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Anderson walk-offs propel Lady Bucks to split with Walters State

May 2, 2016

Freshman Kenzie Jo Anderson drove in the winning run with walk-off singles in both games Friday as the Motlow Lady Bucks closed the softball regular season by splitting a four-game series with nationally-ranked Walters State at Lady Bucks Field.

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The Lady Bucks (26-22, 19-17) battled the visiting Lady Senators, who entered the series ranked No. 13 in the nation, down to the wire in all four games. Walters won Thursday's opener 1-0 in nine innings and captured game two 2-1. Motlow won both games on Friday by 2-1 scores. Both teams now await seeding in the upcoming TCCAA/Region VII Tournament, which begins Sunday at Columbia State in Columbia.

Motlow's pitching was nothing short of spectacular during the series, as both Cameron Pearson and Riley Long held the visitors at bay. Pearson (14-8) pitched 17 total innings and allowed just 12 hits and two earned runs. Long (9-12) went 14 innings and scattered 14 hits while allowing only two earned runs.

Anderson came up big when her team needed her the most, as she has multiple times this season.

In Friday's first game with the score tied 1-1 and two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Pearson slammed a triple down the right field line and Anderson followed with the first of her game winners. In game two, Lauren Hasty reached base with a single, advanced to second on Rachel Gamble's sacrifice bunt and scored as Anderson sent the home crowd into a wild celebration.

First-year Lady Bucks' head coach Janice Morey has done a masterful job of leading her team, which spent the fall season without a head coach and not being able to play a fall schedule. After opening the year dropping their first eight TCCAA games and sporting a 5-13 overall record on Apr. 12, the Lady Bucks have gone 21-9 since then, including 19-9 in the conference.

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Motlow softball sophomores
Seven Motlow State sophomore softball players made their final home appearance memorable as they swept visiting Walters St. Friday afternoon in a doubleheader, winning both games 2-1. The Lady Bucks will participate in the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament beginning Sunday in Columbia. From left: Taylor Wolaver, Traci Shelton, Aubrey Crowell, Cameron Pearson, Lauren Hasty, Rachel Gamble, and Riley Long. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.