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Bucks extend winning streak to five
 February 18, 2013

LYNCHBURG, TN (February 18, 2013) – The Motlow Bucks continued their hot start on the baseball diamond with a 17-0, 3-1, 2-1 sweep of visiting Lincoln Trail this past weekend at the Driver Baseball Complex in Moore County.

The Bucks (7-2, 0-0) will face a stern test when they travel to Columbia State for a non-conference battle with the Chargers Tuesday afternoon. Motlow will return home this weekend, hosting Jackson Community College from Michigan on Saturday for a noon doubleheader.

Saturday’s series opener saw the Motlow bats explode from the outset, scoring five runs in both the first and second inning before adding a seven spot in the fourth inning. The scheduled nine-inning contest ended in the middle of the seventh due to the 10-run rule.

Brandon Reynolds (3-0) allowed only three hits while striking out six and was able to escape without allowing any runs despite giving up eight walks.

Brett Mansfield was 3-4 with three runs batted in, while Stafford Booth, Ben Holland, Cory Mitchell and Cole Veazey each added two hits. Mitchell and Booth each drove in three runs, while Holland and Chevis Hoover added two RBIs each.

Sunday’s first game was much closer, with Motlow scoring a single run in the first and two more in the third. Hoover (3-0) got the start and went five innings, allowing three hits with six strikeouts. Tanner Moulder pitched a perfect sixth and Owen Blackwelder tossed a perfect seventh for his second save.

Holland went 3-3, including a double and Booth and Clayton Palicki each added a pair of hits, with Booth slamming his first triple of the season.

The series finale’ saw the Bucks score two in the fourth inning before the visitors fought back with a run in the seventh. Motlow’s runs came with two outs as both Booth and JC Daily drove in runs. Daily and Palicki each had two hits for Motlow.

Josh Hopkins started on the mound for Motlow and was outstanding, pitching 3.2 innings and allowing only one hit. Logan Dietz (1-0) pitched the next 2.1 innings and also allowing only one hit. Blackwelder pitched the final inning and picked up his third save.

For the three games, Motlow pitchers allowed only 11 hits and two runs while recording 19 strikeouts.



























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