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Pitching, Taylor power Lady Bucks to sweep
 April 1, 2013

LYNCHBURG, TN April 1, 2013) – The Motlow Lady Bucks took a giant leap towards an opportunity to play in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) tournament with a four-game sweep of visiting Southwest Tennessee this weekend at the softball complex in Moore County.

Motlow (10-13, 8-9) has now won six of its previous seven TCCAA games and has moved into fifth place in the conference standings. Only the top four teams will advance to the conference tournament, scheduled for May 3-5 at Volunteer State in Gallatin.

The Lady Bucks will host non-conference opponent Wallace State, the nation’s 7th-ranked team, on Tuesday at 2 p.m. A trip to Morristown to face Walters State, ranked 16th in the nation, looms this coming weekend with doubleheaders scheduled for both Friday and Saturday.

Motlow combined outstanding pitching with timely hitting both Friday and Saturday against the visiting Lady Saluqis. Four complete-game pitching performances on the mound and a memorable walk-off home run were highlights of the first series sweep of the season for the Lady Bucks.

Friday’s series opener saw Roxanne Hillman pitch one of her best games of the season, allowing only four hits and one unearned run with six strikeouts and no walks. Tori Taylor slammed a two-run double to cap off a three run first inning and Chelsea Howell added a solo home run in the fourth.

Game two was a pitcher’s duel, with Motlow’s Lindsey Knoer and the Lady Saluqis’ pitcher tossing shutouts until the final inning. After Southwest scored two in the top of the seventh, Motlow came back with three in the bottom of the inning to win it. Following Lauren Warren and Makenzie Hopkins singles, Taylor stepped to the plate and launched a game winning three-run home run, her fourth of the season.

Saturday’s opener featured another outstanding pitching performance from Hillman, who tossed a four-hit shutout. Motlow scored two runs in the first inning when Keli Bruning drove home Taylor and Shelby Webb with a two-out double. The Lady Bucks added three runs in the fifth on a Hopkins homer and a two-run homer by Taylor.

Brienna Buckman pitched a five-hit shutout to complete the series sweep in Saturday’s second game. Motlow scored two in the second inning as Bruning and Haley Willingham singled. Mindy Jo Britt drove in one run and the other scored on a Southwest error.

Motlow’s final run came in the sixth inning when Britt singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on another Lady Saluqis’ error. Both Hopkins and Bruning had two hits for the Lady Bucks.

Taylor hit two home runs and drove in seven runs during the weekend, while Hopkins and Bruning each had six hits.

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