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Lady Mocs Fall Short against Georgia Southern, 5-2
Courtesy: GoMocs.com
Senior shortstop Jessica Traxler blasted her second home run in as many games to give the Lady Mocs an early 2-0 lead.

No. 1 Georgia Southern vs.
No. 2 Chattanooga
May 10, 2012
Boone, N.C. (Sywassink/Lloyd Stadium)
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
CHATT (39-15)
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
2
2
1
GSU (41-17)
0
4
1
0
0
0
X
5
9
0
WP: Sarah Purvis (23-9) LP: Taylor Deason (24-8)
Game Notes:
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BOONE, N.C. - The Chattanooga Lady Mocs softball team fell to Georgia Southern on Friday afternoon, 5-2, in the winner's bracket final of the Southern Conference Tournament in Boone, N.C. The Lady Mocs will need to win three games on Saturday to claim the program's 12th tournament title and the fight begins at 11 a.m. against No. 3 College of Charleston.

"I thought we had a good plan going in," said head coach Frank Reed. "We hit the home run early in the second inning. We must learn from today and play everything out. You have to take advantage of every at bat and make sure it is a quality one. We are a good softball team that can score a lot of runs and just have to do that tomorrow."

The story of the game was Georgia Southern's Sarah Purvis (23-9), the SoCon Pitcher of the Year, two hitting the high-powered Lady Mocs offense, but the team did put the ball in play, only striking out three times. Freshman Taylor Deason (Clarksville, Tenn.) registered six strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work, giving up four earned runs to fall to 24-8.

Chattanooga (39-15) struck first in the second inning as senior shortstop Jessica Traxler (Chino Hills, Calif.) connected on her 12th home run of the season following a walk drawn by junior first baseman Kasey Tydingco (Fairfield, Calif.).

Responding in the second was Georgia Southern (41-17) as Mackenzie Williams walked and Kaitlyn Johnson homered to left to knot the score at two. A single from Kourtny Thomas continued the Eagles rally and Tabby Douberley doubled off the fence in left center to take the lead. An unearned run scored as a Lady Mocs mistake enabled Georgia Southern to take a 4-2 advantage.

In the third, sophomore outfielder Stephanie Rieck (Chandler, Ariz.) started a two-out rally with a double off the fence down the right field line. Senior designated player Michelle Fuzzard (Huntington Beach, Calif.) was hit with a pitch to put two runners on, but a fly out would end the threat.

The Eagles tacked on another run with doubles from Williams and Andrea Tarashuck to increase the lead to 5-2.

Georgia Southern would ended up registering nine hits in the contest led by Douberly with two. The Eagles also tallied four doubles.

"Tomorrow is just about who wants it and who wants it more," said Traxler. "I can honestly say that we believe in our hearts that we want it more. Maybe today, it wasn't our day. We have to flush it and know what we are capable of. We need to come out here tomorrow and do all the little things that will help us in coming out with a win."

Chattanooga begins play on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. and fans can follow all the action with live stats, free audio and video links on the softball schedule page of GoMocs.com.

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