LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Chattanooga Mocs softball team defeated Portland State 9-3 Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas, Nev., on the final day of the UNLV Easton Desert Classic. Chattanooga finished the tournament with a 3-2 record as part of its trip out west.
Sophomore catcher Anyssa Robles (Lawrenceville, Ga.) slammed a solo homerun in the third inning and junior Taylor Deason (Clarksville, Tenn.) four innings of shutout softball en route to the Mocs third win of the season.
Freshman starter Liana Rodrigues (Chattanooga, Tenn.) ran into trouble in the second inning and left with the bases loaded. In relief, Deason allowed three inherited Portland State runners to score, but the inning would be the only chance the Vikings had at putting a dent in the Mocs’ solid offensive day.
Chattanooga scored three runs in the top of the second inning. Doubles from sophomores Jenny Garcia (Miami, Fla.) and Sam Taylor (Chickamauga, Ga.) led to the Mocs taking the first lead of the game. After the Vikings tied the game in the bottom of the second inning, UTC went on a six-run tear in the third and fourth innings.
The Mocs put two runs on the board in the third with Robles’ leadoff homerun to left-center, and an RBI-single off the bat of Stephanie Rieck (Chandler, Ariz.) extended the advantage to two runs.
A four-run fourth put the lead out of reach with Chattanooga garnering six hits. During the hitting marathon, Rieck recorded her second hit of the day, going two-for-two, and drove in her second and third runs of the game.
The game was limited to a two-hour time frame due to Chattanooga’s flight reservations. Two outs in the top of the sixth were played, but the stats were not recorded for the incomplete inning.
The Mocs return to Chattanooga this weekend to host the 10-team Frost Classic at Frost Stadium and Warner Park. Tickets for the tournament are available online and a complete schedule of the tournament can be found on the softball homepage.