After a scoreless first inning, the Seminoles broke through in the top of the second inning with a leadoff walk, hit by pitch, sacrifice bunt and a bunt single from junior infielder Michelle Snyder to make it 1-0. FSU notched a second run in the top of the third inning to push the lead to 2-0 with a pair of singles and a steal. The score would stay that way for most of the game.
After mounting several rallies and trailing 2-0 for the majority of the game, the Lady Mocs were down to their last out with none on and freshman outfielder Lauren Flores (
With the count even at 1-1, Fuzzard lifted a long fly ball to deep centerfield where it bounced onto the top of, and over, the outfield fence for a game-tying two-out, two-run home run. It would be a short lived celebration however, as the Seminoles charged right back in the top of the eighth inning.
FSU wasted little time, lining four straight singles to lead off the inning and take a 5-2 lead after only four batters. A line out and a pair of strikeouts followed the barrage but the damage was done.
In the home half of the eighth, redshirt-freshman second baseman Tiffany Baker (
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Senior Tiffany McDonald was dominant for most of the game as she struck out 17 batters and took a five-hit shutout into the bottom of the seventh inning to pick up the win and move to 18-11. Kandice Irwin pitched five innings of relief, striking out a career-high tying nine batters, while walking only one, to take the loss and fall to 9-9.
The Lady Mocs close out the 2008 campaign with a 41-22 overall record, a pair of championships and a number of tremendous accomplishments in a very special season.
UTC is now 0-8 against Florida State but has never lost to the Seminoles by more than three runs...Chattanooga finishes the 2008 season with the distinction of being 27-0 when leading after five innings and 31-0 when leading after six innings...this is made even more impressive when consideration is given to the fact that the Lady Mocs did not play a game less than seven innings for a stretch of 44 games dating from February 22 – May 10 when they “run-ruled”