Lady Mocs Softball Tops Fordham, Falls To Central Michigan

Saturday, March 08, 2014

The Chattanooga Mocs repeated with a Saturday split on the second day of the USF Under Armour Showcase in Clearwater, Fla., with a win over Fordham and a loss to Central Michigan.  The Chippewas got the best of the Mocs 5-1 in the first game of the day, but Chattanooga bounced back and claimed a 10-3 victory over the Rams in the second game.

Chattanooga 1 – Central Michigan 5
Junior Taylor Deason (Clarksville, Tenn.) was handed the start for the Mocs against Central Michigan, but four unearned runs charged to the right-hander cost Deason her seventh win of the season, dropping her to 6-5. 

Chattanooga got off on the right foot with a run in the top of the second inning, taking a 1-0 lead over CMU.  Freshman Jesslyn Stockard (Ringgold, Ga.) singled to right and senior Tyler Templet (Woodstock, Ga.) reached safely on a fielder’s choice.  Safe at second on the play, Stockard later scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of senior Kaiti Dutton (Tulsa, Okla.).  On the batted ball, a throwing error allowed Stockard to advance from second to home.

Central Michigan then jumped on the in the third with four runs on just two hits and two Chattanooga errors.  With one out and one on, an error allowed a second base-runner aboard and a walk loaded the bases.  A second Chattanooga error, which would have ended the inning, then allowed for two Chippewa runs to score.  Just one batter later, a two-RBI single up the middle from Central Michigan’s Corey DeLamiellur gave the home team its third and fourth runs of the game.

Leading 4-1, the Chippewas tacked on their final run of the game in the fifth inning as left fielder Kristen Kuhlman laced a two-out RBI single to center to drive in the game’s last run.

Chattanooga 10 – Fordham 3
Chattanooga’s second game gave the Mocs some redemption after the day’s first loss, and also gave UTC a chance to win back the first game of the season.  The Rams downed the Mocs in five inning in Orlando, Fla., to begin the season, but it would be Chattanooga taking the final matchup of the season 10-3 in the Sunshine State.

The Mocs offense rallied with 16 hits behind Chattanooga starting pitcher Katie Henderson (Hixson,Tenn.) and Deason entered the game in relief to record her second save of the year.

Henderson tossed four innings and left with a slim 4-3 in the fifth inning.  The sophomore had allowed only allowed three hits, struck out five batters and all three of the Rams’ runs scored in the first inning were unearned.

With a runner on at second, Deason entered in relief of Henderson in the fifth inning.  With no outs, the Clarksville, Tenn., native was able to coax a strikeout, groundout and flyout to preserve the lead and the winning record for Henderson.

The offense then came to life in the sixth and seventh innings with two runs and four runs, respectively, on eight hits.  Junior Sarah Beth Roberts (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) delivered with a two-RBI double in the sixth inning, and sophomore Alyssa Taylor (Orange, Calif.) followed up in the seventh with an RBI single to left to put the Mocs up 7-3.  A two-RBI double off the bat of Criket Blanco (Maryville, Tenn.) and another run-scoring single from Roberts put the final runs on the board.

Chattanooga wraps up the weekend Sunday at 11:15 a.m. as the Mocs take on Toledo.  Live stats and live audio are available for both games.

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