Chattanooga rallies in seventh inning to defeat Georgia Southern 3-2 in first game of Southern Conference Championship
Photo Courtesy of Jeff Hurndon
No. 1 Chattanooga vs. No. 2 Georgia Southern Box Score
Mt. PLEASANT, S.C. - Freshman pitcher Michelle Fuzzard (Huntington Beach, Calif.) delivered the game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh and Chattanooga (40-20) rallied from down 2-0 to defeat No. 2 Georgia Southern (37-29) 3-2 in the first game of the 2008 Southern Conference Championship series on May 10 in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.
Georgia Southern took the early advantage in the third inning when centerfielder Michelle Beasley scored from third on a wild pitch to stake the Eagles to a 1-0 lead. Junior third baseman Robyn Siliga then scored on a single to left by sophomore catcher Jenny Side to push the lead to 2-0.
The score would stay that way until the bottom of the fifth inning when sophomore catcher Lynleigh Hurndon (McDonough, Ga.) singled to right to lead off the inning. After a pinch runner and sacrifice bunt, freshman outfielder Lauren Flores (Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.) singled hard up the middle to get Chattanooga on the scoreboard and make it 2-1.
The Eagles held UTC scoreless in the sixth with a 1-2-3 inning but that all changed in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Redshirt-freshman second baseman Tiffany Baker (East Ridge, Tenn.) lined a lead off double to the left centerfield gap and a ground out and walk put runners on first and third with one out. Senior shortstop Tara Tembey (Folsom, Calif.) then laced a hard single off of the second baseman and through the right side to tie the game at 2-2.
Following a pitching change, Flores singled to shortstop to put two runners on for Michelle Fuzzard who then slammed a ball of the top of the right field wall to drive home pinch runner Tia Blosser (Knoxville, Tenn.) from third and give Chattanooga a 3-2 victory.
The Lady Mocs take on No. 2 Georgia Southern in the final game of the 2008 Southern Conference Championship series at 3:40 p.m. The winner will claim the conference’s automatic bid to the 2008 NCAA Tournament.