Fuzzard, Irwin Combine in One-Hit Shutout of Furman

Courtesy: Dale Rutemeyer
Senior Della Harrison hit seventh home run of the season putting the Lady Mocs up 4-0.

No. 1 Chattanooga vs. No. 8 Furman
May 11, 2011

Statesboro, Ga. (Eagle Field)

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FUR (18-34)
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UTC (39-12)
WP: Michelle Fuzzard (17-6) LP: Hannah Bradley (0-3)

Game Notes:

STATESBORO, Ga. - The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga softball team began the Southern Conference Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed on Wednesday and defeated No. 8 Furman, 4-0, at Eagle Field in Statesboro, Ga. Junior pitcher Michelle Fuzzard (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and senior Kandice Irwin (Knoxville, Tenn.) combined for a one-hitter in the contest and senior Della Harrison (Nashville, Tenn.) provided the offense with a two-run shot.

The Lady Mocs improved to 39-12 on the season and advanced to face No. 5 Elon, who beat No. 4 College of Charleston, 7-5, earlier in the day, at 3 p.m. on Thursday. The Paladins fall to 18-34 and face the Cougars at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

In the circle, Fuzzard (17-6) tossed five innings yielding just one hit and striking out three, while Irwin finished the contest with one strikeout.

Registering multi-hit games for Chattanooga was sophomore second baseman Sara Poteat (Thomaston, Ga.) and Harrison. Senior left fielder Lauren Flores (Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga.) and Fuzzard each drove in a run for the Lady Mocs.

The Paladins went down in order during the first, unconventionally, as Nikki Legg drew a walk and senior third baseman Tiffany Baker (East Ridge, Tenn.) fielded a hard grounder and tossed the ball to Poteat at second, who turned a double play getting the batter out by a step at first.

Chattanooga loaded the bases with two outs in the first as sophomore Sara Poteat (Thomaston, Ga.) singled to third, Baker was hit by a pitch and junior designated player Vivian Morimoto (Sao Paulo, Brazil) drew a walk.

Leading off the second was Harrison with a single into center. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior shortstop Jessica Traxler (Chino Hills, Calif.). Delivering the first run of the day was Flores, who singled up the middle.

After Stiles drew a 3-2 walk, Poteat singled past the third baseman down the left field line to load the bases. Fuzzard drove in her 68th RBI of the year on a sacrifice fly to left as the Lady Mocs ended the second with a 2-0 lead.

Following a leadoff walk to Morimoto, Harrison connects on a two-run shot to left center over the bleachers extending the Lady Mocs lead to 4-0 in the third. The round tripper was the seventh of the season for the Nashville, Tenn., native and the first since March 27 against Appalachian Sate.

Furman's Erin Legg started the fourth with a sharp two-hopper to the second baseman that went off her glove. Poteat recovered to make a throw that traveled wide, but the runner headed to second and sophomore first baseman Kasey Tydingco (Fairfield, Calif.) threw her out at second.

The Lady Mocs defense struggled in the seventh as Furman put two runners on base with errors, but Irwin was able to end the game on a strikeout.

Chattanooga returns to action on Thursday at 3 p.m. against No. 5 Elon and fans can follow the action with live stats, audio and video via links on the softball schedule page at GoMocs.com, the official website of Chattanooga Athletics. SoCon.tv will provide the video broadcast and play-by-play commentator Tyler Brown, the voice of Lady Mocs softball, has the radio call.

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