Former Ooltewah standout Zach Zarzour had five RBIs to pace Chattanooga State past Southwest Tennessee Community College 13-1 on Friday in the opener of the final regular season series.
Tyler McClure, a freshman lefty from Blue Ridge, Ga., threw a two-hitter in what was the 700th win for Tiger Coach Greg Dennis.
Zarzour opened the Chattanooga State offense with a double down the rightfield line in the first inning. He came in to score on a single up the middle by shortstop Jordan McDonald.
Zarzour singled in two runs in the second and knocked in another run in the fourth on a squib to first. His hit up the middle in the sixth plated two more runs.
McDonald, a freshman who hails from Perth, Australia, doubled in two runs in the second and Conner Gilbert brought in another run with a ball that went through the third baseman's legs in the second. That put the Tigers up 6-0 over the Memphis team.
Freshman Tyler Garner from Boyd Buchanan knocked in a run in the third to make it 7-1.
A hit by catcher Matt Sorrow up the middle was the start of a four-run fourth inning. Mac Tobin doubled in two runs.
McClure went all the way, though he had runners on base when he coaxed the final out.
The two teams play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at noon.
There is no admission charge.
The TCCAA Region Tournament will be hosted on the campus of Chattanooga State beginning on Sunday, May 6. This event will include all 10 community college teams from all over the state.
Chattanooga State features a starting lineup of mainly freshmen.
Southwest Tennessee 1 2 3
Chattanooga State 13 13 2