Lady Mocs Run Rule Western Carolina, Secure Second Seed

Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Chattanooga Mocs softball team locked up the No. 2 seed going into the Southern Conference Tournament on Senior Day Sunday afternoon with an 8-0, run-rule shortened win over Western Carolina at Frost Stadium. 

“It was great to see the seniors finish the 2014 regular season with a win,” Head Coach Frank Reed said.  “Now we have to keep our momentum going and hit the SoCon Tournament with one goal.  We want to win it all and go to a regional.”

The Mocs took the convincing win with a second straight shutout of the Catamounts.  Starting pitcher Katie Henderson (Hixson, Tenn.) came away with her team-leading 16th win of the season and her second shutout in as many days.

The offense backed the ace with 14 hits, scoring in every inning except two.  UTC put deuces on the board in the second and fifth, scored three in the third and one in the sixth to walk it off.

Freshman first baseman Jesslyn Stockard (Ringgold, Ga.) continued her tear of the Catamounts with a 2-for-4 perfromance, scoring two runs, while fellow Peach-Stater sophomore Sam Taylor (Chickamauga, Ga.) recorded a couple of hits and three RBI – including the game’s final run on a double to the fence in left-center.

The second inning saw senior Kaiti Dutton (Tulsa, Okla.) lead off with a hit-by-pitch, Stockard followed up with a single through the left side and Stephanie Rieck (Chandler, Ariz.) walked to set up Chattanooga’s first run-scoring strike.  Sam Taylor walked to score the first run of the game and an RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of Alyssa Taylor (Orange, Calif.) plated the second run. 

The three-run third came courtesy of five hits, including a two-RBI Rieck double and another Sam Taylor hit.  Along with Taylor’s run-scoring single up the middle, Blanco, Stockard and Sarah Beth Roberts (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) each tallied hits in the inning.

Chattanooga added on two runs in the fifth on four hits.  Roberts singled, her second hit of the afternoon, to lead off and Alyssa Taylor reached on an infield single.  With two on and one out, sophomore Anyssa Robles (Lawrenceville, Ga.) laced a single to right to bring home Roberts, and a pop-up single off the bat of Nicole Osterman (Kissimmee, Fla.) scored Taylor to take UTC’s lead to 7-0.

The final straw came in the bottom of the sixth as Sam Taylor drove a double to center to drive in Dutton from second.

With the win, Chattanooga jumped ahead of Furman in the SoCon standings to finish second in the regular season race and claim the No. 2 seed in the tournament.  Their seeding gives the Mocs a 10 a.m. first pitch Wednesday in Greensboro, N.C., against the league’s No. 7 seeded Appalachian State Mountaineers.

The Mocs finish the season with a 30-19 overall record and 13-7 SoCon mark.

Moc Golfers Tied For Second At Palmetto Intercollegiate

The Chattanooga Mocs women’s golf team opened with four-over par 292 in the Palmetto Intercollegiate first round. That puts the ladies tied with Coastal Carolina, two shots behind Ole Miss at +2.   Sophomore Monica San Juan is tied for first individually at 2-under 70. She placed five birdies on her card including two in a crucial stretch late in the round.   The ... (click for more)

Lee Women Win, Men Tie Delta State

After playing a scoreless first half with visiting Delta State, McKenzie Bricker scored in the 64th minute and Lauren Peters assured the victory with a goal in the 89 minute as Lee improved to 9-1-0 in Gulf South Conference play and 12-2-1 overall with the 2-0 decision over the Lady Statesmen.    It was Senior Day on a perfect Sunday afternoon for soccer, but Lee head ... (click for more)

1 Shot And Killed In St. Elmo Monday Morning; 2nd Person Taken To Hospital

One person was shot and killed in St. Elmo Monday morning. Another person was taken to the hospital. The person transported was driving a Lincoln that was behind a church off of Virginia Avenue. The shooting happened on Florida Avenue, and police said it did not appear to be gang related. More information to follow. (click for more)

6 People, Including 4 Children, Die In Mobile Home Fire In Trion, Ga.

Six people, including four children, died in a mobile home fire at Trion, Ga., on Sunday night. The fire broke out on Airport Road in Chattooga County. Sheriff Mark Schrader said, "It is with a heavy heart tonight that I report that a residential fire has claimed the lives of six people, two adults and four children. The fire occurred around 11:00 p.m. in the Airport subdivision, ... (click for more)

Where Is The Speed Control On Our Highways? - And Response (3)

I am teaching my 15-year-old to drive in the North Georgia and Chattanooga area. I have warned her of the dangers of exceeding the speed limit both as a hazard to herself and in terms of receiving a ticket. What a liar I am.  Have you driven on the local freeways and highways recently? I never see any highway patrolmen helping to reduce speeding or pulling over those who ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Testerman Forum

I badly misjudged how long it would take me to do my “early voting.” I was in-and-out in no time so I got to the Hamilton County School Board’s agenda meeting well enough beforehand to have an “educational forum” with board member David Testerman. If you haven’t noticed, forums and summits and “community enlightenment” groups are the new rage and, as my friend David laughed, “They ... (click for more)