CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Chattanooga Lady Mocs softball team (23-19, 8-7 SoCon) fell 6-0 Sunday to the College of Charleston (24-16, 11-6 SoCon) to wrap up the series in Charleston, S.C. The three-game sweep is the first in Southern Conference play for the Lady Mocs in 2013.
"That's not how we wanted to wrap up the series," Head Coach Frank Reed said. "It really makes for a long bus ride back to Chattanooga."
Chattanooga fell into an early 3-0 hole in the first inning as the College of Charleston was able to load the bases for the hot-hitting Allison Pedigo. The designated player grooved a Kaisey Carson (Indianapolis, Ind.) pitch to right-center to clear the bases and put the Cougars on top.
Carson appeared strong in the second inning, shutting the Cougars down, but two hits and an error in the third resulted in a 4-0 lead for the College. A single from Kelsey Hodgson put a runner at first and a groundout moved the third baseman in to scoring position. Catcher Mackenzie Maples followed through with a one-out single to drive in the Cougars’ fourth run.
A fifth run crossed in the fourth inning as Charleston was able to load the bases against Carson. A bases-loaded walk to Pedigo resulted in her fourth RBI of the day and ended the day for the Lady Mocs’ freshman pitcher. Deason came on in relief in the fifth with two outs and worked out of the jam, taking the game to the fifth with a 5-0 score.
The College of Charleston went up 6-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning as Rebecca Mueller doubled to right-center. Carly Corthell singled to put two on and an RBI-groundout from Ashton Jarrett scored the final run of the game.
Despite seven hits, Chattanooga batters left 10 base runners on, leaving the bases loaded in the sixth inning. The third inning was the only inning Chattanooga did not put a runner on.
Despite four strong innings of work, Carson ran into trouble in the fifth inning and ended the day with five earned runs on seven hits. The freshman walked three batters while striking out one.
Hope Clicker, the left-handed starter for the Cougars’, tossed seven innings, allowing seven hits and no runs while striking out four batters.
Sam Taylor (Chickamauga, Ga.), Anyssa Robles (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Sarah Beth Roberts (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.), Ninjja Suetsugu (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Jenny Garcia (Miami, Fla.) each recorded a hit while senior Kasey Tydiongco (Fairfield, Calif.) was 2-for-4 at the plate.
Chattanooga travels to Cookeville, Tenn. Wednesday afternoon to take on the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles in a 6 p.m. midweek game before hosting UNCG at Frost Stadium over the weekend.