BURLINGTON, N.C. -- The Chattanooga Lady Mocs softball team (26-25,10-10 SoCon) dropped both games of its Saturday double header against the Elon Phoenix (20-30,7-14 SoCon) at Hunt Softball Park. UTC fell 6-4 in the first contest and 2-1 in walk-off fashion in the second game.
Chattanooga 4 – Elon 6
The Phoenix jumped ahead 2-0 in the first inning the double header’s first game. Tomeka Watson led off the inning with a double down the left field line and a sacrifice bunt from Aly Quintana moved the senior over to third. A sacrifice fly from Carleigh Nester scored the first run and a double from Johannah Spencer scored the inning’s second run.
Chattanooga tied the game in the top of the second as freshman first baseman Kaisey Carson (Indianapolis, Ind.) singled with one out. Senior Ninjja Suetsugu (Sao Paulo, Brazil) reached on a fielder’s choice and Carson was forced out at second. Despite two outs on the board, Alyssa Taylor (Orange, Calif.) singled and freshman Sam Taylor (Chickamauga, Ga.) followed up with a two-RBI double to tie the game at 2-2. The double was Taylor’s second hit of the game and helped extend her hitting streak to 15 games.
UTC’s lead fell through in the bottom of the third inning as Nester launched a towering solo home run by the left field foul pole, but Chattanooga answered back in the top of the fourth when freshman Anyssa Robles (Lawrenceville, Ga.) lined a shot over the left centerfield fence to tie the game 3-3.
Elon issued a three-run blow in the fifth as the Phoenix were able to load the bases with two outs as Deason worked through her fourth inning. Despite being one out away from ending the inning, Spencer lined a double to right field, clearing in the bases and driving in all three runners, putting Elon on top 6-3.
The game saw a scoreless sixth but Chattanooga made a push in the seventh. Robles singled to right to lead off and junior Kaiti Dutton (Tulsa, Okla.) walked to board two runners. Junior Stephanie Rieck (Chandler, Ariz.) put down an infield single to load the bases and Suetsugu followed up with an infield hit to score one runner. With the bases loaded, a popup on the infield sealed the game for Elon, 6-4.
Sam Taylor was 3-for-4 with two RBI while Robles and Carson each recorded two hits in the game. Sophomore pitcher Deason was handed the loss – her 11th of the season – in six innings pitched. The sophomore gave up five earned runs and struck out three batters.
Chattanooga 1 – Elon 2
An exciting end to game two handed the Lady Mocs their second loss of the day in the bottom of the seventh inning in a nail-biter of a ball game. Combined, both team only managed nine hits.
Elon got on the board first as it gave freshman pitcher Carson a little trouble in the second inning. Allie Ford singled up the middle and an error allowed the shortstop to score all the way from first base, putting the Phoenix up 1-0.
The Lady Mocs countered in the top of the fourth as Robles reached on an error and Suetsugu sacrificed the freshman to second. UTC tied the game 1-1 on the following at bat as Rieck laced a hard-hit single to right to score pinch-runner Carmen Wooden (South Pittsburgh, Tenn.) from second.
Carson went on to retire nine Elon batter in a row until troubled brewed in the seventh inning. With one out and the bases clear, Amanda Allen launched a home run over the centerfield fence to send the Phoenix to the locker room in walk off fashion.
Second baseman Tyler Templet (Woodstock, Ga.) was UTC’s offensive leader with two hits while Roberts, Rieck and Alyssa Taylor each recorded a hit. From the circle, Carson received the loss after giving up just four hits and one earned run.
Chattanooga and Elon wrap up the series tomorrow at 1 p.m. before traveling to Greensboro, N.C., to prepare for the upcoming Southern Conference Tournament.