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Lady Bucks sweep DH from Gadsden State, open conference play next week

Feb. 20, 2015

The Motlow Lady Bucks put it all together on the softball diamond last weekend, sweeping visiting Gadsden State 7-3, 7-1 at Lady Bucks Field on the Motlow Moore County campus.

Makayla Campbell
Motlow second baseman Makayla Campbell keeps her eye on the ball during the Lady Bucks' sweep of Gadsden State last weekend. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
Motlow (3-1-2) will host non-conference opponent Snead State on Wednesday, Feb. 25, in their final tune-up before Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) rival Jackson State comes to town for a four-game series beginning Friday, Feb. 27. Friday's doubleheader begins at 1 p.m., while Saturday's twin bill gets started at noon. There is no admission charge to Motlow athletic events.

Game one against Gadsden was tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Motlow sophomore catcher Chelsea Buffington broke the tie with a single to drive in Miranda Whelan, who had opened the inning with a single. One out later, freshman Traci Shelton slammed a three-run homer to give the Lady Bucks a 7-3 lead heading into the final inning.

Cameron Pearson started on the mound for the Lady Bucks, allowing all three runs, two of them earned, in three innings of work. Riley Long (1-1) got the win after relieving Pearson in the fourth inning and allowing only three hits in four innings.

Shelton, batting in the No. 9 spot, had two hits and four RBI, while Buffington was 2-3 with two runs scored and two RBI and Taylor Wolaver added a pair of hits.

The bottom of the sixth inning was extremely good to the Lady Bucks in game two as well. Motlow broke a 1-1 tie with six runs in the frame, sparked by a pair of doubles to open the inning by Aubrey Crowell and Whelan. Morgan Moyers added an RBI single, Bridgette Wilson hit a two-run single, and Crowell, batting for the second time in the inning, finished the scoring with an RBI single.

Whelan (1-0) was outstanding in pitching a complete game, scattering six hits while striking out four and allowing only two walks. Moyers had three hits at the top of the order and Wilson, Crowell and Whelan each added a pair of hits, with Wilson driving in three runs.

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