GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Chattanooga Lady Mocs softball team wrapped up its 11-day road trip Sunday in Greenville, S.C. on a sour note, falling 9-1 to Furman in five innings. The series loss is Chattanooga's first series dropped to the Paladins since the 2000 season. Chattanooga falls to 15-14 on the season and 1-2 in Southern Conference play while Furman is now 11-13 with a 2-4 SoCon record.
Chattanooga began the game with three hits in the top of the first inning. Senior Sara Poteat (Thomaston, Ga.) led off with an infield single but was caught attempting to steal her 10th base of the season. Freshman Anyssa Robles followed up with her third hit of the series on a single to left and senior Kasey Tydingco (Fairfield, Calif.) singled to opposite field.
Furman got off on the right foot with a walk given up and a double to center field, chasing freshman pitcher Kaisey Carson (Indianapolis, Ind.) from the game after throwing just seven pitches. Designated player Lauren Collier then reached base on an error to Alyssa Taylor (Orange, Calif.) to drive in the game's first two runs. A fielding error by Poteat led to a third run scored.
Furman added to its lead in the second inning, striking for five runs on four hits. Another Chattanooga error led to four unearned runs and the exit of Deason. Freshman Rachel Albritton (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) came on in relief to finish out the second with just one hit allowed and one strikeout.
The Lady Mocs were able to get on the board in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Alyssa Taylor. Sarah Beth Roberts (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) scored on the fly after doubling to center to lead off the inning, but Ninjja Suetsugu (Sao Paulo, Brazil) found herself in the middle of a rundown that ended the inning early for Chattanooga.
Despite the run scored in the fourth inning, Furman was able to score one run in the bottom of the fifth inning, as a result of Chattanooga's fourth error of the day, as a throw from third base sailed into right field.
Carson is handed the loss, falling to 2-5 after giving up just one hit, and Furman's Collier improves to 6-6 on the season. Offensively, Chattanooga's bright spots were Poteat's two hits and Anyssa Robles' (Lawrenceville, Ga.) three-for-three day at the plate.
The Lady Mocs return to Chattanooga Wednesday to host Murray State beginning at 4 p.m. Chattanooga then welcome Appalachian State to the Scenic City for its first Southern Conference matchups of the 2013 season. The Lady Mocs and Mountaineers meet Friday at 1 p.m. for two games and wrap up the series Sunday at 2 p.m.