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Lady Bucks sweep Martin Methodist JV, prepare for home opener next weekend

Feb. 24, 2017

The Motlow State Lady Bucks earned their first doubleheader sweep of the young season, on the road, and will finally play their first home game when TCCAA rival and defending champion Chattanooga States visits for a four-game series March 3-4.

Riley O'Neal
Motlow State sophomore Riley O'Neal runs through a tunnel of teammates following her home run that gave the Lady Bucks the lead and helped them to an 8-3 win over the Martin Methodist College JV team Wednesday afternoon. Motlow won both games over the RedHawks and will host Chattanooga State on Friday, March 3. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
The Lady Bucks (3-6, 0-0) traveled to Pulaski and beat the Martin Methodist College JV team 8-3 and 3-1 Wednesday afternoon. Doubleheaders against Chattanooga State will begin Friday at 1 p.m. and Saturday at noon at Motlow's newly-renovated Lady Bucks Field on the Moore County campus.

Wednesday's opening win against the RedHawks was keyed by Riley O'Neal's two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning, which scored Ashton Watkins who had doubled with one out. The homer broke a 3-3 tie and sent the Lady Bucks to their second victory of the year.

Motlow scored a run in the first inning when O'Neal singled with two outs to drive in Caroline Abernethy, who led off the game with a triple. The Lady Bucks increased their lead to 3-0 in the third inning when Breanna Owens and Watkins singled, then advanced a base when O'Neal reached on an error. Both Owens and Watkins scored as Ciera Dobbins grounded into a double play.

After Martin Methodist tied the score in the fourth inning, O'Neal's big hit put the Lady Bucks in the lead for good. O'Neal and Watkins each had three hits with Taylor Honea adding a pair of hits and two RBI on a seventh inning triple that drove in O'Neal and Dobbins.

Owens went the distance and got the win on the mound, scattering six hits and striking out five while allowing only one walk.

Game two saw the Lady Bucks jump out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Abernethy led off with a single and Owens reached on an error. Watkins then doubled, driving in Abernethy and advancing Owens to third base. With two outs, Chelbie Gannon singled to left, driving in both Owens and Watkins.

Owens started the game on the mound but pitched only one inning, allowing one hit and two walks. Sarah Wilson pitched the final six innings and got the win, giving up only one hit and two walks with two strikeouts.