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Motlow College Athletic News

Motlow Bucks open fall baseball schedule this weekend in Chattanooga

Sept. 6, 2017

The Motlow State Bucks will begin fall schedule baseball play this weekend when they travel to Chattanooga to face fellow Tennessee Community College Athletic Association member Chattanooga State. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

The Bucks have eight games lined up for fall, with the possibility of adding more in the next few days. Junior college baseball teams are allowed to play up to 20 games in the fall, between Aug. 22 and Nov. 15, when results and statistics do not count as official. The regular season for baseball begins Jan. 26, 2018, with official practice starting Jan. 10.

Motlow will travel to Murfreesboro on Sept. 15 for a pair of contests, playing Roane State at 10 a.m. and Jackson State at 3 p.m. On Sept. 22, the Bucks will be in Clarksville to face Cleveland State at 5 p.m. and Heartland at 7:30 p.m. Motlow will go to Bowling Green, Ky., on Oct. 7, to play Lincoln Trail at 10 a.m. and Southwest Illinois at 3 p.m. The fall schedule will conclude on Oct. 20, with a trip to Pulaski to play Martin Methodist College.

Head Coach Dan McShea begins his 12th season at the helm of the Bucks with a revamped roster, returning only seven players from last season's squad. Returnees include Jordan Burdette, Jase Carvell, Colin Guscoff, Chandler Hardiman, Darin Keller, Paul Rahman and Kirby Smith.

The Bucks welcome nine transfers, including two from Tennessee Tech, two from Lee University, and one from Middle Tennessee State. Additional transfers are from junior colleges throughout the south, including Lawson State in Alabama, Seminole State and Palm Beach State in Florida, and East Mississippi.

McShea has recruited a strong group of freshmen, with a nice mixture of area players and out-of-state student-athletes. Newcomers from middle Tennessee include Chase Dixon from Tullahoma, Kobe Foster from Huntland, Braden Gentry from Marshall County, Micah McClellan and Tre Bailliez from LaVergne, Nathan and Dayton Sanders from Smyrna, and Dallas Bryan from Hillsboro.

Colin Guscoff
Motlow State sophomore Colin Guscoff (foreground), a catcher/first baseman from Canton, Ohio, leads a group of seven returning sophomores as the Bucks begin fall play this weekend in Chattanooga. Guscoff hit .265 last season in 132 plate appearances, including three home runs, 18 runs batted in, and six doubles. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.