CHARLESTON, S.C.—After claiming the series 2-1 from Georgia Southern last weekend at Frost Stadium, the Chattanooga Lady Mocs softball team (23-17, 8-4 SoCon) is on the road this week as it travels to Charleston, S.C., to take on the College of Charleston Cougars (21-16, 8-6 SoCon).
Chattanooga enters the three-game series sitting in second place in the Southern Conference standings with an 8-4 record, second best only to Appalachian State’s 12-3 SoCon mark, while the Cougars are in the middle of the pack with an 8-6 spot in fourth place.
“This has always been a great series,” Head Coach Frank Reed said. “This is the team that put us out of the tournament last season after we swept them during the regular season. You never know what is going to happen between these two teams.”
Freshman Sam Taylor (Chickamauga, Ga.) leads Chattanooga into the weekend batting .476 in her last six games. The freshman has collected a team-best 10 hits in her last two series. Senior Kasey Tydingco (Fairfield, Calif.) provides the power for the Lady Mocs as the first baseman is slugging 1.000 in her last six games with 11 RBI and 15 total bases. The left-handed bat has produced two home runs and two doubles over seven hits in her last two games, upping her average to .366 with a team-leading four home runs.
The pitching staff is led by Taylor Deason (Clarksville, Tenn.) as the sophomore has collected 15 wins in 33 appearances. Deason has tossed 10 complete games and two shutouts and has support from freshmen Rachel Albritton (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Kaisey Carson (Indianapolis, Ind.). Albritton ranks first on the team with a 2.62 ERA and six wins in 22 appearances while Carson has two wins on the season and a 3.38 ERA.
Junior Kelsey Hodgson and freshman Chandler Frisbie lead the Cougars with nearly identical stats – both are batting .343 on the season with 35 hits in 102 at bats. Hodgson leads Charleston with 21 extra base hits and has blasted a team-best 10 home runs on the season. Along with Hodgson presenting a danger at the plate, the Lady Mocs will also have to keep an eye out for senior second baseman Ashton Jarrett. While batting .272, Jarrett has swiped a team-high eight bases on the season.
The Cougars’ pitching staff is led by sophomore hurler Hope Clicker with a 3.05 ERA and 11 wins on the season. The lefty has tossed four shutouts and thrown 12 complete games, leading Charleston with 101 strikeouts. Senior Stephanie Saylors stands at 9-6 with a 4.13 ERA as the Cougars’ No. 2 with 17 starts on the season while Chattanooga is likely to see freshman Valerie Cassell enter from the bullpen at some point over the weekend.
Live stats are available for each game and free live play-by-play audio is provided through MocsVision via the Chattanooga softball schedule page. The Saturday double-header is set to begin at 1 p.m. and the Lady Mocs wrap up the series Sunday at 1 p.m. with a single game.