CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Coming off the receiving end of a three-game sweep in Charleston, S.C. over the weekend, the Chattanooga Lady Mocs softball team looks to redeem itself Wednesday with a single game against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles in Cookeville, Tenn.
It will mark the 14th meeting between the two teams and just the second matchup in Cookeville. The Lady Mocs hold an all-time 9-4 record over the Golden Eagles and have won the past two games with both being played in Chattanooga. Chattanooga is 1-0 when on the road to Cookeville.
Chattanooga (23-20, 8-7 SoCon) is led by seniors Kasey Tydingco (Fairfield, Calif.) and Sara Poteat (Thomaston, Ga.) as the right-side infielders bat .364 and .349, respectively. Tydingco leads the Chattanooga lineup with 28 RBI, 37 runs scored and a .459 on-base percentage. Poteat is the team leader in hits with 52, taking full advantage of her speed from the plate as well as on the bases with a team-best 15 stolen bases.
Players to keep an eye out for throughout the lineup include freshman Sam Taylor (Chickamauga, Ga.) as she rides a nine-game hitting streak going into the midweek matchup. The freshman has collected 13 hits in her last nine games and has six multi-hit games on the season. Sarah Beth Roberts (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) also poses a threat at the plate, going team-best 3-for-8 at Charleston with a double, home run and three RBI. The sophomore was also solid at the hot corner over the weekend, posting a 1.000 fielding percentage over the three-game set.
Chattanooga’s pitching staff looks to sophomore Taylor Deason (Clarksville, Tenn.) for the veteran leadership in the circle. Thus far, Deason has tossed a whopping 153.1 innings while all other pitchers on staff combine for just 134.2 innings. Deason leads the team with 15 wins while freshman Rachel Albritton (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) follows up with six and Kaisey Carson (Indianapolis, Ind.) has collected two.
The Golden Eagles come into the midweek after a two-game set with Austin Peay on Tuesday. Tennessee Tech (18-19, 7-5 OVC) is 0-1 this season against SoCon teams, dropping a 1-0 game to Georgia Southern earlier in the season. TTU claimed back-to-back wins and the series from Belmont over the weekend, posting a 3-2 and 7-4 win over the Bruins.
Senior Melody Christian leads the offense with a .375 average at the plate and has swiped a team-best 15 stolen bases in 2013. The infielder, in 128 at bats, has collected 48 base hits and 26 runs scored. Sophomore Hannah Eldridge has been the main run producer for the Eagles, driving in 21 runs on 32 hits this season. The infielder has also knocked two home runs over the fence for TTU.
Sophomore Taylor Ketchum serves as the Golden Eagles’ ace, dealing 111.0 innings on the season along with 13 complete games. With 12 wins and seven losses on the season, the pitcher sports a 2.65 ERA and is backed up by senior Claudia Harke as the hurler has pitched in 60.2 innings and is dealing a 3.46 ERA.
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