CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga softball team had another strong night with an offensive barrage of five homeruns that crippled the pitching staffs of both Radford and Toledo Saturday. Sophomores Anyssa Robles (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Jenny Garcia (Miami, Fla.), Criket Blanco (Maryville, Ga.) and Alyssa Taylor (Orange, Claif.) each homered in the two games – Taylor going deep twice.
Chattanooga 5 – Radford 2
Chattanooga started the night off with a 5-2 victory over Radford. Taylor put the Mocs on the board first with her first homerun of the night. Leading 1-0 going into the third, Taylor struck again with a second homerun.
Garcia slammed the Mocs’ third homer of the night on a three-run shot to left to put Chattanooga ahead 5-0 after five innings. Alyssa Taylor and Blanco scored on the hit after reaching on an error and a single to right, respectively.
The Radford offense delivered two runs in the top of the seventh on three hits and an error, but reliever Taylor Deason (Clarksville, Tenn.) was able to seal the deal, handing Chattanooga a three-run win. Deason picked up her fourth win with a 5.1 inning, five-strikeout performance.
Chattanooga 14 – Toledo 0
Chattanooga kept its momentum rolling into the second game of the night against a Toledo that had just come off a win against Austin Peay moments earlier with a 7-2 victory.
It seemed Chattanooga had the answer to every pitch Toledo threw, scoring four runs in the first inning, three in the second, two in the third, and five in the fourth.
The first four runs of the game came on five hits in the first inning. A walk issued to Alyssa Taylor set up a two-run homerun to left for Robles, giving the Mocs an early 2-0 lead. Chattanooga tacked on two more runs in the inning as Sarah Beth Roberts (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) scored on a heads-up play after a fielder’s choice, and a single off the bat of freshman Jesslyn Stockard (Ringgold, Ga.) scored Garcia from third.
The second inning saw Chattanooga score three runs on just two hits to give UTC a 7-0 advantage. Sophomore Sam Taylor (Chickamauga, Ga.) singled to lead off the inning and Alyssa Taylor reached on a fielder’s choice. With Sam Taylor safe at second on the play, Blanco lifted a three-run homerun to land the team’s ninth run.
The Mocs put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fifth with five runs. Four hits, including a three-run double from Sam Taylor, in the inning put the Mocs ahead 14-0.
“I challenged them before the game,” Head Coach Frank Reed said. “We’ve only had one run-rule game this season, and I wanted to see us come out and hit the ball. We did a great job of that against a team that has played very well in this tournament.”
Starting pitcher Katie Henderson (Hixson, Tenn.) tossed five innings scoreless innings to complete her first shutout of the season. A three-hit performance, the sophomore struck out six batters and walked just one, en route to her second win.
Chattanooga’s final opponent in the Frost Classic is Campbell. First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m. and is the final game of the tournament played at Frost Stadium. For a complete list of remaining games and final scores from the past two days, click here.