Contact: Tori Raby-Gentry
Head Softball Coach
Chattanooga St. 11-1, 24-8
Walters St. 11-3, 17-6
Motlow 9-3, 14-4-2
Columbia St. 9-3, 14-9
Southwest TN 5-5, 12-8
Volunteer St. 5-7, 7-9
Jackson St. 5-9, 7-10
Cleveland St. 3-11, 4-12
Dyersburg St. 2-8, 3-13
Roane St. 2-12, 7-16
March 24, 2015
The Motlow Lady Bucks got a pair of shutout pitching performances from freshman Cameron Pearson and won three out of four games from TCCAA rival Roane State last weekend. The series win came on the heels of a doubleheader sweep of non-conference opponent Martin Methodist JV on Wednesday.
The Lady Bucks (14-4-2, 9-3) will travel to Gallatin this weekend for a four-game series against conference rival Volunteer State. Friday's doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., with Saturday's action starting at noon.
After sweeping Martin Methodist 3-1, 6-4 in Pulaski Wednesday, the Lady Bucks were forced to move their scheduled Friday doubleheader against Roane State to Saturday at Moore County High School due to wet field conditions. Motlow swept Saturday's action 4-2, 7-3. On Sunday the teams played at Lady Bucks Field, with Motlow winning the opener 2-0 before dropping the nightcap 11-4.
Freshman Taylor Wolaver (2-0) was the pitching star in Wednesday's opening win over MMC, scattering seven hits with three strikeouts. After MMC took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, Motlow tied the game in the third when Wolaver drove in Makayla Campbell with a double after Makayla hit a one-out single.
The go-ahead run came in the sixth when Chelsea Buffington hit a two-out single and scored on a passed ball. The Lady Bucks scored an insurance run in the seventh when Lianna Martinez singled to drive in Bridgette Wilson, who had opened the inning with a single.
Motlow scored four runs in the second inning of game two, then held off a late charge from the home team to earn the sweep. Pearson (8-1) got the win in relief of starter Riley Long with a pair of hitless innings. Long pitched the first three and allowed five hits and one earned run. Lauren Hasty tossed the final two innings, allowing two hits and two runs.
Rachel Gamble went 4-7 on the day and scored three runs, while Martinez was 3-4 in game one with an RBI. Campbell drove in two runs in game two.
Game one on Saturday featured Pearson pitching a complete game, allowing only three hits and no earned runs. The Lady Bucks scored all four of their runs in the fourth inning, led by a two-out, three-run double by Campbell.
Long started game two for Motlow and pitched three strong innings, allowing four hits and one earned run. Wolaver relieved Long and gave up just one hit in three innings, followed by Gamble who pitched the seventh.
Motlow's big inning was the fourth, when they scored four runs to increase their lead to 5-0. Shortstop Aubrey Crowell was 2-3 with a double and an RBI. Wilson drove in a pair of runs and leads the Lady Bucks with 16 runs batted in.
Sunday's opener featured another pitching gem from Pearson as she went the full seven innings and allowed only four hits with three strikeouts. Pearson lowered her earned run average to 2.39 in 52.2 total innings pitched.
Both Motlow runs came in the second inning as Wolaver led off with a double and advanced to third on Buffington's ground out. Pearson then drove in Wolaver with a single and moved to third on Hasty's double. Traci Shelton drove in Pearson with a sacrifice fly.
Game two saw Motlow leading 2-1 heading into the sixth inning when Roane State exploded for 10 runs to capture the series finale. Long (2-3) took the loss, pitching into the sixth and allowing only four hits. Wolaver relieved Long in the sixth but allowed five hits and seven runs, although only two were earned.
Martinez went 3-4 and raised her batting average to .556 in limited playing time. Moyers was 2-4 with two RBI. Roane State's first baseman Cooper hit both a three-run homer and a grand slam in the Lady Raiders' 10-run sixth inning.
Following their trip to Gallatin this weekend, the Lady Bucks will return home to host Martin Methodist JV Tuesday at 2 p.m. The Lady Bucks will then host Cleveland State in a four-game series on Thursday and Friday, April 2 & 3. Thursday's action begins at 2 p.m. and Friday's game will start at noon.