CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Chattanooga Mocs softball team continues Southern Conference play this weekend as Frost Stadium hosts Furman for a three-game set. Chattanooga enters the weekend with a 14-13 record, coming off an 8-4 loss to Lipscomb Thursday, while the Paladins are 14-11. The Mocs are 1-1 in the conference and Furman is 2-0 with a pair of wins over Samford.
Junior pitcher Taylor Deason (Clarksville, Tenn.) and sophomore catcher Anyssa Robles (Lawrenceville, Ga.) were in the Heritage Plaza on the UTC campus Friday afternoon to drum up attention for the weekend’s series. Students were invited to test their arm with the radar gun and attempt to out-pitch the Chattanooga ace for a t-shirt. Photos of the event are located below.
Deason leads the Mocs against the Paladins with seven wins and a 0.94 ERA on the season. Fellow starter Katie Henderson (Hixson, Tenn.) looks to hold runners off base, as well, leading the Chattanooga pitching staff with 66 strikeouts in 11 starts.
The Mocs’ offense is headed up by Robles, batting .329 with a team-high 26 hits on the year. Sophomore Criket Blanco (Maryville, Tenn.) continues to pace the battery with 21 RBI and fellow sophomore Alyssa Taylor (Orange, Calif.) provides power with five homeruns.
Junior Sarah Beth Roberts (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) goes into the weekend with six multi-hit games, including Thursday’s 3-for-3 performance against Lipscomb. The third baseman’s bat has heated up over her last five games, collecting seven hits and five RBI over 16 at-bats.
The Furman bats are led by Elsie Smith, batting .327 with 16 hits in 49 trips to the plate. Nikkie Legg is the Paladins’ hits leader with 21, followed by Sierra Bishop who has laced 20 hits – including three homeruns. Smith is tied for the team lead on long-shots with Bishop. With eight extra-base hits, Taylor Jenkins leads the lineup with three doubles, three triples and two homers.
The Paladins rely heavily on its pitching staff, tossing a 2.43 ERA as a team. Lauren Collier is 8-5 with a 2.18 ERA, and despite a 4-5 record Shelby Parker is holding strong with a 2.98 ERA. Alex Sappington, who has only made one start and 11 appearances, is 2-1 with a 1.91 ERA out of the pen.