CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Chattanooga Lady Mocs (25-21, 9-8 SoCon) split its Saturday double-header with UNC Greensboro with an 8-7 loss in game one and a 6-5 win in game two. Senior Kasey Tydingco (Fairfield, Calif.) combined for four hits and cranked her team-leading fifth home run of the season while freshman Sam Taylor (Chickamauga, Ga.) extended her hitting streak to 12 games with a 2-for-4 and 1-for-4 performance against the Spartans.
Chattanooga jumped out to an early lead in game one, going up 6-0 in the first inning, but would fall late to a Spartans rally. The Lady Mocs found themselves on top again in game two, but despite a late-inning comeback from UNCG, Chattanooga and freshman pitcher Kaisey Carson (Indianapolis, Ind.) hung on for the win.
“I think we got complacent in the first game,” Head Coach Frank Reed said. “We thought six runs were going to be enough to win it but we fell apart in the late innings. We did a better job in game two of, not only putting runs on the board, but also limiting UNCG to scoring chances.”
Chattanooga 7 – UNCG 8
The Lady Mocs came out swinging in the first inning of game one, totaling six runs to begin the game. Taylor led off the game with a single and senior Sara Poteat (Thomaston, Ga.) legged out an infield single to get the ball rolling. Chattanooga tied together five-straight hits in the first inning, including hits from Anyssa Robles (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Tydingco and Sarah Beth Roberts (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.).
Chattanooga batted around with Ninjja Suetsugu (Sao Paulo, Brazil) being hit by a pitch, Stephanie Rieck (Chandler, Ariz.) reaching on an error and Kaiti Dutton (Tulsa, Okla.) walking with the bases loaded. Freshman Alyssa Taylor (Orange, Calif.) topped off the scoring inning with a two-RBI single to put UTC up 6-0.
Each team went quietly through the next four innings before UNCG found its way onto the scoreboard in the top of the sixth inning. A one-out single from Kately Bedwell boarded one and a Heather Robb double advanced the runner to third. A walk issued to Eileen Horseman loaded the base and an error on the next batted ball, off the bat of pinch hitter Toni MacReynolds, allowed one runner to score. A fielder’s choice would allow a second run to score, cutting the score to 6-2.
Chattanooga added another run in the sixth as Poteat tripled and Robles hit a sacrifice fly to left to drive in the speedy senior, but the Spartans plowed over the Lady Mocs in the top of the sixth on five hits and two errors. Two singles and two walks to the first four batters of the inning led to a run scored. A single from Robb drove in a second and a throwing error allowed a third run. The fourth run of the inning scored on a single from Dominique Madruga and a two-run single to center off the bat of Allison Geiner both tied and gave the Spartans the lead.
UNCG shut the Lady Mocs down in the final half inning to take the game 8-7. Despite the loss, Chattanooga managed 11 hits with Poteat, Robles, Tydingco and Roberts each finding a couple of base-knocks.
Chattanooga 6 – UNCG 5
Despite looking like a repeat of game one in the final score, Chattanooga was the team to walk away with a one-run win over UNCG. This time, six runs were enough to put away the Spartans.
The Spartans struck first in the top of the first inning for two runs on Carson. On two hits and a throwing error, UNCG led early but the Lady Mocs bounced back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Taylor walked to lead off and a groundout advanced the speedy freshman to second. After hustling into scoring position, Taylor would get to jog home as Tydingco lifted a pitch over the outside part of the plate to opposite field to tie the game 2-2.
UTC took a stingy lead in the second inning and didn’t give it back as the Taylor Gang dealt back-to-back blows to the Spartan defense. Alyssa Taylor reached on an error with two outs and Sam Taylor followed up with a double to drive in the go-ahead run, 3-2.
Tydingco singled to lead off the third inning and Roberts walked to board two runners. A Suetsugu single scored Tydingco and freshman Jenny Garcia (Miami, Fla.) reached on an error that resulted in Suetsugu and Roberts crossing the plate.
Greensboro then proceeded to play catch-up in the fourth and fifth innings. Two hits scored a run in the fourth inning off Carson and a two-run fifth courtesy of a Bedwell two-run shot brought the Spartans within one run.
Sophomore Taylor Deason (Clarksville, Tenn.) came on in relief of Carson in the fifth inning and mowed the remaining Spartans down. The sophomore struck out one batter and gave up just one hit over 2.2 innings of work to record her second save of the season.
Carson came away with the win, giving up seven hits through 4.1 innings of work, to earn her third win of the season. The freshman allowed just two earned runs and struck out two Spartan batters.
Sam Taylor and Tydingco each recorded two hits while Taylor, Tydingco and Suetsugu accounted for the Chattanooga RBIs.
Chattanooga wraps up the series Sunday at 2 p.m. with a single game at Frost Stadium. Live stats for the game will be available via the Lady Mocs softball schedule page and live streaming of the event will be available by subscription through MocsVision.