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.



Dalton State's Dungan Selected To Participate In 3-Point Contest In Kansas City

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the contestants for the 2018 NABC-NAIA Shoot & Slam, presented by US Bank. The final four 3-point shooters and three-of-four dunkers were selected by a committee, while the fourth and final dunker will be picked using a fan vote pushed out on social media. The Fan Vote dunkers are Marcus White of ... (click for more)

UTC Women Begin Spring Season At Moon Golf Invite

The Chattanooga Mocs women’s golf team is back in action opening the spring half of the schedule Monday at the Moon Golf Invite. The Mocs and the 13-team field tackle Duran Golf Club in Melbourne, Fla. While this is the first team event, several Mocs got their first taste of competition last Saturday at the Reynolds Lake Oconee Great Waters Individual Collegiate. Monica San ... (click for more)

Cachet Peterson, 21, Killed, Tiana Linares, 24, Injured, In Drive-by Shooting Early Sunday Morning On Chestnut Street

Cachet Peterson, 21, was killed and Tiana Linares, 24, was injured in a drive-by shooting on Chestnut Street early Sunday morning. The Chattanooga Police Department responded to a shooting call at 1:27 a.m. in the 1800 block of Chestnut Street .  Upon arrival, officers located the two female victims in a vehicle suffering from gunshot wounds. HCEMS responded to the ... (click for more)

Woman Killed At Foot Of Lookout Mountain After Truck Loses Brakes

A woman was killed at the foot of Lookout Mountain on Saturday morning after her car was struck by a truck that had lost its brakes coming down the mountain. The victim was identified as Mallory Baldschun. A child in her Toyota Tacoma had minor injuries, police said. The driver of the International Prostar truck, James Wilson, also had minor injuries. Two other vehicles ... (click for more)

TIF Proposal Fails Straight Face Test

Mayor Berke has put the City Council in an unenviable position. The Council will be asked to vote Tuesday on whether to use tax increment financing (TIF) to pay for a one-block extension of M.L. King Boulevard to the Riverwalk.  Accountability for Taxpayer Money supports the road extension concept and understands its timing. However, we strongly oppose using TIF future property ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Arm Our Teachers Now

There are three distinct reasons that Grady Judd, the sheriff of Polk County, Fla., is one of the top law enforcement officers in the country. Just last week he was named as president of the Major-Cities Sheriff’s Association -- he’s that good. Also last week he begged America to arm itself, rigid in his belief the best way to stop school shootings and other mass incidents is by ... (click for more)