CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Chattanooga Lady Mocs softball team (18-16, 3-3 SoCon) fell 3-1 Wednesday afternoon to the Georgia State Panthers (20-9, 3-0 CAA) at Frost Stadium in seven innings. Despite holding the Panthers to five hits and one earned run, Chattanooga committed three errors and was held to four hits.
“If you would have told me were going to hold Georgia State to five hits today, I would have thought we would have won,” Head Coach Frank Reed said. “They didn’t hit the ball all that well, but neither did we. They were just able to get the hits when it mattered most and we couldn’t.”
Georgia State got on the board first with two runs scored in the first inning. An error led to the first base runner and a single up the middle from Panters’ catcher Callie Alford plated the game’s first run. With a runner standing on third base and a walk issued to center fielder Jessica Clifton, Clifton broke for second base. Freshman Anyssa Robles (Lawrenceville, Ga.) gunned down to second base to attempt to pick off the runner, but the throw ran high and Alford scored from third.
The Lady Mocs showed life in the second inning as senior Kasey Tydingco (Fairfield, Calif.) teed off on the first pitch of the half, driving the solo home run over the right field fence. The round-tripper was Tydingco’s second home run of the season, cutting the Georgia State lead to 2-1.
After two innings pitched, freshman Kaisey Carson (Indianapolis, Ind.) exited the game and sophomore Taylor Deason (Clarksville, Tenn.) was brought on in relief. The sophomore ran into some trouble in the top of the fourth inning but was able to work out of a bases-loaded jam to maintain a 2-1 game.
Chattanooga showed a spark in the fifth inning with two outs as freshman Alyssa Taylor (Orange, Calif.) singled to center and swiped second with senior Sara Poteat (Thomaston, Ga.) standing at the plate. Poteat drove a ball into center on the next pitch, but the senior was under the pitch just a hair too much and it was corralled by GSU’s Clifton for the final out of the frame.
The Panthers added on another run in the sixth, extending their lead to 3-1, but Deason was able to work out of another bases loaded jam to hold Georgia State to the one run scored in the top half of the stanza. That gave Chattanooga a chance to battle back, getting down to the wire in the sixth inning. The Lady Mocs put two on as Tydingco was hit by a pitch and junior Stephanie Rieck (Chandler, Ariz.) doubled, but a foul-out with two outs on the board ended the UTC scoring chance.
Both teams would go scoreless in the seventh inning, ending without fight from the Lady Mocs in the final frame. Carson was charged with the loss, dropping to 2-6 on the season, while Georgia State starter Kaitlyn Medlam improved to 10-3 with the complete game.
Chattanooga hits the road tomorrow, on its way to Cullowhee, N.C. to take on the Western Carolina Catamounts. The Lady Mocs and Catamounts are set to play one game Friday before wrapping up the series with a double-header Saturday.