MACON, Ga. --The Chattanooga Lady Mocs (10-9) claimed the Mercer Bear Classic championship Sunday afternoon with a 5-2 win over Northern Kentucky.
Taylor Deason (Clarksville, Tenn.) earned the win with a seven-inning, five hit performance against the Norse. Both senior Sara Poteat (Thomaston, Ga.) and junior Stephanie Rieck (Chandler, Ariz) each collected two hits, while Jenny Garcia (Miami, Fla.) and Tyler Templet (Woodstock, Ga.) provided RBIs.
The Lady Mocs scored first in the second inning. Rieck reached on an error, one of six committed by NKU, and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Ninjja Suetsugu (Sao Paulo, Brazil). A groundout from Kaiti Dutton (Tulsa, Okla.) moved Rieck to third and a second error in the inning allowed Amanda Ross (Torrance, Calif.) to reach first to score Rieck.
The Norse took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning, but Chattanooga tied it up at 2-2 with an RBI single from Garcia in the bottom of the fourth to score Rieck.
Chattanooga took a permanent lead in the sixth in a three-run flurry. A throwing error put Suetsugu at first and a pinch-hit double from Templet scored pinch-runner Yoshi Hooks (Cleleland, Tenn.) from first base. A fielder's choice from Alyssa Taylor (Orange, Calif.) brought Templet in and Poteat scored on an error by the shortstop, giving Chattanooga it's 5-2 score.
Chattanooga travels to Clearwater, Fla. next weekend to compete in the USF Under Armour Tournament. While in Clearwater, the Lady Mocs will take on Toledo, Wagner, Villanova, Loyola Marymount and Temple. Live stats and audio for the tournament are available throughout the weekend on GoMocs.com.