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Motlow Bucks sweep Lawson State
 March 19, 2014

LYNCHBURG, TN (Mar. 19, 2014) – The Motlow Bucks extended their winning streak to five with a 5-2, 9-2 sweep of visiting Lawson State at the Driver Baseball Complex on Tuesday. The sweep followed a three-game series sweep over Roane State last weekend.

Motlow (22-12, 6-6) will have an opportunity to continue its winning ways and make a move in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) standings when it travels to Jackson this weekend for a three-game series against Jackson State, currently ranked 21st in the nation in the latest NJCAA poll.

The Bucks got excellent pitching in their sweep over non-conference opponent Lawson State on a cold, windy Tuesday. Eight Bucks’ hurlers combined to allow only nine total hits during the doubleheader. Meanwhile, the Motlow offense generated big innings of four and five runs to give the pitchers a lead to work with.

Game one starter Peyton Phillips was the lone exception for the Bucks, as he worked 4.2 innings and allowed only five hits and one earned run. When he left with two outs in the fifth, replaced by Hayden Bailey (3-0), the Bucks trailed 1-0.

Motlow plated five runs in the bottom of the inning though, securing the win for Bailey, who allowed only one hit in his 2.1 innings. After Patrick Poteet opened the inning with a walk, Devon Dager pinch-ran for him and scored on Chris Adams’ double. JC Daily, who had reached base on an error, scored on Logan Conley’s ground out. Ben Holland, who has been on a home run tear of late, cleared the bases with a three-run blast to give the Bucks a 5-1 lead.

Six pitchers saw action for the Bucks in game two, with Zach Westberry (2-0) getting the win. Jacob Toney started and pitched a perfect first with two strikeouts. Westberry didn’t allow a hit in his two innings of work, and the Bucks scored five runs in the third to give Westberry the win. Elliott Bush, Sean Davis, Matt Sharp and Nathan Hammer also took the mound for Motlow.

Adams and Holland each had two hits, including a double apiece. Adams also added a triple and scored two runs. Motlow scored five runs in the third inning and added four more in the sixth. Clayton Palicki, Darren White and Cole Thiede each drove in two runs for the Bucks.

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