Chattanooga Softball Wins Two At USF Invitational

Saturday, March 10, 2018
 The Chattanooga Mocs softball offense busted out for 28 hits in two games during a doubleheader sweep over Central Connecticut State and Rider on the second day of the USF Invitational in Clearwater, Fla., on Saturday.
 
After the sweep, Chattanooga has now won three-straight games and improves to 11-13 overall.
 
The Mocs erupted for 13 hits in the 7-5 extra-inning win over CCSU before registering 15 hits during a 12-11 marathon win over Rider.
 
Chattanooga returns to action tomorrow for the final game of the opening weekend at the USF Invitational against Villanova at 11:15 a.m.
Live stats will be provided on GoMocs.com. Follow @GoMocsSB on Twitter for the most up-to-date information.
 
Chattanooga 12, Rider 11
 Rider scored the game's first runs in the top of the first with a single up the middle to take a 1-0 lead. The Mocs answered with four runs in the home half of the inning with a pair of two-RBI doubles from Brook Womack and Ashley Conner.
 
Devan Brown roped her first homerun as a Moc in the third before Chattanooga pushed across three more runs in the fourth to build a sizeable 8-2 lead. The Broncs would rally back with a bases-loaded walk and a bases-clearing double to pull within two at 8-6.
 
The Mocs would respond with four more unanswered runs between the home halves of the fifth and sixth innings, highlighted by RBI singles from Brown, Conner and Womack, to push UTC ahead 12-6.
 
Rider wouldn't go down easy in the final inning. The Broncs would score five runs to pull within one at 12-11 and put runners on first and third with one out remaining. Freshman Paige Peterson entered the game in the circle and induced a soft liner to first base, giving the Mocs a tough earned win.
 
Chattanooga belted out 15 hits and featured six different multi-hit games including a pair of three-hit games from Womack and Cameren Swafford. Womack finished 3-for-5 with three RBI while Swafford ended 3-for-4 and added her first career RBI.
 
Brown went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI and a homerun. Emma Sturdivant and Alyssa Coppinger each had a pair of hits and combined for three RBI.
 
Chattanooga 7, CCSU 5 (8)
 Central Connecticut broke the scoreless game in the bottom of the third when they busted out for four runs. CCSU started their rally with three-straight hits to produce a run and capped it off with a three-run homerun to make it 4-0.
 
The Blue Devils would add another run in the home half of the fourth on a single through the right side to extend their lead to 5-0.
 
Chattanooga pushed their first run across in the top of the fifth. Devan Browndoubled down the left field line before Alyssa Coppinger singled her in with a single into right. The Mocs loaded the bases in the inning with two outs, but stranded all three runners on a ground-out.
 
UTC continued to march back with an offensive attack in the top of the sixth. Brook Womack, Coppinger and Katie Corum recorded three-straight RBI singles and the Mocs ended up with the bases loaded with no outs and the deficit cut to 5-4.
 
Hayleigh Weissenbach followed that up with a sacrifice fly to tie the game up 5-5 before CCSU pitched out of the jam. Both teams remained knotted up 5-5 at the end of seven innings.
 
Playing international tie-breaking rules, the Mocs started with a runner on second base in Brown. Coppinger laid down a sacrifice bunt and ended up at third base after a Blue Devils throwing error allowed Brown to score, giving UTC a 6-5 lead. Michayla Kelly-Harvey, in her first career at-bat, lined a single over the shortstop to bring in Coppinger and push the Mocs lead to 7-5.
 
Allison Swinford entered the game in the circle for the Mocs in the eighth and retired the CCSU hitters in order. Swinford (3) earned the save and ended the game with a strikeout.
 
Chattanooga recorded 13 hits as a team in the win with three going for multi-hit games. Coppinger and Womack each went 2-for-4 and combined for three RBI. Ashley Conner ended up 2-for-5 with a double and a single. Kelly-Harvey, Corum and Weissenbach all recorded RBI during the win.

 

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