TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --- The 2009 season came to a close for the Chattanooga softball team on Saturday night as the Lady Mocs dropped a 1-0 contest to Mississippi Valley State at the Tuscaloosa Regional. For the second straight game UTC (30-24) was held scoreless and recorded only two hits.
Brooke Loudermilk (8-3) took the loss for Chattanooga, allowing the game’s only run and three hits in three innings pitched. Lisa Jansen (15-7) picked up the win for MVSU (38-15), throwing a complete-game, shutout for the Delta Devilettes.
Mississippi Valley State struck first in the bottom of the first with one run on two hits. Leadoff batter Rashundra Brass started the frame off with a walk and was then able to get into scoring position by stealing second. The next batter was Haleigh Eubanks and the rightfielder gave MVSU it’s run with a single into centerfield.
Loudermilk was able to get out of the inning without any further damage as the junior retired the Delta Devilettes on a fielder’s choice, popout and a strikeout.
In the early stages of the contest the Lady Mocs’ offense was unable to solve MVSU pitcher Lisa Jansen. The southpaw allowed only two baserunners through the game’s first three innings as Brittany Eason singled in the second, and Kaiti Kelley drew a two-out walk in the third.
In the top of the fourth, UTC was able to get another runner on base as Toni Hutchison led off the inning with a walk. Della Harrison pinch-ran for the senior third baseman and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Eason.
Harrison moved as far as third on a ground out by Jenni Martin, but the Lady Mocs left their third runner on base as Jessica Traxler fouled out to rightfield, ending the fourth inning threat.
In the bottom of the fourth, Kandice Irwin entered the game in relief for UTC. The sophomore continued her strong month of May as she allowed only a walk in the inning.
In the top of the fifth, the Lady Mocs were able to reach base once again as Kristin Holloway delivered a one-out single to leftfield. Once again though, the Chattanooga offense sputtered as Holloway hit went by the wayside.
Despite the struggles at the plate, Irwin continued to keep her team in the game with a perfect fifth inning.
After Jansen sat down the Lady Mocs in order during the sixth, Irwin allowed only a leadoff single in the bottom half of the inning to advance to the seventh with UTC down only 1-0.
In the seventh, Jansen continued to shine as Eason grounded out to lead off the inning. The lefty would then close the door on UTC’s season with strikeouts of Martin and Traxler to seal the 1-0 victory.
Chattanooga ends the season with another successful season, finishing the year at 30-24 and 15-5 in the conference.
Toni Hutchison wraps up her illustrious career with a .264 batting average, 21 home runs and 123 runs batted in. The outgoing senior also finishes with 518 assists, more than any other player to wear a Chattanooga uniform.
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