mar. 11 for a 1 p.m. doubleheader against non-conference opponent Calhoun Community College. Wednesday the Lady Bucks were scheduled to play at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, but the doubleheader has been rescheduled for April 15 at 3 p.m.
Last weekend's games in Dyersburg were originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday but were postponed and played Sunday and Monday. The Lady Eagles won the opener 4-0, but the Lady Bucks came back and took game two on Sunday 13-12.
The home team earned the sweep on Monday, beating the Lady Bucks 5-4 in game one and then winning the series with a 9-6 victory in game two.
In Sunday's opener in Dyersburg, the Lady Bucks were unable to get any offense generated. Motlow managed only four hits, including two by Morgan Frye. Mindy Jo Britt took the loss on the mound, allowing eight hits and eight walks with five strikeouts in six innings of work.
Motlow's offense got untracked in game two Sunday, scoring two runs in the first inning, one in the second, four in the third and six in the fifth inning. Dyersburg stayed close and scored twice in the bottom of the seventh before coming up just short.
Lauren Warren had four hits for Motlow, with Chelsea Buffington and Chelsea Howell adding three hits each. Buffington and Howell each drove in two runs and Warren scored four times. Lindsey Knoer picked up the win, allowing six runs in four innings of work. Monica Lane pitched the middle two innings and Britt got the final three outs to earn the save.
Monday the Lady Bucks' offense again started fast in game one, scoring three runs in the top of the first. However, the Lady Eagles came back with three of their own in the bottom of the third. With the score tied, Dyersburg took the lead with a run in the bottom of the fifth, but the Lady Bucks tied it with one in the sixth. The home team won it with a run in the bottom of the sixth.
Britt (1-4) took the loss, going the distance and allowing five hits and four earned runs with four strikeouts. The Lady Bucks had six hits and got runs batted in from Buffington, Frye and Morgan Moyers.
Motlow jumped out in front in Monday's series finale by scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. After leading 6-2 entering the bottom of the third, the Lady Bucks saw Dyersburg score five in the fourth inning.
Knoer (3-5) gave up eight runs in 3.2 innings, including five walks. Lane pitched the final 2.1 innings and allowed only one hit, but Motlow's offense was unable to generate a rally. Keli Bruning and Bridgette Wilson each had two hits for the Lady Bucks, and Howell drove in three runs with a first-inning double.
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