Contact: Tori Raby-Gentry
Head Softball Coach
Columbia St. 21-3, 26-9
Walters St. 22-4, 30-7
Chattanooga St. 20-4, 33-11
Motlow 17-7, 25-9-2
Volunteer St. 11-13, 15-15
Jackson St. 11-15, 15-18
Dyersburg St. 6-15, 8-21
Southwest TN 6-16, 20-22
Cleveland St. 4-22, 5-23
Roane St. 3-22, 8-26
April 13, 2015
Freshmen pitchers Cameron Pearson and Riley Long combined to allow only four earned runs in 28 innings and the Motlow Lady Bucks won three out of four games from Southwest Tennessee over the weekend in Memphis.
The Lady Bucks (25-9-2, 17-7) are scheduled to host the Tennessee Wesleyan JV team on Tuesday for a non-conference doubleheader, then welcome Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) leader Chattanooga State this weekend in a four-game series. The Lady Tigers were ranked fourth in the country in last week's national junior college softball poll.
After Southwest took the series opener 2-1 Friday afternoon, the Lady Bucks came back to win game two 12-3. Motlow continued the momentum Saturday, capturing game one 5-0 and closing out the series with a 3-1 victory. Motlow has now won eight of its last 10 games, including six of eight in the conference.
Pearson (12-4) pitched well enough to win in the 2-1 series-opening loss, scattering 12 hits with a pair of strikeouts. Southwest TN scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning after the Lady Bucks had scored one in the top of the seventh to tie the score and send it into extra innings. Motlow had six hits, including two each by Morgan Moyers and Lauren Hasty.
Motlow's bats came alive in Friday's second game, combining 15 hits, including five for extra bases, with seven Southwest errors to score 12 runs. Long (8-5) was outstanding, scattering 10 hits and walking only one. The Lady Bucks scored runs in six of the game's seven innings.
Makayla Campbell slammed a pair of doubles and drove in three runs and Hasty had a double and a triple and also drove home three runs. Lianna Martinez, Miranda Whelan, Rachel Gamble and Moyers each had multiple hits, and Moyers added four stolen bases on the day.
Saturday's opening game featured Pearson, who went five innings, and Long combining to allow only six hits and one walk in the 5-0 shutout victory. Motlow scored all five runs in the second inning after Whelan and Bridgette Wilson opened the frame with singles. Hasty, Whelan and Chelsea Buffington each had an RBI, and Martinez, Whelan and Taylor Wolaver each had two hits.
Long took the mound in the series finale and closed the door on the Lady Saluqis, pitching a complete game and allowing only six hits. The Lady Bucks took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, giving Long all the runs she needed.
Moyers drew a walk to open the game, then stole second base. Martinez singled to move Moyers to third and Wolaver drove her home with a sacrifice fly. With the bases loaded and two outs, Wilson was hit by a pitch to drive in the second run of the inning. Wolaver drove in Buffington with an RBI double in the second inning and Long made the lead stand up to give Motlow series wins in three of its previous four conference series.
Tuesday and Friday home games are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and Saturday's doubleheader against the powerful Lady Tigers will begin at noon at Lady Bucks Field.