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Roane St. 1-10, 3-20
Bucks head into weekend series at Volunteer St. having won four of their previous five
March 26, 2015
After a sluggish start to the baseball season, the Motlow Bucks have begun turning their campaign around following a sweep of the Roane State Raiders over the weekend at the Driver Baseball Complex on the Moore County campus.
Motlow center fielder Spencer Mossburg heads for home plate after hitting one of his two home runs against Roane State on Sunday. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
The Bucks (8-17, 5-7) beat the Raiders 10-0, 3-1 on Saturday, then powered their way to a 7-5 win on Sunday in a single, nine-inning contest. Motlow traveled to Pulaski on Wednesday and earned a non-conference doubleheader split with Martin Methodist College JV. The Bucks won the opener 12-2 and dropped game two 6-3.
Motlow will travel to Gallatin this weekend for a three-game series with Volunteer State. Friday's single game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. with Saturday's doubleheader scheduled for a noon start. Motlow will return home on Monday to host non-conference Wallace State at 1 p.m.
Saturday's opening game against Roane State was a scoreless affair until the third inning, when the Bucks took advantage of errors by the visitors and timely base hits to score 10 runs. Bucks' starter Nate Newton was spectacular on the mound, shutting down the Raiders with only four hits allowed. The game, scheduled for seven innings, ended in the fifth on the 10-run rule.
Lewisburg freshman Aaron Hobbs went 2-3 and drove in four runs, with Lincoln Rivera going 1-2 and driving in two.
Saturday's nightcap was a much closer contest, with Motlow scoring its three runs in the sixth inning to overcome a 1-0 deficit. Nick Chambers had an RBI double in the inning and Rivera, a sophomore from Springfield, Utah, added an RBI single.
Charter Helton provided the Bucks with one of the season's finest pitching performances, going the full seven innings and allowing only six hits.
Sunday's nine-inning contest saw the Bucks jump out in front 5-1 after three innings before Roane State closed the gap to 5-4 in the top of the sixth. Motlow responded with a run in the sixth and another in the seventh, both on solo home runs, to earn its first TCCAA series sweep of the season.
Redshirt freshman Spencer Mossburg exploded at the plate for the Bucks, slamming a pair of home runs and driving in three. Mossburg hit a two-run shot in the first inning, driving in Chambers, and then hit his solo homer in the seventh to provide the Bucks an insurance run.
Third baseman Cody Blackburn also homered in the sixth and was 2-4 on the day with two RBI. Motlow starter Matt Sharp went 5.1 innings to get the win, allowing seven hits and four earned runs. Hayden Bailey picked up the save, pitching the final 3.2 innings with five strikeouts while giving up only two hits.