Contact: Tori Raby-Gentry
Head Softball Coach
Mar. 5, 2014
The Motlow Lady Bucks will look to get their softball season back on the winning track when they host non-conference opponent Snead State for a doubleheader on Thursday at the softball complex on the Moore County campus. The first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.
The Lady Bucks (4-8, 1-7) are trying to rebound from a four-game sweep last weekend at the hands of Columbia State. The Lady Chargers beat the Lady Bucks 8-6, 11-2 on Friday, Feb. 28, and 8-7, 13-2 the following Saturday.
Motlow will return to Tennessee Community College Athletic Association action when it travels to Dyersburg State for a four-game series this weekend. Friday's doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. and Saturday's twin bill is scheduled to start at noon.
Friday's opener against Columbia State saw the Lady Chargers jump out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning before the Lady Bucks scored two in the first and two in the second to lead 4-3. Columbia came right back though with two runs in the third inning and two more in the fourth to take the lead for good.
Lindsey Knoer started and took the loss for Motlow, allowing four earned runs on nine hits in four innings. Mindy Jo Britt pitched the final three innings and gave up only two hits and one run. Keli Bruning blasted a home run for Motlow and Bridgett Wilson joined Bruning in driving in two runs each.
Game two on Friday once again featured a three-run first inning by the visitors. Motlow trailed by only one run, 3-2, before Columbia scored a single run in the fifth inning and seven runs in the sixth. Monica Lane started on the mound and took the loss for Motlow, allowing nine hits and six earned runs in 5.2 innings. Morgan Moyers got the final out in the sixth inning.
Lauren Warren had three hits for the Lady Bucks and Tori Taylor and Moyers each had two hits. After stranding 12 runners in game one the Lady Bucks stranded 10 more in game two.
Saturday's first game was especially difficult for Motlow as the Lady Bucks scored five runs in the second inning to lead 5-0. Columbia State came back with three in the fourth, but Motlow added two runs in the fifth and led 7-3. However, the Lady Chargers scored four in the sixth to tie the game and then plated a single run in the seventh for the win.
Britt took the loss on the mound for Motlow after relieving Knoer in the sixth. Knoer allowed five hits and three earned runs and Britt gave up four earned runs on seven hits.
Motlow scattered seven hits, including doubles by Tori Taylor and Morgan Frye. Bruning drove in two of the Lady Bucks' runs, with Frye, Moyers and Lauren Warren also adding RBIs.
The series finale on Saturday was all Lady Chargers as the visitors scored four runs in the first inning and three in the second. Motlow managed single runs in both the third and fifth innings. The Lady Bucks committed three errors, which led to a pair of unearned runs.
Knoer started and took the loss, giving up eight hits and six earned runs in 1.1 innings of work. Lane relieved Knoer in the second and allowed five earned runs and 12 hits in 4.2 innings.
Warren had two hits, including a double that was the only extra-base hit of the game for Motlow. Makayla Campbell also had a pair of hits and Makenzie Hopkins added an RBI for the Lady Bucks.
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