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Bucks explode in eighth to beat Chattanooga State
 April 1, 2013

LYNCHBURG, TN (April 1, 2013) – The Motlow Bucks exploded for eight runs in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and beat the Chattanooga State Tigers 10-2 on Thursday in the opening game of a TCCAA three-game series. The Tigers won the final two games on Friday, 11-7 and 11-1.

The Bucks (20-15, 5-10) will host Calhoun Community College on Tuesday at noon in a non-conference doubleheader, and then travel to Cleveland this weekend for a three-game conference series against the Cleveland State Cougars.

Thursday’s opener at the Driver Baseball Complex was a pitcher’s duel through seven innings between Motlow’s Brandon Reynolds and Chattanooga State’s McClure. Both pitched 6.2 innings, with Reynolds allowing only four hits but walking seven.

Elliott Bush got the final out of the seventh inning for the Bucks with a strikeout, giving way to Logan Dietz (2-2) who pitched the final two innings and got the win, allowing only one hit with three strikeouts.

In the bottom of the eighth the Bucks finally got untracked offensively, stringing together a double and eight straight singles for eight runs. Ben Holland went 3-4 and drove in three runs, and Cole Veazey, Clayton Palicki, Chevis Hoover, Cory Mitchell and JC Daily each had two hits, while Ryan Shelton added two runs batted in.

Friday’s opener was a highly-competitive affair. Chattanooga State scored single runs in the first and second innings to take a 2-0 lead against starting pitcher Josh Hopkins, but the Bucks came back with three in the bottom of the second to take the lead. Holland doubled home Hoover, Skyler Murphy singled home Holland, and Shelton singled home Murphy.

The Tigers tied the score with a run in the fourth, but the Bucks took the lead again with two runs in the bottom of the inning when Veazey singled home Shelton and Stafford Booth. Again the visitors took the lead with a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth.

Motlow fought back though, tying the score with two runs in the sixth. Veazey continued his hot hitting with an RBI double to right center, and Palicki singled Veazey home. Owen Blackwelder relieved Hopkins in the sixth and pitched a scoreless seventh. The Bucks stranded a runner in the seventh to send the game into extra innings.

The Tigers finished things pretty quickly in the eighth, scoring three runs against Bush, who had started the inning, to hand him the loss. Tanner Moulder got the final out for Motlow. Despite a second Veazey double in the eighth, the Bucks were unable to generate a rally.

Friday’s series finale was over pretty early as the Tigers teed off on Motlow starter Chevis Hoover (3-1), who gave up all 11 runs, with seven of them earned, and walked six in 3.2 innings. Palicki pitched the final 1.1 innings, scattering four hits. Veazey had two more hits and a stolen base, giving him eight hits for the series.

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