Mocs Softball Hosts Lipscomb Thursday

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Chattanooga Mocs softball team hosts its first mid-week game of the season Thursday night in a 6 p.m. matchup at Frost Stadium against Lipscomb.  The in-state matchup with the Bison of Music City pins the 14-12 Mocs against a 23-4 Lipscomb team that is beginning to receive national attention.

Chattanooga is coming off a 1-1 weekend in Boone, N.C., with its third game of its Southern Conference opener against Appalachian State cancelled due to rain.  Sophomore Anyssa Robles (Lawrenceville, Ga.) continues to be the Mocs’ offensive catalyst, batting .342 and leading the team with 26 hits.  The catcher is slugging .487, second only to homeruns leader Alyssa Taylor (Orange, Calif.), who is slugging .506 with five long-shots. 

Junior Taylor Deason (Clarksville, Tenn.) continues to pace Chattanooga’s pen with a 0.78 ERA, ranking eighth in the NCAA, and seven wins.  The right-hander has also recorded two saves, thus far.  Sophomore right-hander Katie Henderson (Hixson, Tenn.) ranks second with a 2.01 ERA and six wins.  Henderson has struck out 63 batters, averaging 6.6 strikeouts per game.

Lipscomb comes into Thursday’s game on a four-game winning streak and just four losses, earning the Bison 11 votes in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 and 10 votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 polls.  Among impressive wins over Virginia Tech and UAB, Lipscomb is also 1-0 against SoCon opponents with a 9-2 win over Appalachian State.

The lineup for the Bison features six batting above the .300 mark, led by infielder Paige Neely.  The junior is batting .385 and is tied for the team lead in extra-base hits with 11.  Infielder Kristen Sturdivant also totals 11 extra-base hits, including a team-best 30 RBI and seven homeruns.

As a team, Lipscomb ranks 11th in the nation in scoring, averaging 6.78 runs per game, and is 12th in the NCAA with a .852 winning percentage.

The Bison pitching staff is led by ace Ashley Anderson.  Anderson boasts a 9-0 record, a 1.59 ERA and three solo shutouts. 

Live stats are available free on GoMocs.com while live audio and video is available through MocsVision.  Both live stats and the live broadcast feed will be available approximately 15 minutes before first pitch.


Amor, Etter Tie For Pro-Am Honors

Doug Amor and Bruce Etter each shot 76 and tied for low-pro honors recently in the Chattanooga Chapter TN PGA Pro-Am at the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club. The Results: Low Professional: T1st: (76) Doug Amor & Bruce Etter 3rd: (78) Richard Rebne Professional Skins: Bruce Etter #2 & #15, Nathan Schlie #4 & #9, Tad Holley #3, Thomas Campbell #10 ... (click for more)

Lee Competes In Tennessee Rust Buster Track Meet

The Lee University Track & Field teams finished their weekend with a trip to the University of Tennessee Rust Buster at Tom Black Track. The two squads combined to reach two new provisional marks and improve upon another. Adrian Martin met the provisional standard in the 200-meter dash with a fifth-place time of 24.24. The time to beat was 24.53. She also placed sixth (12.00) ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Democrats Elect "New, Younger And Progressive" Leadership

The Hamilton County Democratic Party's biennial reorganization meeting held on Saturday at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union hall was a rout of the party's current establishment in favor of younger, more progressive leadership that more than doubled the regular number of attendees, said officials. The "2017 Executive Committee Slate" chosen and nominated ... (click for more)

1 Person Killed In 3-Car Accident In Dalton On Saturday

There was a fatal three-vehicle crash on the South Bypass in Dalton just south of Sawgrass Drive  on Saturday  at approximately  4:30 pm . The crash happened when the driver of a black Ford Mustang traveling southbound on the bypass for some reason left its lane of travel and crossed over the center line and hit a 2004 Chevy Silverado truck head on. ... (click for more)

Slaxxon Regret - And Response

Back in the seventies my three oldest brothers had a buddy named Steve Slack. “Slack” was a star soccer player at Baylor and he grew up on Lookout Mountain, which is where I grew up. He and Jimmy, Henry and Bill went to the University of Virginia where they were roommates in an old, beat up house that was painted pink. Naturally, the place became known as the “Pink Palace” but lest ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: This Library Comes Alive

I am pretty positive that I haven’t stepped foot in a library in the last 50 years. Between the ever-widening Internet, with all of its search engines and infinite resources, I have got about as much use for a library as I would if I read a book about a transgender person. I have neither the time or inclination. Be like trying to teach a pig to sing – the pig always get bored. ... (click for more)